Friends of the High Line (FHL) is the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s non-profit partner working to ensure the park on the High Line is maintained as a great public place for all New Yorkers, neighbors, and visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing the maintenance, operations and continued construction of the park, FHL continues to expand its year-round schedule of innovative, free and low-cost programs for the public and members.
Friends of the High Line raises 98% of the High Line's annual budget. Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Educator will work with the School and Family team to facilitate educational programming on a unique historical, ecological, and cultural public space. Friends of the High Line views these programs as part of broader local engagement efforts, and seeks candidates committed to welcoming diverse audiences and cultivating relationships with neighborhood families.
- Facilitate field trips on the High Line, addressing New York City history, ecology, and park design.
- Lead one, 75-minute field trip three times a week.
- Work with a team of FHL staff and volunteers to facilitate family programs as scheduled.
After School Programs
-Assist the School and Family Programs Coordinator with after school programs at two local schools. Provide prep and attend planning meetings. Opportunity to develop curriculum and co-teach throughout the semester (January-June)
-Based on department need and educator’s interest, projects will be developed when not teaching. Projects may include curriculum development and research and family program research and development.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM with one unpaid 30 minute break each day.
With additional hours for family programs on Saturdays as scheduled. This is a part time position that runs until the end of June 2018 with the possibility of renewal.
- Experience working with children ages 4 to 12 in a non-traditional educational setting (e.g., museum or park).
- Knowledge of urban ecology, architecture, public art, and/or history and enthusiasm for the High Line
- Experience creating or facilitating hands-on, drop-in family activities, and working with large audiences
- Experience creating or facilitating after school programming.
- Ability to take initiative, work autonomously, be flexible, and make decisions on the fly
- Sensitivity to the needs and interests of families of different ages, abilities and backgrounds
- BA in education or museum studies strongly preferred
- Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Mandarin skills a plus
- Ability to stand for long periods of time, and work outdoors in all weather conditions, as well as the ability to perform physical labor (able to lift 40 pounds) is required
- Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
- Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people
- Excellent computer skills, including Google Suite, Word, and Excel
- Paid vacation, sick time and holidays
- Paid parental leave
- Medical, dental and vision insurance
- Commuter benefits
- Flexible spending accounts
- Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
- Citi Bike membership
- Discount on High Line merchandise