Black Rock Forest- Director of Education
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 11:31 AM

The successful candidate will have a strong background in the natural sciences and experience in

teaching for diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor settings, providing programs for a variety of age-
groups from K-12 to adult audiences. The candidate should also have experience supervising staff and/or

interns and managing programs ranging from day trips to summer camps. Experience in environmental
and/or educational research is preferable but not required. In addition to direct teaching, the candidate
will serve as program-level liaison between Black Rock Forest (BRF) and the institutional members of the
Black Rock Forest Consortium. They will work closely with BRF’s research and conservation staff to bring
state of the art programming to the varied constituent audiences of Black Rock Forest. The candidate
should be creative, dynamic, innovative, self-motivated, and willing to work with a variety of audiences
including teachers, researchers, and conservationists to develop and implement relevant programming in
the 3,920-acre forest.

Job Description:
● Plan, coordinate, and lead as needed forest explorations and lab investigations in science and related
disciplines for groups of students from elementary school age to college
● Liaise with program staff at consortium member institutions, including visiting schools, meeting with
educators, and presenting to groups
● Collaborate with teachers to develop new activities and curricula for consortium member use
including use of recently renovated Moretti Education Center
● Support logistics for school groups and public education visits, including adherence to appropriate
policies and procedures
● Connect Black Rock Forest research and conservation programs to education programs
● Track forest visits and curate data collected on school group visits, and make these data readily
available to consortium audiences
● Manage online access to forest data and curricular materials (e.g., Peck Stacpoole Online Education
● Maintain physical educational resources including field equipment and lab spaces in the Moretti
Education Center, overseeing purchasing as needed
● Support integration of technological advances in education including the use of smartphone app
innovations and digital data collection tools
● Support community science activities in the Forest for students and the public
● Recruit and supervise education interns
● Participate in grant writing to expand the BRF education team and programs
● Ensure that all educational programs promote cultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Qualifications and Experience of the Successful Candidate
● Bachelor’s and graduate degrees, preferably in environment-related sciences and/or education,
especially STEM/STEAM education
● Significant training and teaching experience in a range of K-12 educational settings in disciplines
related to ecology and forest ecosystems
● Experience designing hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities, including experiential and
transdisciplinary education, with a view to adapting for different age-groups and audiences, including
youth of color, immigrants and underserved youth
● Demonstrated cultural competence and experience with promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in
teaching and in organizations
● Knowledge of field equipment and methods, data collection and analysis
● Proven superior communication skills (written, oral, digital) for a wide range of age-levels
● Experience in the use of technologies for teaching and learning including video production and editing
● Knowledge of the Hudson Highlands’ ecology, history, and conservation desired, though not essential

Application Materials: Send the following to Susanne Vondrak at [email protected]:
● Cover letter + Resume + Names of Three References
● Statement of Educational Philosophy (max. 2 pages)

• Forest-related lesson plan that you have used and/or created, and a written reflection on the
lesson activity. OR:
• Brief video (max. 10 min) of sample teaching (outdoor or indoor forest-related lesson) and
written reflection on the activity.

Application Deadline: Rolling until the position is filled

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Start Date: Fall 2022 or later

Driver’s license necessary