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Seasonal Environmental Educator

Job Location

New Paltz, NY


Type of Job



$17 per hr.

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Published Date

Jan 6, 2023

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Join the Mohonk Preserve Team!

Seasonal Environmental Educator


About Mohonk Preserve:

Located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Preserve is New York’s largest nonprofit nature preserve. Our mission is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. We manage over 8,000 acres of mountain cliffs, forests, fields and streams through four integrated programs – Conservation, Education, Stewardship, and Visitor Experience – and welcome over 300,000 members and visitors each year who come to hike, run, rock climb, boulder, bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and enjoy and experience nature.


Based in a vibrant university community, Mohonk Preserve offers a great working environment in one of New York’s greenest counties, with all-season recreation, access to Preserve lands, a dynamic, committed team of conservation professionals and long legacy of conducting ecological research and environmental education. The Preserve is also the home of one of America’s premier rock-climbing destinations.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission. Successful candidates will be equity-minded and committed to furthering our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice (DEIJ) goals. Mohonk Preserve encourages applications from women, minorities and/or other underrepresented groups.


About the Position:

We have exceptional Environmental Education programs for all ages including in-school programs; field studies; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); public and teen programs and more. We are seeking an individual who loves the outdoors and enjoys sharing nature with children. Organizational and positive interpersonal skills are a must. This non-exempt position is seasonal and part-time from March 20 - December 31, 2023. If successful, potential to return for an additional 10-months. Reports to the Director of Education.



· Teaching: $17/hour

· Housing may be available if needed


Essential Functions:

· Ensure the safety and supervision of program participants, outdoors and indoors

· Serve as role model for Mohonk Preserve’s stewardship ethics and philosophy of environmental education

· Train to deliver outreach programs to schools, libraries, and the community

· Lead outdoor environmental education programs and hikes


Desired Skills and Experience:

At Mohonk Preserve, our priority is finding the best candidate for the job. We encourage you to apply even if you don't meet all the qualifications or have a less traditional background.

· Bachelor’s degree in Education, natural sciences or related OR equivalent combination of education and experience

· Experience teaching/working with children outdoors

· Ability to plan and implement fun, educational hikes and activities

· Strong organizational skills

· Excellent interpersonal communication skills including comfort communicating with all ages and other staff

· Have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to ensure that all people are respected and welcomed at the Mohonk Preserve. This includes participating in ongoing education and other work the organization undertakes to develop and incorporate these principles

· Driver’s license and vehicle required

· Bonus skills:

o Bi-lingual (Spanish/English)

o Knowledge base of the natural and cultural history of the region



Mohonk Preserve’s main offices are located at our Visitor Center in Gardiner, NY. Working hours to be coordinated with supervisor.


COVID-19 Considerations:

The health and safety of our employees and their families is of the utmost importance. Mohonk Preserve requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask per CDC guidelines CDC Mask Guidance. Regular testing may be required for the unvaccinated. All employees are expected to adhere to required Mohonk Preserve COVID-19 protocols.

Mohonk Preserve is a smoke-free campus.


Physical Demands:

· Must be able to hike at least 5 miles with some elevation gain while carrying 20 pounds

· Frequently works outdoors

· May require standing, walking, hiking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, carrying equipment


How to Apply:

Resumes will be accepted with letter of interest and 3 professional references for contact (include email & phone). Applications must be received by January 25, 2023. Email to:

The anticipated start date of this position is March 20, 2023.

No phone calls please


Additional Information:

More information about Mohonk Preserve can be found at

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