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environmental job skills program director

The Environmental Job Skills Program Director manages the after school and summer Environmental Job Skills Program for high school juniors and seniors. The position is responsible for designing environmental research and restoration projects and ensuring that they are successfully executed in line with project goals. The Program Director must be a technically skilled environmental scientist and be able to balance the accomplishment of tangible environmental goals with successful youth development. The position reports to the Director of Programs and Operations.

Responsibilities include:

Program Development and Execution: Ensuring the planning and implementation of a comprehensive internship program in environmental research and restoration

  • Offers engaging and relevant programs to participants built on the requirements of grant-funded environmental work whenever possible

  • Fulfills all programmatic content and schedule commitments to dedicated funding sources

  • Implements Rocking the Boat’s Technical Skills curriculum and works with participants to demonstrate individual achievement through mastering those skills

  • Incorporates principals of Positive Youth Development in program planning and delivery

  • Guides participants in developing a portfolio of their accomplishments in the program for use in post-secondary opportunities

  • Collaborates with other Program Directors and Social Workers on program development, shared programming and training opportunities, promoting and delivering college and career exploration activities, and other opportunities

  • Works with Student Environment Program Director and Social Work team to identify and interview prospective participants

  • Collaborates with the Social Work team to help participants set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals

  • Develops and leads day and overnight trips designed to introduce participants to professional opportunities

  • Participates in monitoring and evaluation exercises designed to assess programmatic success

Program Administration: Ensuring the timely and accurate preparation of information and data necessary to deliver successful programs

  • Identifies and researches prospective environmental projects

  • Manages multiple concurrent environmental research and restoration projects as defined by individual project goals

  • Manages scientific partnerships at local universities, public agencies, non-profits, and private consultancies; develops and manages contracts/agreements with partners as needed

  • Maintains accurate participant records including attendance, technical skill accomplishment and other information

  • Supports the Development Department with grant proposals, budgeting, and reporting requirements

  • Assists in budget development; tracks program budget; sources and purchases needed materials and equipment within the parameters established in annual budgets; provides timely and accurate accounting of all expenses

Program Facilities, Equipment, and Safety: Ensuring that the physical resources are in place to provide safe and successful programming

  • Follows all Rocking the Boat safety protocols; identifies and corrects any safety issues

  • Manages and maintains Rocking the Boat’s boat inventory including wooden rowing craft and other waterfront equipment such as dollies, oars, and PFDs

  • Maintains environmental lab, other program spaces and equipment

  • Collaborates with the Student Environmental Program Director to manage and maintain rain garden

Cross-Organization Support: Contributing to the promotion and smooth operations of the organization

  • Supports the Development Department in fund-raising activities as requested

  • Contributes to the maintenance of shared resources

  • Manages program volunteers and hosts visitors

  • Participates in other activities as necessary to fulfill the mission of Rocking the Boat


  • B.S. in Environmental Science, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, or related ecological fields required; MS preferred

  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting

  • Experience or desire to be involved in community-oriented education programming

  • Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, and an ability to work independently

  • Proficiency in basic computer applications

  • Driver’s License

  • Willingness to work long days and weekends, as necessary

Rocking the Boat offers:

  • Full-time salaried position

  • Full benefits package including 401(k)

  • Opportunity to work with a creative, well-funded organization committed to community development and youth empowerment.

Expected start date mid-January 2020.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to with ENVIRONMENTAL JOB SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR as the subject.

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rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892