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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/27/24

Applications Due03/19/24

Vacancy ID152155


AgencyParks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Office of

TitleEnvironmental Educator 1 (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade14

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $50678 to $64693 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Other (see below)

"Other" Explanation Daytime, weekend, holiday, and evening work is required.

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 12 AM

To 11:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Rockland

Street Address Bear Mountain State Park, Trailside Museums & Zoo

4 Fort Clinton Way

City Bear Mountain


Zip Code10911

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).*

To be considered for appointment through NY HELPS, or 55b/c, candidates must meet the open-compettitve minimum qualifications for this position.

The qualifications are:
Four years of experience in environmental conservation in a professional or technical capacity or professional teaching of environmental education AND one year of experience teaching about or interpreting the natural world.
Substitution: Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, environmental interpretation, environmental science, natural history, natural sciences, or a closely related field may substitute for four years of the general experience.
Candidates may also be qualified for permanent competitive appointment if reachable from the appropriate Civil Service eligible list or eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service Law.

Additional Comments:

*For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non- competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

Duties Description Under the direction of the Environmental Educator 2, the Environmental Educator 1 will oversee educational programs within various parks in the Palisades Region. A primary responsibility will be coordination of the Harriman State Park Regional Nature Museums, a summer program of Trailside Museums & Zoo (Trailside) entering its 105th year. Additional duties include developing environmental programming & public events; coordinating, recruiting, and teaching school groups and other audiences; providing impromptu pop-up programs at park facilities, and supervision of seasonal staff. This role will also require coordinating and supporting environmental educational programs at Trailside and at other parks in the region.

The Environmental Educator 1 is responsible for:
• Four Regional Nature Museums in Harriman State Park
o Overall coordination of the Regional Nature Museums, under supervision of the EE2. It is expected this will be the incumbents full-time responsibility from early June to late August.
o Hiring, training, and supervising seasonal education staff (typically 8 people) for June-August season.
o Developing, conducting, publicizing, and evaluating environmental education programing at the museums.
o Preparing lesson plans/activities for a wide range of ages and groups and developing teaching aids.
o Serving as primary contact between the Regional Nature Museums and summer group camps in Harriman State Park, the programs primary audience.
o Coordinating/scheduling with camp staff for camper visits to the museums as well as educator field trips to the group camps.
o Working with Trailside Museum and Zoo staff on administrative aspects of the program, including hiring paperwork, reporting hours for payroll, and purchasing supplies.
o Coordination of museum exhibit animal permitting requirements, collection, and care with Trailside Zookeeping personnel.
o Upkeep of museum grounds and facilities in coordination with Trailside and Group Camp maintenance staff.
o Development of social media postings to highlight museum activities and augment in-person education.
o Evaluating the effectiveness of programs and revising and modifying content in response to program needs, changes, deficiencies, and needs of particular groups.

• Educational Duties when the Regional Nature Museums are closed, September-May.
o Under guidance of the EE2, support environmental education programming at Trailside and throughout the region.
o Develop and prepare curricula for the Regional Nature Museum program.
o In coordination with the EE2 and Trailside office staff, recruit and hire seasonal staff for the Regional Nature Museums.
o Work with representatives from schools, colleges, organizations, and the public to promote environmental education at park facilities.
o Assist planning and fulfillment of Trailside and other park public events.
o In collaboration with the Palisades Park Conservancy Inc., pursue and develop grant applications to support the Regional Nature Museum Program.

Additional Comments The posted hiring rate is the sum of statutory hiring rate of ($50,678) and location rate of ($3,087).

• Daytime, weekend, holiday, and evening work is required.
• Must have ability to work with groups of all ages; special focus or experience in early childhood education preferred.
• Must have ability and willingness to handle and care for live animals.
• Must have and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s License as a term and condition of employment.
• Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
• Candidates may be required to report to other facilities throughout the region on an as needed basis.

There are various benefits that a permanent employee is entitled to, based on their negotiating unit:
• Vacation, Holiday, Sick, And Personal Leave - leave benefits including 13 days of paid vacation leave in the first year of employment with bonus days for additional years of service; 12 days annual paid holidays; five days annual paid personal leave; and 13 days of annual paid sick leave.
• Health Care Coverage
• Retirement Plan
• Payroll Deduction Savings Plans
• Tuition Assistance Programs
• Life Insurance and Disability Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Employee Wellness Program (EWP)

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Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Chris O'Sullivan, Environmental Educator 2



Email Address


Street Bear Mountain State Park

4 Fort Clinton Way

City Bear Mountain

State NY

Zip Code 10911


Notes on ApplyingTO APPLY:
If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications and the agency’s operating needs, and are interested in being considered for this vacancy, you can obtain an Employment Application from your local park office, your region’s administrative headquarters or you can download an application from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation by visiting the website

Please email your application and resume to Chris O’Sullivan, Environmental Educator 2, at

All qualified persons are invited and encouraged to apply.

It is the responsibility of each applicant to accurately describe their experience and demonstrate that they meet the minimum qualifications and agency operating needs.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask or mandate in any form, that an applicant for employment provide their current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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