The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation operates six nature centers throughout the County. From parks along the Long Island Sound coastline to those in the hills in northern Westchester, the nature centers and parks that lie within are home to a number of habitats and host a great range of biological diversity. Naturalists assist with the role of the nature centers in environmental education, biodiversity study, and land management within the Conservation Division of the department. The nature centers host a number of school and scout groups, public programming, and nature-based summer camps for students entering grades pre-K through 9. Positions available at Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains, Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River and Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers.

Responsibilities 
• Plans and implements a variety of environmental interpretive programs for children and adults.
• Leads educational tours, nature walks, and conducts on-site or off-site environmental education and special interest programs.
• Assists in trail and park maintenance tasks
• Performs administrative tasks, such as attending meetings and trainings, preparing reports, and maintaining records.
• Assist or teach summer nature camp groups from July through August.
• Offer assistance and guidance to Nature Center patrons

Qualifications
Applicants should possess a love of nature, a willingness to work outdoors, and the ability to communicate effectively. Preference given to candidates with a proven history of environmental education or research, though all applications are welcome.

Requirements
• Minimum 18 years of age
• High School Diploma or GED
• Background Check and Pre-Employment Drug Testing required

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in natural or life sciences, natural history, park management, environmental education or a closely related field is preferred.

Hours/Salary
The position of Naturalist/Educator is an hourly position. Work days vary by site, one weekend day is required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Contact/Send Resume
Taro Ietaka
Recreation Supervisor
Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park


Westchester County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.