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By Susannah Black
January 5, 2016

 

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BOP is taking off, and that means that we’re building our team!

If you think you might be the right fit for one of the four positions below, please contact Montana Jernigan at hiring@nyharbor.org.

Job Title: Billion Oyster Project Engineer

Deadline to Apply: 1/15/2016

Job Description: BOP Engineer

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation is seeking to hire an Engineer with a background in computer science, physical computing,environmental engineering, and a firm grasp of project management to support development of the Billion Oyster Project’s environmental STEM curriculum and Ocean Engineering (OE) Program at New York Harbor School. The position is focused around two main areas of responsibility.

1) Help create the Billion Oyster Project’s underwater electronics kit by developing the “Harbor Sonde” water quality sensor kit and software; by leading teacher trainings in sensor engineering, computer programming, and deployment; and by supporting middle school students as they implement the Harbor Sonde.

2) Support New York Harbor School’s Ocean Engineering (OE) program by working with instructor Rick Lee to help manage the program, co-teach, and support students career technical education.

Position Overview

The BOP engineer will be the fourth full-time BOP Professional to join the staff of the New York Harbor Foundation. BOP Pros work directly with Harbor School CTE programs to facilitate student involvement in the work of restoring oysters to New York Harbor. The six Career and Technical Educational programs at Harbor School represent the six fields required for ecosystem restoration in New York Harbor. It is however challenging to engage students in these programs in the actual work given the demands placed on students and teachers. BOP Pros, facilitate this involvement by supporting both the teachers in these programs and the work of BOP directly. In this way, BOP Pros are intimately involved in lesson planning and delivery in Harbor School CTE classes and function in many ways as a high school teacher. BOP Pros also carry the responsibility of advancing the habitat restoration and educational goals of BOP outside the classroom. The BOP Engineer will follow this model. In addition to supporting the OE instructor at Harbor School, he/she will work to develop sensor units, train other teachers, design 3-dimensional reef infrastructure and serve as a bridge between Harbor School and middle school teachers in the BOP-CCERS fellowship.

The position includes the following duties:

Harbor Sonde

●  Development, prototyping and producing a “Harbor Sonde” using low cost sensors, microprocessors and components in collaboration with the Harbor School OE Program for distribution to BOP-CCERS teachers.
●  Work with BOP Web developers to integrate Harbor Sonde data into the BOP Citizen Science dashboard
●  Work with the BOP curriculum team to lead professional development workshops to train teachers in water quality sensing, Arduino programming and related technologies

Harbor School OE Program
●  Work directly with the Harbor School OE teacher and students to develop, plan and implement the high school CTE program in Ocean Engineering
●  Facilitate partnerships between OE students and participating middle schools
●  Assist in the ordering of supplies, set up of the classroom and labs and the organization of the OE shop

●  Identify and secure partnerships with industry professionals and postsecondary institutions

Required Qualifications

●  Professional knowledge of electrical engineering and ability to teach concepts and practice to students and teachers
●  Professional knowledge of Arduino IDE/C++ and ability to teach concepts and practice

●  Experience in design, development, deployment, and testing of environmental sensors or related professional experience

●  Comfort/dexterity working with teachers and students in classroom, lab, and field settings

Desired Qualifications

● Proficiency in Solidworks and other 3D modeling software
●  Proficiency in AutoCad
●  Proficiency in ArcGIS software

●  Proficiency in web (HTML and Java) development and native app development

Personal Attributes

New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project are fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of engaging school children in the restoration of their natural environment is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on multi-step complex projects.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position will be a salaried employee of New York Harbor Foundation. Benefits include health care, paid vacation time, and an extraordinary work setting on Governors Island and throughout New York Harbor.

 

Job Title: BOP Schools Project Coordinator for Documentation, Communication and Digital Content

Deadline to Apply: 1/15/2016

Job Description: BOP Schools Project Coordinator

New York Harbor Foundation (NYHF) seeks to hire an energetic and creative person to write, document, and build digital content for the Billion Oyster Project Schools Program. The position is supported through the BOP CCERS project, a National Science Foundation funded environmental education partnership project. The individual should be able to write well and produce high quality news stories about a range of topics and events for the project’s monthly e-newsletter and website. The individual should be proficient in creating and managing website content and preferably have a background in science communication. The ideal candidate will also have deep expertise in public education, with a focus on STEM, restoration ecology, and related fields.

The position is part-time, at three days per week only. Only individuals committed to working three days per week should apply. The position reports to the Project Manager. The position is based at NYHF’s office on Governors Island, a five-minute ferry ride from Manhattan, with one or more days per week at off site visits, observations, or working remotely. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes full benefits package.

Background:

The BOP-CCERS Partnership is a three-year education research project funded by the National Science Foundation and run by Pace University and New York Harbor Foundation in partnership with six other institutions. The goal of the project is to enhance STEM education in public schools by engaging students and teachers in long term restoration ecology and environmental monitoring projects in collaboration with peers, citizen scientists, STEM professionals, and community groups. The local restoration ecology project for New York City is New York Harbor Foundation’s Billion Oyster Project (BOP). The partnership is creating a place-based environmental STEM curriculum and community enterprise, as well as a replicable model of “restoration based education” for other settings and species. The model is based on the notion that school curriculum and student experience are made more meaningful and effective when linked to a local environmental restoration project of significance to the community.

The BOP-CCERS project includes five programmatic pillars: 1) the BOP Fellowship at Pace University School of Education, a monthly teacher training class in content and curriculum; 2) the BOP curriculum, an interdisciplinary science and math curriculum based around middle school students conducting authentic environmental fieldwork and research; 3) the BOP digital platform, a curriculum archive for teachers and citizen science dashboard + input app for students; 4) the BOP afterschool program, in which doctoral candidates mentor middle school students in afterschool programs using hands-on environmental science; and 5) BOP community exhibits, tanks and wet-lab education at local marine science institutions, the River Project and New York Aquarium. The partnership includes eight institutions: New York City Department of Education, Pace School of Education, NY Harbor Foundation, Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, NY Academy of Sciences, Good Shepherd Services, The River Project, and the New York Aquarium. Each partner is responsible for implementation of one and, in some cases, two pillars. There is extensive collaboration between partners around each pillar, as well as across the partnership to determine how each pillar fits together and constitutes the model as a whole.

Duties:

The overall focus of the project coordinator is to lead project documentation efforts for internal and external audiences; compiling the monthly e-newsletter and managing the project website in collaboration with project partners. The specific duties of the Project Coordinator are as follows:

Document major activities and milestones of each of the five pillars.

●  Communicate directly with project partners and participating teacher fellows to determine what events to attend and how best to support or participate.
●  Attend and document key project activities including meetings, teacher training workshops, classroom sessions with students, field trips, afterschool sessions, and annual symposia.

●  Using content provided by project partners and your own, write succinct and compelling news stories that describe major activities and milestones of the project.

Compile and publish the project’s monthly e-newsletter.

●  Communicate with project partners to obtain stories, media, and other content for the e-newsletter.
●  Edit partners’ content and compile the newsletter.
●  Write additional stories and create content as needed.

●  Publish the newsletter and promote it via monthly email blasts and other media.

Manage the project’s website

●  Update the project website with new content as needed.
●  Maintain a web based calendar of events and activities.
●  Work with participating teachers to obtain content for school profile pages
●  Work with other participants to obtain content for partner profile pages.
●  Other Project Coordination Duties as needed including:
●  Events coordination
●  Teacher/school outreach and communication

●  Classroom visits

●  Field visits and technical support

Required Qualifications:

●  Deep interest and understanding of public education, environmental science, and restoration ecology with a focus on New York City and Harbor
●  Excellent written communication skills including professional experience writing news stories and web content for an education-focused projects or organizations
●  Technical expertise managing websites and creating digital content

●  Excellent verbal communication skills; ability to conduct efficient, professional and friendly

communication with multiple stakeholders and project participantsDesired Qualifications:

●  Expertise in public school teaching, environmental education, marine science, or related field
●  Expertise in web development/programming

●  Expertise in graphic design using industry standard software

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position will be part-time (three days per week) salaried employee of New York Harbor Foundation. Benefits include health care, paid vacation time, and an extraordinary work setting on Governors Island and throughout New York Harbor.

 

Job Title: Billion Oyster Project Restoration Engagement Coordinator

Deadline to Apply: 1/15/2016

Job Description: BOP Restoration Engagement Coordinator (BOPREC)

The BOPREC is a hands-on restoration practitioner tasked with creating educational and volunteer events at BOP Community Reef sites. In addition to hands-on restoration and education they will work directly with the Communications team to promote the Community Reef Program and engage a broad cross section of New Yorkers in the restoration of New York Harbor.

About the Reef Construction and Monitoring Program

Oyster reefs are the final product of the restoration program at BOP. Typically oyster reefs are designed, constructed and monitored by students and teachers at Harbor School with the support of Foundation employees. BOP is transitioning to engage a broader cross section of New Yorkers in this work through the construction of several community reefs located at waterfront sites throughout the Harbor. The construction and monitoring of these reefs will be performed by Harbor School students in coordination with other schools, community groups and volunteers. These reefs will provide a tangible access point to participants and a means to engage the general public in the work of restoring New York Harbor.

Position Overview

The BOPREC will work with the restoration and monitoring team at Harbor Foundation to facilitate the construction and monitoring of oyster reefs in New York Harbor. A primary focus of this work will be engaging the general public and schools in restoration and volunteer opportunities on Governors Island and at Community Reef sites throughout the Harbor. The BOPREC will work directly with the Restoration Manager and BOP Professionals both in the office and in the field. The BOPREC will be the primary point of contact for volunteers and community groups engaged in work on reefs and on Governors Island. This is an educational position that will involve travel throughout the five boroughs and direct contact with a wide range of partners and communities.

The position includes the following duties:

Reef Sites

●  Assisting with the construction, maintenance and monitoring of oyster reef restoration sites
●  Coordinating field experiences with the Restoration and Monitoring team
●  Leading volunteers, schools and community groups in data collection, reef construction and restoration

●  Communicating these volunteer opportunities to multiple stakeholder groups using a variety of platforms

●  Ordering, organizing and managing data collection and reef construction equipment

Volunteer Programs

●  Primary point of contact for all BOP volunteers
●  Coordinating and leading weekly volunteer days on Governors Island

●  Coordinating and leading volunteer work days at community reef sites

Required Qualifications:

●  Bachelors in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies or another related field
●  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
●  Experience in formal or informal science education
●  Comfort/dexterity working with teachers and students in classroom, lab, and field settings

●  Fluency in social media platforms

Preferred Qualifications:

●  Masters Degree
●  Experience testing water quality or measuring other environmental parameters
●  Communications experience
●  Graphic design experience
●  Familiarity with local marine flora and fauna
●  Comfortable on boats and wading near shore
●  Ability to communicate in Spanish and/or Chinese

Personal Attributes

New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project are fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of engaging school children and volunteers in the restoration of their natural environment is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on complex, multi-step projects.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position will be a salaried employee of New York Harbor Foundation. Benefits include health care, paid vacation time, and an extraordinary work setting on Governors Island and throughout New York Harbor.

 

Job Title: Billion Oyster Project Curriculum Specialist

Deadline to Apply: 1/15/2016

Job Description: BOP Curriculum Specialist

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, New York Harbor Foundation is seeking to hire a full time curriculum specialist to direct the development of a year-long middle school science curriculum for restoration science. The position is focused around two main areas of responsibility.

1) Direct current middle school teachers and BOP staff in the development of curricula and classroom resources for teaching restoration based science

2) Design the overall curriculum structure, assessments and standards based on the New York State scope and sequence and Next Generation Science Standards

Position Overview

The science curriculum is a primary deliverable of the 3-year National Science Foundation funded project, BOP CCERS. Billion Oyster Project is in the business of engaging school children in the work of restoring oysters to New York Harbor. Public School science teachers are in a unique position to support these goals. The BOP CCERS partnership was developed to support middle school teachers in incorporating real-life restoration and monitoring questions into their classes. The best support for this work will be a curriculum that supports the standards that teachers are held accountable to while also involving the themes and activities of restoration science. Significant resources are in place to support the development of this curriculum. Science teachers attend monthly fellowship meetings, scientists and field science experts are developing field science protocols and in school resources, web and mobile app designers are developing tools to engage students and teachers and allow for data analysis and manipulation online. The Curriculum Specialist will be tasked with bringing these resources together and providing the necessary direction to facilitate the development of a coherent curriculum. The CS will work both in the Harbor Foundation offices on Governors Island and in the field supporting teachers in their classrooms and at fellowship meetings at Pace University.

The position includes the following duties:

●  Creating the BOPCCERS science curriculum map, assessments and performance standards

●  Directing Fellowship teachers and BOP staff in the development of curricula and classroom/field resources

●  Attend leadership team meetings and other project functions as required
●  Assist the BOPCCERS Project Manager and other senior personnel on tasks related to curriculum development, teacher training, field science, and digital platform development

●  Leveraging Harbor School teacher expertise in the development of the curriculum

Desired Qualifications:

●  Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline, or a Bachelor’s degree in STEM and a master’s degree in Education.
●  At least 5 years total experience in education, curriculum writing, or environmental restoration

●  Significant experience as fulltime classroom teacher in public schools, preferably grades 6-8 math or science

●  Experience with informal, afterschool, and/or museum or environmental based education

●  Up-to-date knowledge of STEM curriculum, instruction, assessment techniques and NY State Curriculum, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

●  Expertise in document publishing, including graphic design
●  Ability to work in a team environment using collaborative approaches

●  Strong communication and presentation skills

Personal Attributes

New York Harbor Foundation and Billion Oyster Project are fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of engaging school children in the restoration of their natural environment is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on multi-step complex projects.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Position will be a salaried employee of New York Harbor Foundation. Benefits include health care, paid vacation time, and an extraordinary work setting on Governors Island and throughout New York Harbor.

 

General Information

Contact:

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and resume/CV including three professional references to Montana Jernigan at hiring@nyharbor.org.

About New York Harbor Foundation:

New York Harbor Foundation is a regional environmental education 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve the access to, awareness and education about, and condition of New York Harbor. We lead the Billion Oyster Project, a large-scale marine restoration effort to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor by 2035. Our lead educational partner in New York City is the New York Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

About Billion Oyster Project:

BOP IS AN ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION AND EDUCATION INITIATIVE aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs. Students at New York Harbor School have been growing and restoring oysters in New York Harbor for the last six years. They have learned to SCUBA dive safely, raise oyster larvae, operate and maintain vessels, build and operate commercial-scaled oyster nurseries, design underwater monitoring equipment and conduct long-term authentic research projects all in the murky, contaminated, fast moving waters of one of the busiest ports in the country. Together and with the help of many partners these students have restored over eleven million oysters. Thirty-six public schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place-based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration. Each year, thousands of students participate in these learning opportunities.

About BOP-CCERS:

The BOP-CCERS Partnership is a three-year education research project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Pace University and New York Harbor Foundation. The goal of the project is to enhance STEM education in public schools by engaging students and teachers in long term restoration ecology and environmental monitoring projects in collaboration with peers, citizen scientists, STEM professionals, and community groups. The local restoration ecology project for New York City is New York Harbor Foundation’s Billion Oyster Project. The partnership is creating a place-based environmental STEM curriculum and community enterprise, as well as a replicable model of “restoration based education” for other settings and species. The model is based on the notion that school curriculum and student experience are made more meaningful and effective when linked to a local environmental restoration project of significance to the community.

About New York Harbor School: 

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, also called the Harbor School, is a public high school located on Governors Island. This school is unique in New York City, which has 538 miles (866 km) of waterfront, in that it attempts to relate every aspect of its curriculum to the water. The school is part of the Urban Assembly network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City. Harbor School is classified as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school and has six certificated CTE programs in marine science and technology. These are: Aquaculture, Professional Diving, Marine Biology Research, Vessel Operations, OE, and Marine Systems Technology. All students are required to choose and complete one of these six three-year course of study in order to graduate.