The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy is seeking volunteers to assist with our Coastal Habitat Heroes environmental education program for 4th grade students in spring 2020. Coastal Habitat Heroes, a curriculum based program of the Every Kid Outdoors Initiative, engages 4th grade students in hands-on activities, including beach seining and a shoreline cleanup, and is offered at park sites around Jamaica Bay including Plumb Beach, Marine Park, Canarsie Pier, and Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary. Education Program Volunteers will work with the JBRPC staff to assist with program facilitation, preparation and cleanup.
Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities
Assist JBRPC education team with all aspects of program facilitation and classroom management, including leading students through a shoreline cleanup and associated data collection, maintaining the program schedule, and moving students between stations efficiently.
Assist JBRPC education team with dragging a large beach seine net in up to 2-3 ft. of water. (Optional)
Assist JBRPC education team with program set up and clean up, including carrying program supplies, including waders, a large seine net, buckets and trash pickers, and full trash bags to and from the program site.
Maintain a safe and positive learning environment for all 4th grade students.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills
Professional demeanor and ability to engage the public in JBRPC's mission
Experience/comfort working with children in educational setting
Ability to perform physical labor, and willingness to get in water, with waders provided
Ability to work independently and as part of a group
Willingness to submit to a background check
To apply, please submit a brief statement of interest and weekday availability between March 18 and June 11 to: firstname.lastname@example.org and note Education Program Volunteer in the subject line.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
177 B 116th St., Suite 4, Rockaway Park, NY 11694, US
The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is a public-private partnership established in 2013 that is dedicated to improving the 10,000 acres of public parkland throughout Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula for local residents and visitors alike. With its partners at the National Park Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, JBRPC works to expand public access; increase recreational and educational opportunities; foster citizen stewardship and volunteerism; preserve and restore natural areas, including wetland and wildlife habitat; enhance cultural resources; and ensure the long-term sustainability of the parklands.
The JBRPC supports parkland in Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway peninsula through various means including public programming, park restoration projects, volunteer stewardship programs, curriculum-based education programs, and capital planning and construction. In 2020, the JBRPC expects significant growth in our educational portfolio and outreach. An important piece of our educational portfolio is our Coastal Habitat Heroes program, supported by the National Park Foundation’s Every Kid Outdoors Initiative (EKO). This initiative ensures that 4 th graders are eligible for a free pass to every national park for themselves and their families for a year through curriculum based learning and field trips. Our program for 4th graders, Coastal Habitat Heroes, is a hands-on introduction to the flora and fauna of Jamaica Bay, and the threat this ecosystem faces from marine debris. Students participate in citizen science and coastal stewardship through hands-on activities including beach seining and participation in a shoreline cleanup during their field trip. Their field trip is complemented by a NYS-standard aligned pre-and post-lesson package we provide to teachers. We are looking for enthusiastic, qualified volunteers to support our field trips!
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
177 B 116th StSuite 4Rockaway Park, NY11694
February 19, 2020
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
The Coastal Habitat Heroes program will run from March 18-June 11, 2020. Field trips last approximately 1 1/2 hours and volunteers will be scheduled for approximately three hours to support program preparation, facilitation, and cleanup.