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We're hiring an Education Field Science Specialist!

Billion Oyster Project is currently hiring an Education Field Science Specialist.

To apply:

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2019

Through the Oyster Research Station (ORS) program, teachers and community scientists attend a one-day training session in order to adopt an oyster research station. More than 200 ORSs–wire mesh cages stocked with live oysters–are deployed at more than over 30 locations in all five boroughs. Participants monitor the growth of the oysters a minimum of two times a year and report the results via BOP’s digital platform, along with related information on water quality and biodiversity. The collective, open-source database is used for research purposes by students and community scientists and helps inform BOP’s overall restoration strategy.

The Education Field Science Specialist is a member of BOP’s Education Team and will directly support the schools and community scientists who participate in our Oyster Research Station (ORS) Program. The Education Field Science Specialist will oversee all functions of the ORS program including permitting, deployment, and maintenance of the ORS cages. Additionally, the Education Field Science Specialist will lead ORS trainings and continuously sustain participant relationships.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
● Provide assistance to ORS participants at their waterfront sites
● Develop and cultivate relationships with all ORS participants.
● Promote, prep and lead ORS trainings
● Maintain permits
● Deliver, install, and maintain ORS at waterfront sites
● Main contact for ORS participant inquiries and troubleshooting
● Procure, pack, and maintain ORS materials and research supplies
● Collaborate with the Fabrication Technician on the construction of ORS.
● Collaborate with the Hatchery, Manufacturing, and Volunteer management teams to schedule
production of oysters and oyster research stations.
Skills & Qualifications:
● Excellent verbal communication skills and comfort working with groups in a non-formal
educational setting
● Excellent organizational, time management, and clerical skills
● Data collection and management
● The ability and desire to work creatively in a problem-solving environment demonstrating
teamwork, innovation, and excellence
● Comfortable working outdoors in all conditions: on docks, piers, and boats. Some duties may
require hopping fences, railings, and moving heavy equipment.
● Familiarity with and enthusiasm for oyster ecology and marine/estuarine systems
● Strong work ethic, professional manners, and ability to adapt to changing schedules and tasks
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Suite
● Valid US driver’s license required
● First Aid certification (or willingness to obtain certification through in-house training)
● Some duties may require moving equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
● Must be able to travel to distant locations in New York City using all forms of transportation.
Education & Experience:
● Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or four years of related work experience
● Experience planning fieldwork is required
● 1 year of experience working with school groups and/or the public is preferred but not required
● Small boat handling experience preferred but not required (training, if appropriate, may be

Salary commensurate with experience

*Any person working in the New York City DOE buildings, working with NYC DOE students or who has access to NYC DOE confidential information is required by New York State law to undergo a security clearance, including fingerprints, prior to commencing services. All prospective employees (either working for NYC DOE or for a Vendor) must have a security clearance before starting work. No one can be fingerprinted by the NYC DOE or undergo the security clearance unless they have been added to the organization or agency’s PETS (Personnel Eligibility Tracking System) roster.

**Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all
applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Billion Oyster Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.