Environmental Educator: Youth Programs P/T

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Compensation: $25/hour, MetroCard

Environmental Educator: Youth Programs 
Trees New York is an environmental not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to plant, preserve, and protect New York City's urban forest through education and community participation. Trees New York is the leading tree stewardship and advocacy organization in New York City. We have over 45 years of experience in community tree planting, stewardship, and education projects. Please visit www.treesny.org to learn more about Trees New York. 

Job Title: part-time Environmental Educator: Youth Programs
Job Location: 100 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038 
Schedule: 20 to 25 hours a week, some weekends required
Compensation: $25/hour, MetroCard 
Start Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023

 The objective of Trees New York's Youth Program is to work with New York City public school students to raise their awareness of environmental issues while advancing their reading, language, and investigative skills. Students are introduced to urban forestry-related topics like why trees are essential to the urban environment, tree biology, identification and maintenance, and environmental concepts such as the urban heat island effect, stormwater management, and climate change. The program is customized to students' grade level.  

 Program portfolio includes managing and teaching Trees New York's Youth Environmental Literacy Program, Fruit Trees New York, Green Horizons Conference, and the Young Urban Forester Internship. Please visit treesny.org to learn more about the programs.  



  • Conduct outreach and recruit schools, after school groups, and community gardens to participate in programs
  • Field calls and emails from interested parties about the program
  • Teach and engage students on urban forestry topics to, primarily students in grades 5 through 12
  • Lead outdoor, hands-on projects with students, including tree maintenance and tree planting
  • Coordinate procurement of trees, mulch, cleanup supplies, and tools
  • Travel to and from preliminary meetings for site inspection and meet with program partners
  • Prepare and update the curriculum
  • Manage and facilitate the Green Horizons youth conference on green careers
  • Partner with schools and community gardens to plant fruit trees and teach lessons on food literacy
  • Monitor program goals and milestones, report metrics, and help draft interim and final reports
  • Complete the Citizen Pruner course and pass the Citizen Pruner Exam
  • General office duties and assist Trees New York staff with special projects as needed


A Bachelor's Degree and experience in youth education. A strong candidate will have a background in education, environmental science, biology, urban forestry, or urban studies and the ability to teach and engage students and connect them with the urban forest. All programs are off-site, and the position requires the Environmental Educator to travel to schools, after school sites, and gardens throughout the five boroughs. The Environmental Educator will have a strong interest in urban forestry and urban agriculture, the ability to work outdoors for extended periods, and work cooperatively with staff, teachers, and school administrators.

Additional Information

Please email your resume and cover letter to nelson@treesny.org - Nelson Villarrubia, Executive Director, with the subject line EE Youth Programs.

Contact Information

Trees New York
Contact Name: Nelson Villarrubia, Executive Director
Email: nelson@treesny.org