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Youth Programs Coordinator

The Organization  
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. The Education Department provides hands-on learning experiences for children, youth, teachers, and intergenerational groups of visitors in the arts and sciences to educate and inspire life-long learners. 
Role and Responsibilities
The Youth Programs Coordinator is actively engaged with assisting in the planning, administration and implementation of all aspects of the Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) and Forest Project programs. The Youth Programs Coordinator will also lead activities and teach in the programs and contribute to ecological restoration projects at Wave Hill and in surrounding natural areas.   
Specific duties include, but are not limited to: 
  • Take the lead during the intensive summer programming in one of the following areas: 
- facilitating and co-teaching a geographic information systems (GIS) course and related projects. 
  - facilitating and co-teaching an ecological restoration course and related projects. 
  • Assist with the supervision of Youth Programs part-time staff and 50 interns in Forest Project and WERM.  

  • Coordinate outreach and recruitment efforts, including attending school visits and career fairs. 
  • Plan, implement and lead workshops for WERM students during the academic year, most of which are on Saturdays and are both on and offsite.  
  • Work closely with education staff and other departments to ensure efficient administration of programs, including scheduling in our digital content management system, tracking intern attendance, inventorying and ordering supplies, and assisting with reporting and marketing efforts. 
  • Create and facilitate educational programming throughout the year in GIS, ecological restoration, stewardship, youth development and/or citizen science, which often involves collaboration with external partners.   
In addition to experience with teaching and administrative duties, other requirements include: 
  • An undergraduate degree with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues.  
  • Significant experience and coursework in GIS including: 
  - the ability to use the software proficiently.  
  - manage GIS layers and files for student and program use.  
  - strong background in foundational content to be able to co-teach basic concepts.  
  - enthusiasm and passion to learn more. 
  • Experience and/or coursework in some of the following: 
  - woodland restoration, including invasive removal, plant identification, trail work and tool maintenance.   
  - urban environmental issues and/or NYC parks and environmental initiatives.   
  - coursework topics of the science of ecological restoration; forest ecology and/or urban parks management 
  • Experience working with environmentally youth focused programming, and cultural competency to work with diverse and local Bronx communities.  
  • Enthusiastic, organized, strong interpersonal skills, and flexible in handling different and sometimes challenging situations.  
  • Ability to work outdoors with little supervision, and to perform labor-intensive tasks including some heavy lifting.  
  • Strong interest in Wave Hill’s education programs and mission.   
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; knowledge of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft SharePoint, Zoom, and Google Meet a plus. 
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing with comfort driving in NYC and surrounding area is preferred. 
Schedule and Salary
This is a full-time position reporting to the Youth Programs Manager. The schedule during the academic year is Tuesday to Saturday and in summer Monday to Friday. There is some offsite travel to schools, and occasional evenings required. Salary is $42,000 plus benefits including: medical, dental, vision insurance; paid time off; 401k, pension plan and life insurance.  
Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Wave Hill 
Wave Hill is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or genetic information. Wave Hill is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, programs and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact  
To Apply 
Send resume and cover letter in a single PDF document to Please state Youth Programs Coordinator in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and only those receiving an interview will be contacted. Candidates asked to interview for the position will be required to submit a curriculum sample and prepare a demonstrated lesson using information provided. No calls please.