Biocitizen NY Summer 2022 Internship Program

What is Biocitizen?

Biocitizen is the only educational institution in the world devoted to teaching Field Environmental Philosophy (FEP).

Our Brooklyn-based Our Place Summer School is designed to bring children into direct contact with the creatures, geologies, hydrologies, and infrastructures of the Canarsee Biome and the Hudson River Estuary. Through active physical and mental engagement with “our place,” students gain a deep & lasting appreciation of it—and themselves. We roam our place investigating our natural and cultural history with all of our senses. Our itineraries are carefully designed to be safe, challenging, and fun.

Our staff teaches while walking, guiding students into the world so they may discover it. Each session we attempt to bring students to sites of first human inhabitation and then work forward to the present moment. This happens recursively and nonlinearly; we establish motifs and return to and depart from them as our environments and attention spans morph.

Job Description:

FEP is a new discipline, and our new teacher will be trained in the practices of FEP and will learn about the human and ecological history of the Hudson River Estuary biome.

– The teacher will assist the Asst. Director Yubitza Bermudez, a current teacher at Biocitizen Chile.

– As a part of a 2-4 person team, the teacher will travel around NYC with students, teaching them the biocultural history of the city. This will include trips to Governor’s Island, Rockaway Beach, the Gowanus Canal, Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other sites of environmental and cultural significance.

– The teacher will assist in preparing lesson plans, outreach to local experts, arranging site visits, communicating with students and parents, ensuring a safe learning environment, blogging, managing social media, and logistical planning, including organizing transportation, planning hikes, and managing timing. The position is collaborative, and the teacher will work closely with the other staff.

– The position will run from late June to late August 2022, five days a week, 8:45am – 3pm in the field and generally 1-2 hours of non-field work per day. There will be a mandatory, paid training session in April 2022.

– $15-$25/hour commensurate with experience (opportunities to increase pay over the course of the position)

Qualifications:

– Genuine interest in the environment, education, and the biocultural history of NYC

– Genuine interest in researching and developing an FEP curriculum, developing programming, and building our New York community

– Enrolled in or a recent graduate from an accredited undergraduate or graduate program

– Expertise in education and the environment

– General knowledge of NYC (including a full understanding of how the city functions, especially its transportation systems and infrastructures)

– Loves working with kids and is interested in helping next generations understand what is happening to human culture at the beginning of the Anthropocene

– Physical fitness (because teachers teach completely in the field, generally walking six hours a day)

– Excited to explore the Hudson River Estuary biome and NYC’s amazing parks and neighborhoods

– A team player who knows how to collaborate and work with others and generously contributes to the school’s projects

Contact:

Send resume and a note of interest to ursa@biocitizen.org

Thank you for your interest in working with Biocitizen. We love it here and think you will too.

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances in administration of our employment policies, as well as in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school‑administered programs.

About the author

Ursa is the Assistant Director of Biocitizen NY. She is also currently studying Political Science and Human Rights at Columbia University.