Jobs, Internships, & Volunteering

Here is a listing of opportunities available at the Ecology Center. This includes positions for volunteers and interns! You can also find a listing of openings on our idealist profile.


Staff Positions

There are no positions available at this time.

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We welcome volunteers to our various programs.

East River Park Volunteers

Volunteer and do green stewardship with us at East River Park! Fill out this form for dates and times.

Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse
Share a skill, concept, or practice with the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse community and public at large! Perpetuate consumer empowerment, creative reuse, and environmental consciousness. Utilize and alter our understanding of electronic waste. If you are interested, please email to learn more.

Please also take a look at our post about volunteering at the warehouse.



Environmental Education Internship

Position Summary

The Lower East Side Ecology Center seeks a college student or recent graduate interested in increasing community involvement and awareness of our urban environment through environmental education. The environmental education program offers workshop for school groups, community organizations, and the general public consisting of classroom instruction and/or outdoor field trips. Applicants must be committed to environmental stewardship, environmental education for all ages, and enthusiastic about programs presented to children and adults. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who enjoys working directly with program participants and is eager to educate the public in pursuit of a more sustainable NYC!

This position would be based out of the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Fire Boat House location in East River Park

About Us

The Lower East Side Ecology Center (Ecology Center) has been pioneering community-based models in urban sustainability since 1987. The Education Program at the Ecology Center works to increase development, awareness and access to interactive urban environmental education to all ages.

The Education Program uses the C.O.R.E values as part of the immersive learning approach. These values are Conservation, Observation, Restoration, and Education in pursuit of confronting modern day environmental issues. Programming incorporates C.O.R.E values throughout and makes connections to other Ecology Center programs. Educational workshops offered to schools and community-based organizations emphasize the urban setting and the unique circumstances regarding that setting. This is done such that participants can apply more sustainable living practices in their lives and communities.

Role & Responsibilities

This position offers an opportunity to work as part of a dynamic team and is best suited to someone who is an organized, strong collaborator that is able to work in a variety of environments and with different groups of people. Job responsibilities include:

  • Ensure a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for our diverse audience.

  • Provide careful and attentive supervision of our youth interns/volunteers.

  • Upholds the Education Program’s CORE values, Conservation, Observation, Restoration, and Education and the Ecology Center’s mission.

  • Maintain and organize equipment used by the education program. This includes fishing tools, aquariums, and work related vehicles.

  • Aid in the development, planning, and presentation of education programs.

  • Setting up prior to a workshop and cleaning up afterwards.

  • Assist with workshops/field excursions for outreach groups and other participants.

  • Assist with public Fishing Workshops held during the summer months.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nicolle Martinez at