About Solar One

Solar One is a 501c(3) organization that empowers communities in the New York City metro area to thrive in the face of the challenges brought on by climate change, and to embrace a world that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.


Originally founded in 2004 to manage Stuyvesant Cove Park, a two-acre native plant park and a small environmental education center, Solar One has grown into an award-winning organization with a thriving array of programs. Solar One's mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We empower learning that changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. We are seeking a dynamic individual passionate about sustainable and inclusive community development, driven to use their talents to advance real change.


Job Summary

The Environmental STEM Educator will be responsible for teaching Solar One’s sustainability curriculum, Green Design Lab, which explores topics such as environmental justice, the climate crisis, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable food & water systems.  The two main programs that the Educator will teach are Solar One’s environmental STEMoom residencies for grades 3-12 and our climate action and green career exploration program for HS youth. Solar One’s hybrid schedule is flexible, but this position will require teaching in-person throughout the NYC metro area. There is the potential for occasional travel around New York State. Prepping and training will be done at our office space in Long Island City, Queens. Computer-based work can be done at home or at our office.


Main job responsibilities include:

          Teach Solar One’s K-12 curriculum focused on climate action and environmental STEM. Teaching is often at schools, traveling throughout NYC is required. Workshops might be held during school or out of school time.


          Communication with schools and other community partners. This may include program planning and materials coordination.


          Deliver a 6-week high school summer program focused on green careers from July through mid-August. Students are paid to participate through the Summer Youth Employment Program.


          Collaborate with the education team on program, evaluation and curriculum design.


          Track and record activities delivered to schools and teachers.


          Assisting Director of K-12 Education as needed on projects such as social media, website updating, data entry, etc.



Qualifications and Skills

Successful candidates for this role should be able to demonstrate the following:


          Bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental science, sustainability, education or related field.

          Must pass background check and clear DOE fingerprinting.

          Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required.


Subject Area Expertise Required

          Minimum 1-2 year’s experience teaching K-12 audiences content aligned with STEM, climate action, environmental sustainability or similar topics.

          Curriculum development experience is a plus.


Technical Skills

          Basic Microsoft office

          Google Suite


Soft Skills

          Professional communication

          Strong Writing Skills

          Project Management

          Time Management

          Attention to detail




To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to karen@solar1.org


Pay and Benefits:

This position is Full Time

Pay $60,000-$65,000, depending on experience


We offer a variety of benefits depending on the position type.  Our full-time benefits include:

          A work environment where your contribution is essential and celebrated

          Training and career development

          Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, EAP

          3 weeks of paid time off that increases with tenure

          Life and disability insurance

          Paid Holidays

          401(k) retirement savings


Solar One is an equal opportunity employer. Solar One strives to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of renewable energy and resilience and people in a rapidly changing world. Solar One recruits and employs through a lens of equity and encourages people of all races, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law to apply.



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