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NBBC Is Hiring: Education Facilitator

Education Facilitator (Seasonal)

Job Description

The North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC) is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Facilitator to work on educational programming through June 31 of 2019. NBBC offers environmental education to the general public through on-water tours and on-land activities at 2 locations in Greenpoint. We are seeking an experienced paddler with an interest in environmental education to help our organization deliver grant-funded paddles in May and June, and to help us prepare for the season and keep our equipment and fleet maintained throughout. Working with volunteers, the Facilitator will organize and coordinate small and large paddle events, many of which the Facilitator will be responsible for scheduling and promoting. Additional duties as determined by the grant coordinators may include painting, repair and maintenance of boats and shipping containers, and working on signage and boat-storage solutions. The facilitator will work independently, and can also expect to solicit help from our large pool of volunteers and work with others. In addition to paddling experience, the Facilitator will need light carpentry and painting skills and an interest in sharing our mission of environmental education with the public

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with volunteers
  • Schedule and promote public paddles
  • Help with grant-funded activities
  • Schedule, coordinate, and organize on-water events
  • Some graphic design work for signage and online promotion
  • Keep track of numbers of participants
  • Help grant coordinators with reporting duties
  • Help maintain Club boats and equipment

Work Schedule & Compensation

10 hours per week, April 15 – May 1; 20 hours per week, May 1 – June 30. Availability to work on weekends is a high priority; scheduling is flexible. Possibility of additional hours depending on funding availability. $30 per hour.

Qualifications

Highly motivated and self-driven with ability to work well with others and independently. Knowledge of Newtown Creek and environs. Has own basic tools and bicycle. A natural communicator. Some background in marine or earth sciences is a plus. Must be very comfortable in small boats, able to teach basic paddle skills to others. Canoe experience is a requirement as is willingness to learn new paddling skills. Fluency in Spanish or Polish is a plus.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to info@northbrooklynboatclub.org. Resume should include 2 to 3 references. Position will remain open until filled.

About NBBC

The North Brooklyn Boat Club is a 501c(3) non-profit 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.

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.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

NBBC Supports Save the Boundary Waters

In 2014. NBBC welcomed Amy and Dave Freeman on their journey by canoe from Ely, Minnesota, to Washington, D.C., where they hoped to draw attention and federal protection to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining. Two years later, the fight not over, Amy and Dave spent an entire year in the BWCA. Part of that year is captured in the short film Bear Witness:

The BWCA is still threatened by the sulfide-ore copper mining. Here’s the latest information from Save the Boundary Waters:

Recently, federal agencies in charge of managing and protecting this area denied two old mining leases next to the Wilderness and announced a two-year “time out” on mining activities in order to thoroughly study the watershed of the Boundary Waters and determine if this is the wrong place for sulfide-ore copper mining. This is a great first step as we work to establish permanent protection, but our work is not done. Please ask your family and friends to join you in signing our petition, thanking decision-makers for taking this first step, and urging them to enact permanent protection for the Boundary Waters: Here’s the link to take action.

We hope all NBBC members and all those who believe in preserving one of the last unpolluted spaces in the United States will tell the government that you care about saving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area from pointless industrial degradation.

We at NBBC paddle all season in waters that are thoroughly imbricated in the country’s industrial legacy. We treasure those small measures of wilderness that break through this history of abuse: egrets in Dutch Kills, kingfishers in Bushwick Inlet, cormorants watching the ferries pass on the East River. All of these things let us see the city again, for the first time, in new ways, and rededicate us to NBBC’s mission: enabling and advocating for access to the waterways of New York for its residents. Stewardship and rehabilitation of those waterways is the natural outgrowth of this mission.

Egret in Dutch Kills, July 28, 2017

It seems natural then, to expand this mission to one of the few places left in the country that has not suffered this extraordinary abuse, where you can dip your canteen into the lake water for a drink and listen to the loons call in the autumn and the wolves howl in the winter. We hope everyone who sees this takes a moment to learn more about the Boundary Waters and then takes action.

Opening Day 2017! Sunday May 21!

This Sunday, May 21, 2 PM – 8 PM, we’re ditching the dry suits for a sunny and beautiful 2017 opening day!

So come down to the the Broadway Stages Boatyard and party like only NBBC can!

Join us to celebrate the opening of the 2017 paddling season with live music, grilled goodies, cheap drinks, and fire — and maybe even boating!