Native Foods/Stewardship Educator

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Are you interested in nature-based solutions to climate change? Are you passionate about sustainable land stewardship, wild foods, or urban ecology? Join us! Solar One, a nonprofit leader in New York City on the cutting edge of sustainability education, is seeking a part-time educator to deliver programming as part of our Stuyvesant Cove Park program. We are looking for contributors with a special interest in building a more resilient future by supporting, growing, and teaching nature-based systems.

Stuyvesant Cove Park serves our community and beyond as a resilient and beautiful space, that has evolved from formal native plant gardens into a productive natural ecosystem. This engineered native food forest is a vibrant example of regenerative stewardship on a former industrial site, and the only NYC park that encourages foraging of wild foods. We also have a permaculture plant nursery, hold native food events, and sell small quantities of produce to restaurants.

Solar One is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We manage this city-owned property in partnership with the NYC EDC. Since 2004, Solar One’s dedicated park staff have educated urban residents about the complex interdependencies of native plants, wildlife, and people through children’s programs, park tours, field trips, volunteer days, professional development workshops, and other interactive opportunities.

Overview of Position:
Solar One is seeking an educator to deliver on-site programs in Manhattan on a part-time basis from April 2020 - October 2020. Additionally, the educator will work with interns, community members, and volunteer groups to teach sustainable stewardship theory and practice in the park.


  • Lead engaging and innovative programs for the public in our native food forest.
  • Deliver high quality on-site programs to K-12 NYC school students during the school year and camp groups in the summer. Educators are responsible for all lesson
  • materials prep and delivery.
  • Teach and work with individuals and groups of volunteers for stewardship events.
  • Collaborate with the education and parks teams on program and curriculum design.
  • Track and record programs delivered.
  • Assist in coaching and mentoring high school and college interns.
  • Facilitate nature play in the Permaculture Play Garden.
  • Help track and evaluate program impact, outcomes and participants’ progress.


  • Bachelor’s degree - natural science, education, and art preferred;
  • 1-2 years of education experience working directly with students;
  • Knowledge and/or interest, and capacity to teach in areas of art practice, urban agriculture, permaculture, restoration agriculture, agroecology, soil science, restoration ecology, horticulture, climate change, food systems, culinary arts, foraging, environmental justice, indigenous peoples history and culture, and urban planning;
  • The ideal candidate will have a strong background in wildcrafting, outdoor education, and youth development.
  • Experience in classroom/group management skills; demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults; adept at handling groups outdoors.
  • Agricultural/land management experience a plus.
  • Willingness to travel to deliver occasional off-site programs;
  • Ability to be self-directed, work collaboratively, and be flexible;
  • Ability to perform manual labor and work outdoors in a physically demanding environment;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Computer skills, including Google sheets; graphic design/art skills desirable.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and/or fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear, and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Additional Information

Solar One is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. We are committed to diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status.

Please email cover letter and resume to Emily Curtis-Murphy at No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled. Salary commensurate with experience.

Contact Information

Solar One