NBBC Is Hiring: Environmental Education Coordinator

Environmental Education Coordinator (Seasonal)

About NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides public access to the East River and Newtown Creek. NBBC is dedicated to advocating for human-powered boating and stewardship of the waterways around North Brooklyn. Since 2012, NBBC has safely taken thousands of people out onto the water and run environmental-educational programming for dozens of schools and educational groups. More info here.

Job Description

The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Coordinator to oversee educational programming throughout the summer and fall season of 2018 (June-October). NBBC offers environmental education to visiting school groups, community organizations, and the general public through on-water trips and on-land activities at our boatyard in Greenpoint. We are seeking a motivated self-starter to conduct outreach, organize volunteers, handle administrative duties, maintain our educational space, and run on-land programming. The coordinator reports to the president of the Board of Directors.


Tasks include outreach and scheduling with existing and new educational, community, and corporate partners; coordinating with volunteers; marketing of education programs; administration of payments and invoices; and running marine-based education programming using established NBBC lesson plans and activities. Opportunities for additional tasks depend on the candidate’s experience and availability and on additional funding resources.

Work Schedule & Compensation

  • 15 hours per week, June 1st through October 31st
  • Availability to work some weekends is required; scheduling is flexible
  • Possibility of additional hours depending on funding availability
  • $20 per hour


  • Highly motivated and self-driven with ability to work well with others
  • A natural communicator with experience in environmental education, community outreach and engagement
  • Experience working with groups of all ages in an educational setting
  • Familiarity with Greenpoint/Williamsburg/Bushwick neighborhoods is helpful
  • Background in marine or earth sciences is a plus
  • Knowledge of grassroots nonprofit administration helpful
  • Must be comfortable in small boats, willing to learn basic paddle skills; canoe experience is a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish or Polish is a plus.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to info@northbrooklynboatclub.org. Résumé should include 2 to 3 references.

Position will remain open until filled.

The Public Paddles Are Here!

The next public paddle is Opening Day, May 26!

The next public paddle is Opening Day, May 26!

At these free, informal paddles, North Brooklyn Boat Club welcomes walk-up participants to join trained NBBC guides for short trips on Newtown Creek and often out toward the East River, where we often pause to take in the view of Manhattan. Usually we take out our 25′ big canoes. Everyone on the paddle works together under expert instruction to forge a unique NYC experience, seeing the city in a new way. We might also take out regular tandem canoes or sit-on-top kayaks depending on the weather.

Heading west along the bulkhead

Heading west along the bulkhead

In Dutch Kills

In Dutch Kills

Public paddles are free and open to everyone. We especially hope to welcome our Brooklyn neighbors to the boatyard to see the city the way we love to see it — from the water. In particular, we are proud to welcome other nonprofit community organizations to join us and relax from the hard work of making the world a little bit better.

We will try to get everyone who shows up on the water using our war canoes, but the earlier you arrive the better your chance of going on a paddle. All our voyages are led by certified trip leaders and include some of the best views of the city. This is a great way to check out the boatyard and get a chance to explore the local waterways. Paddling is free! And we serve beverages, great veggie food, and other snacks. Our public paddles are child and pet friendly.

This year’s schedule (subject to change; please check our Calendar of Events):

  • Saturday, May 26, 1-6 PM — Opening Day 2018!
  • Saturday, June 16, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 14, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, July 28, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, August 18, 12-4 PM
  • Saturday, September 8, 12-4 PM

The big canoes!

The big canoes!

Spring Soirée and Raffle at NBBC

Fire, food, drinks, entertainment, and raffle prizes!

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 6-10pm
NBBC Broadway Stages Boatyard
51 Ash St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
$5 admission, which includes a raffle ticket

Raffle tickets will be sold from 6-7, with drinks, food, and fire available
Speaker: Shawn Forno 7-7:30
Acoustic Set: Concetta Abbate 8-8:40
Raffle Winners Announcements! 9:30

Buy raffle tickets and try for one of many excellent NBBC prizes, from paddle trips to art lessons

Winter Workshops Keep Things Warm at NBBC

We’re whiling away the winter with a wide array of workshops at NBBC!

It’s a problem as ancient as boating and cold weather: what to do until it is warm enough to get back out on the water again! This winter, we’ve filled the cold days with workshops, classes, and other activities in our new enclosed space, the Crystal Shed. Built by NBBC member-volunteers, the Crystal Shed is warm and welcoming when the winter winds blow!

The NBBC Nautical Knitters have made the Crystal Shed their home this winter!

Nautical Knitting in the new Crystal Shed, January 2018

Their pattern (ahem) is to meet every two weeks, steered through the winter days by Monica and Heather. In the Crystal Shed, they have found new ways to combine their interests:

Keep an eye on the NBBC Calendar for more chances to join Nautical Knitters in action!

Build Your Own Rescue Gear Workshop

On a cold February Saturday, the wood stove in the Crystal Shed was fired up to keep warm a group of trip leaders and trip assistants as they expanded their kits by crafting rescue gear.

Led by Chris Raab of Tuktu Paddles, who has also worked with NBBC’s Canoe Committee as a trainer for trip leaders, the group constructed contact tows, stirrup rescues/short tows, and tow bags.

These items become important pieces of trip gear and complement the intense training undertaken by the member-volunteers who lead NBBC’s many canoe and kayak paddles during the season. Plus, they just look cool!

Brad will save you!

As serious and important as rescue gear is, of course, the day was also a pretty great excuse to use a heat gun!

Heat gun!

And building paddling gear felt like taking one step closer to spring!

More Member Workshops Coming Up!

On February 11, Monica and Heather will hold the first installment in their suite of classes designed to help NBBC members advance toward Official Paddler status–and hopefully trip leader, too!

This first class, Marine Radio and Weather for Boaters, offers important information for the urban paddler. Next to your life jacket, a marine radio is your most important piece of safety equipment. Become one of the few people in the Five Boroughs to be in the know of how to use a marine radio according to FCC and Coast Guard regulations. This class will also cover the basics of weather for boaters.

This is the first of a series of five classes that provide crucial information for those seeking to to become an NBBC Official Paddler.

  • Marine Radio
  • Everything Local
  • Trip Planning Part 1: Theory
  • Trip Planning Part 2: Practicum
  • Nautical Knots

These classes are for NBBC members–another reason to join the club!

It’s Almost Paddling Season — and It’s a Perfect Time to Join NBBC

All NBBC parties and events; member trips by canoe, kayak, and rowboat; and Environmental Education activities are run by our member-volunteers and funded mainly by membership dues. NBBC members make everything possible. Membership in the North Brooklyn Boat Club is a way to tell the world that you are committed, caring, and adventurous — and the perfect way to find meaning and adventure in the midst of the urban grind.

Coming back from Wallabout Bay, October 14, 2017. The Bone Shore. Photo by Holger Neuhaus

The benefits of becoming a North Brooklyn Boat Club member are many:

  • More chances to paddle with trained NBBC trip leaders! (See our calendar)
  • Learning paddling, navigation, and safety skills to assist trip leaders and help get more people involved and on the water
  • The opportunity to complete our Official Paddler process, which permits use of club vessels and equipment outside of organized paddles
  • Access to our cabin at ACA Camp Lake Sebago on a beautiful lake in Harriman State Park. (NOTE: You must also join the ACA to use Camp Lake Sebago)
  • Attending the annual NBBC meeting
  • Involvement and investment in NBBC’s work to advocate and facilitate water access, human-powered boating, and environmental restoration of the waterways of North Brooklyn, including outreach to other community organizations

The 2018 Membership dues are still just $40! That’s less than two weeks of a Metrocard because we want to include as many people as we can as NBBC members.

But how do you join such a wonderful club?!

A holiday URL

Just use our online membership form. And when you join up or any time afterward, adjust your Member Profile to specify what kinds of club activities you want to hear about via e-mail and what volunteer opportunities most interest you. You can also print out a customized membership card and use it to show people that you are committed to adventure, fun, advocacy, stewardship, and all the good things in life!

A fire lit to guide us home . . . Manhattan Circ, October 7, 2017. Photo by Holger Neuhaus

North Brooklyn Boat Club uses membership dues to fulfill our mission: enabling and advocating for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering North Brooklyn. The organization enables local citizens to be effective stewards of the ecology and so preserve the recreation and freedom that the waterways engender.

Membership puts the power in human-powered boating!

If you don’t like to pay for things online, want to discuss a sliding scale for dues, or have any other questions, check out the options on our membership page or e-mail us at info@northbrooklynboatclub.org.

Renew your membership or join today!