Per-Diem | Staten Island, NY


Educators provide Snug Harbor programming and maintain reliable, consistent service. Snug Harbor Education works with a broad variety of people, providing programming to school-age students, seniors, tourists, and any group that services curious minds. Educators play a crucial role in engaging visitors more deeply with Snug Harbor, past and present. Educators ensure a positive visitor experience, acting as a friendly and informed first point of contact. Programs happen at Snug Harbor, in senior centers and neighborhood centers, and in school classrooms.

Educators understand that engagement objectives are multifold: Delivering student learning objectives, maintaining participant enjoyment and customer satisfaction, and raising community awareness of Snug Harbor’s mission. Snug Harbor school programs emphasize inquiry and experiential learning. Educators draw on enthusiasm and curiosity to embrace the richly diverse facets of Snug Harbor’s mission.

Classes and tours are in diverse areas:

  • Life sciences, including wetlands, agriculture, and horticulture
  • Arts, both visual and performing
  • History, including urban history, maritime history, and colonial history
  • Social Studies, especially Chinese history and annual festivals

Educators report to the Visitor Services & Education Coordinator, with training and supervision provided by the Coordinator and Senior Educators. Educators are hired per diem. Shifts are typically 2 hours, with highest demand on weekday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Educators have the opportunity for additional work with Visitor Services.


Under the supervision of the Education Coordinator and Senior Educator, the Educator:

  • Leads groups on tours and workshops on Snug Harbor grounds and off-site in a timely, effective, and safe manner
  • Delivers content in an engaging and informative manner, with a focus on the learner
  • Sets up and cleans up before and after programs, maintaining continuous communication about supply inventory
  • Coordinates with other Educators to service multiple groups simultaneously, including preparation and clean up
  • Coordinates with relevant Snug Harbor staff for site access
  • Communicates with teachers regarding their class, content, and students, and conforms to NYCDOE protocol
  • Meets the needs of diverse learners, including different age groups, different amounts of background knowledge and experience, different ethnicities and cultures, different learning styles, and different educational and physical requirements
  • Communicates reliably with Education Department staff, including checking work email daily and responding promptly
  • Participates in training and professional development, including regular debriefing sessions
  • Maintains consistent awareness of current Snug events, including information about seasonal fauna/flora, constituent events, and security concerns
  • Represents Snug Harbor CCBG and Snug Harbor Education at community outreach events


  • Teaching experience in the classroom, after-school, camp, non-profit, or museum settings
  • Proven content expertise in at least one area of programming, including education
  • Experience working with vulnerable groups with special needs is preferred
  • Detail-oriented, proactive, with excellent follow-up skills and customer service mindset, both inside and outside the organization
  • Ability to take direction, work quickly, independently and with discretion
  • Strong facility with Google Drive and Google Analytics
  • Preferred candidate must be able to travel to various schools in the metropolitan NYC/SHCCBG service area


The qualified candidate for this position will bring a mix of energy, adaptability, judgment, communication and critical thinking skills and “roll up the sleeves attitude” towards their work. Additional qualifications include:

  • An outgoing personality with the ability to communicate well in public settings
  • Ability to critically look at your work reflectively and desire to continually improve
  • Willingness to have your work viewed and discussed by colleagues, and the ability to participate kindly and thoughtfully in analysis of colleagues’ work
  • Able-bodied, capable of walking long distances, lifting and carrying 30 pounds
  • Active learner, energetic, enthusiastic, and creative
  • Communicative in a timely fashion through email, text, and in person
  • Excellent verbal communication and people skills, with a focus on providing excellent customer service and strong presentation skills
  • Excellent time management and problem solving skills
  • Second-language proficiency preferred, especially Chinese or Spanish in addition to English
  • Personable, a team player, and extremely organized
  • Strong leader with excellent verbal communication skills, including a focus on good customer service
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both alone and in groups
  • Maintains an interest in best pedagogic practice and develop literacy in social-emotional learning principles and appropriate developmental milestones


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with salary history and resume to with the subject line “Educator – [Your Name].” We are an equal opportunity workplace and welcome cultural diversity in our workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, however ONLY those selected for an interview will be contacted.