PAID POSITIONS

Marketing and Communications Manager

About Irvine Nature Center:

Founded in 1975, Irvine Nature Center is the Baltimore region’s largest private non-profit environmental education organization, located in Owings Mills, MD. Irvine’s mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature. The center is open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week, year round. Irvine is located on 210 acres, offering wetlands, woods and meadows for exploration, ten miles of hiking trails, an Outdoor Classroom, an accredited Nature Preschool and a 17,200-square-foot sustainably designed building with interactive exhibits and live animals.

Position Summary:

The Marketing and Communications Manager is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive marketing and communication plan for the organization. This comprehensive plan includes increasing visibility and participation in all of the organization’s programmatic activities; the look and content of the organization’s publications, development of successful fundraising, advertising and promotional materials. The Marketing and Communications Manager works closely with the Director of Education to promote Irvine’s programs and the Director of Development to maximize the organization’s fundraising efforts. This position is full time with benefits and reports to the Director of Operations.

Position Responsibilities:

MEDIA & PR

  • Develop and implement a marketing strategy that effectively markets Irvine and educates the public in terms of Irvine’s educational offerings, membership, annual giving and fundraising events.
  • Direct market research activities to track changing demographics and other relevant issues to evaluate marketing and communication activities and monitor emerging issues.
  • Develop media list and maintain a strong and productive relationship with both print and electronic media ensuring that the organization is understood by the media and that the media are interested in presenting Irvine’s information to the public.
  • Serve as Irvine’s point person and spokesperson to the media.
  • Develop Irvine’s general and customized media kits.
  • Write press releases and WYPR scripts.

PRINT, WEB & BRAND

  • Manage brand and key messaging in all media, including online and print sources, and social media.
  • Manage the organization’s website, including developing and posting content, creating navigational system, and identifying and supervising outsourced web vendor.
  • Manage all Irvine printed materials including:
    • Direct Mail & Online Appeals in coordination with the Director of Development
    • Understory – produced 4 times per year in coordination with Director of Operations (create editorial plan, manage staff assignments, prepare production time line, oversee design and production, write articles)
    • Brochures – Education, Camp, Membership, Corporate, etc.
    • eNewsletter and other eMessages
    • Stationary, invitations and business cards

OTHER

  • Contribute to onsite signage look, feel, design and fabrication.
  • Develop partnerships with other environmental and community organizations.
  • Research and respond to opportunities for Irvine’s exposure in the community (including, but not limited to, speaking engagements and presence at fairs and festivals).
  • Keep abreast of all trends in the industry.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Report statistics (including web, eNews, social media, new members, etc.) to AdComm team.
  • Increase Membership

Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience related to marketing, communications or public relations
  • Excellent writer
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, PR, social media and event planning
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to engage and inspire visitors, donors and staff
  • Commitment to Irvine’s mission and a keen interest in environmental issues

Salary: Commensurate with experience

To apply: Qualified applicants only, please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Courtney Sagal, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email CourtneySagal@ExploreNature.org

Manager of School and Urban Education Programs

Position Summary:

Irvine’s Manager of School and Urban Education Programs is primarily responsible for developing and leading environmental education programs for students and teachers. Responsibilities include (a) overseeing the planning, maintenance and evaluation of Irvine’s school field trips, classroom outreach and teacher workshops, (b) developing and implementing Irvine’s urban education initiatives for Baltimore City schools and (c) leading Irvine’s education programs and summer camps and assisting with special events. This position is full-time with benefits and reports to the Director of Education.

Position Responsibilities

School Programs

  • Design and lead school field trips and classroom outreach programs for students
  • Develop and lead courses and workshops for teachers
  • Evaluate and revise curriculum materials to match local, State and national education standards as needed
  • Work closely with Irvine’s administrative assistant to schedule school programs and instructors
  • Assist schools with their Green School certification applications
  • Assist with strategic planning, program growth and the preparation of monthly and annual reports

Public Programs, Volunteers & Interns

  • Design and lead Summer Nature Camp sessions for pre-K through teens
  • Present programs to groups: scouts, senior centers, libraries and other community organizations
  • Teach programs, courses and workshops for adults, families and children
  • Train, supervise and evaluate interns and volunteers who on school program

Other

  • Contribute to Irvine’s newsletter, blogs and other publications
  • Assist with special events as needed
  • Respond to public requests for information
  • Provide information to Irvine’s Development staff for grant proposals and reports
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with schools and other community organizations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or natural science
  • Minimum three years environmental education, curriculum development and teaching experience
  • Knowledge of local, State and national education standards
  • Experience in both the informal and formal classroom settings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel and overall computer literacy
  • Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings for special events

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Kimberly Godack at GodackK@explorenature.org.

After-School Program Instructor

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Irvine Nature Center is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and organized individual to prepare for and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education for after-school programs, with elementary aged children.  Under the direction of the program instructor, this position will plan and implement enrichment activities, recreational activities, and behavioral management with students in these programs. All programs take place at Baltimore County schools.

Assigned Responsibilities:

  • Lead environmental education lesson plans for school-aged children.
  • Create and prepare materials, lessons and manipulatives needed for program.
  • Communicate with parents, personnel, and others to provide information on such things as program activities and student progress.
  • Maintain classroom discipline for the benefit of student safety and an enriched learning environment.
  • Ensure that program policies and procedures are followed at the school site.
  • Supervise volunteers and intern assistants.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be interested in natural sciences, environmental and science education, outdoor recreation, or related fields
  • Work experience with children
  • Strong interest in the environment and natural history
  • Strong interest in education
  • Familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities
  • Your own transportation
  • Excellent communication skills

Majors:

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, or Human Services. Natural sciences, social work, or related fields also considered.

Hours:

  • 20-25 hours per week
  • Must have availability between 2-6 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday

 

Please send resume and three references to Courtney Sagal.

Nature Birthday Party Leaders

Position description

Irvine Nature Center is looking for two weekend Nature Birthday Party Leaders to provide fun, educational nature birthday parties for kids ages 3-10. There are several themed parties including Wild Things, Woodland Fairies, and Barnyard Bash. Experience with children in a teaching setting preferred, as parties have up to 20 party guests in attendance. Enthusiasm is a must! Training will be provided, including training to work with live animals, which are part of the party experience. There is also an outdoor trail component to each party for kids to play games or explore an aspect of nature. Science and natural history background is strongly recommended – kids (and their parents) will ask lots of questions! Lastly, art projects, songs, and stories are also incorporated into the nature birthday party experience. Creative, high-energy, nature-loving educators wanted!

Qualifications

  • Must be available weekends.
  • Hours are on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 9a.m. to 6p.m. with occasional Friday parties from 4-6p.m. or 6-8p.m.
  • Must have own reliable transportation.
  • Must have high school degree. Some college coursework in Education or related field preferred.
  • Must have previous experience and references for work with children.
  • Natural history and science background preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and professional demeanor.
  • Must be enthusiastic, reliable, and fun!

To Apply

If you are interested, please send your resume and three references to Courtney Sagal.

Posting Always Open

Forest Dreamer Teacher

Outdoor Forest Immersion Program Seeks Leader!

MAJORS Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, or related fields

JOB DESCRIPTION We are seeking a primary guide to co-lead our Forest Dreamers program at Irvine Nature Center. This part-time leader will facilitate a completely outdoor forest immersion program geared for children ages 4-6 years old. The leader should be well versed in Nature Pedagogy for early learners and possess substantial teaching experience working in outdoor or alternative settings. Candidate should be deeply committed to values of sustainability and conservation and have a solid understanding of developmentally appropriate practice.

We are not looking for a formal educator or someone who wants to develop “curriculum”. In the truest sense, this program harkens to the European model of forest kindergartens in which the children explore nature making their own connections with no prescribed curriculum.

RESPONSIBILITIES • Maintain a positive, safe learning atmosphere for children • Provide stimulating outdoor learning opportunities for children ages 4-6 • Implement a daily rhythm for exploration, including tools for child-directed investigation • Incorporate a variety of methods to document learning processes

QUALIFICATIONS • Experience working with early learners • Experience teaching in outdoor or alternative settings • 90-hour certification preferred • Strong communication and organizational skills • Ability to work as part of a team • Computer experience (IE use of Outlook, upload digital photos, supply purchasing, comfort using social media, etc.) • Current First Aid and CPR certification • Your own reliable transportation

TIME COMMITMENT Part-time hours are for 5 hours/ day on Mon.-Thurs. mornings with additional opportunities for the right candidate. You may be needed to help staff occasional evening or weekend events (approx. 1 per month) as well.

*NOTE: We require a commitment for both Fall and Spring semester of the program.* PAY Will commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY Send cover letter, resume AND the names of three professional references to:

Karen Madigan Director of The Nature Preschool Irvine Nature Center,

11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

(phone) 443-738-9223 (fax) 410-902-8210 (email)

MadiganK@ExploreNature.org www.ExploreNature.org

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

After-School Program Volunteer

Irvine Nature Center is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and organized intern to prepare for and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education programs for school-aged children at area elementary schools. Under the direction of the program instructor, this position will help to plan and implement enrichment activities, recreational activities and behavioral management with students in these programs. All programs take place at Baltimore County schools.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be interested in natural sciences, environmental and science education, outdoor recreation or related fields
  • Work experience with children
  • Strong interest in the environment and natural history
  • Strong interest in education
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities
  • Your own transportation

Hours

  • 10-15 hours per week
  • Must have availability 2-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Butterfly House Intern

The Butterfly House intern assists the Naturalists/Animal Care Coordinator in the upkeep of the butterfly house exhibit, which opens for programs and public visitation in June. From April to September, the intern assists with tasks such as propagation and watering of native plants, rearing of caterpillars, collection of adult butterflies, and other maintenance tasks. There will also be opportunities for the intern to act as a docent/interpretive guide for guests to the Butterfly House.

Position Available – Spring & Summer 2017

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or high school graduate
  • Ability to interact well with children, teens and adults
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and energetic
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check
  • Ability to work in varied weather conditions including rain, wind and sun.
  • Tolerance for all forms of life including insects, snakes, spiders, mammals, amphibians, etc.
  • Able to lift 35lbs
  • Ability to identify caterpillars, butterflies and native plants a plus!
  • Ability to work well with other volunteers and interns
  • Experience gardening and taking care of animals preferred
  • Attention to detail

Hours

15 hours/wk during regular Irvine hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Urban Education Intern

Position Available

Irvine Nature Center is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and organized intern to prepare for and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education programs for school-aged children. The intern will be trained to implement science-based lesson plans and will learn local natural history, trailside activities and teaching techniques.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be interested in natural sciences, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or related fields
  • Work experience with children
  • Strong interest in the environment and natural history
  • Strong interest in education
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities
  • Your own transportation (will be traveling to Baltimore City)

Majors

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, and Secondary Education. Natural sciences, Environmental Science, or related fields also considered.

Hours

  • 20-30 hours per week
  • Must have availability between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, some evening and weekends will be required
  • Position available: September to December or February to May.

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Special Event Intern

Position Description

Irvine Nature Center seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with event planning efforts. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual interested in learning more about nonprofit fundraising and event planning. The internship offers exciting hands-on experience and the opportunity to gain new skills.

Position Responsibilities

  • Solicit sponsors, create and coordinate the drafting/distribution of promotional materials, assist with the management of event staff and volunteers, and cover the logistics of the event.
  • Update guest registration, seating information and related data entry.
  • Manage and implement a plan for securing silent auction items.
  • Assist with ensuring the special events content on the Irvine website and social media sites are updated.
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement and guest follow-up.
  • Plan and facilitate planning committee meetings including distributing agenda and taking minutes.

Qualifications

  • Completed or working towards a college degree, preferably with and interest in non-profit development or event planning.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines.

Hours: This is a part-time, unpaid internship.  10-15 hours per week.

To apply: Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Animal Care & Exhibits Intern

Position Description

Irvine’s Animal Care and Exhibits Coordinator is primarily responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of our education/exhibit animals (reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, mammals, and birds of prey) and interactive exhibits. As an intern, you would be assisting the Coordinator in the daily duties of the position, including but not limited to:

  • Feed animals daily
  • Keep exhibit enclosures presentable to the public
  • Maintenance of lighting, filters and pumps
  • Upkeep of live plants in exhibits
  • Keep daily logs of animal feeding, cleaning, health, and activity
  • Provide exercise and enrichment for the animals
  • Check exhibits daily, clean the exhibit hall and maintain interactive exhibits
  • Cordially interact with public and be able to give impromptu information about Irvine Nature Center, our animals, and exhibits
  • Assist staff in live animal handling
  • Assist with special events as needed
  • Respond to public requests for information
  • Communicate with Coordinator and Naturalists about changes in animal behavior, problems with exhibits, etc

Qualifications:

  • College sophomore through graduate pursuing a major in biology, animal science, education or related field
  • Experience handling and/or desire to work with animals of all varieties
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently
  • Position is available from September to December, January to May, or June to August.

Hours:

  • Flexible; Preferably 5 to 10 hours a week, multiple days

To Apply

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Posting Always Open

Development Intern

Project Description

Irvine Nature Center is seeking an enthusiastic and organized individual to assist the Development Department with various tasks.  Duties include help with preparing development mailings, filing, internet research and possible data entry. Enthusiasm and attention to detail are a must.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Interest in environmental issues, non-profit management or education desirable
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Your own transportation.
  • Interest in fundraising activities

Hours:

  • 10-20 hours per week
  • Must have availability between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday

To Apply

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Posting Always Open

Naturalist Intern

Position Description:

Irvine Nature Center is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and organized intern to prepare for and lead hands-on, outdoor environmental education programs for school-aged children. The intern will be trained to implement science-based lesson plans and will learn local natural history, trailside activities, and teaching techniques. Other general duties include assisting with live animal care, program materials maintenance, trail and garden work, and exhibit interpretation.

Majors:

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, or Human Services. Natural sciences, Environmental Science or related fields also considered.

Qualifications:

• Applicants must be interested in natural sciences, environmental science, science education, outdoor recreation, or related fields
• Work experience with children
• Strong interest in the environment and natural history
• Strong interest in education
• Excellent communication skills
• Familiarity with (or enthusiasm to learn) a variety of environmental education activities
• Your own transportation

Stipend/Hours:

• Stipend Available
• 20-30 hours per week
• Must have availability between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Monday-Friday, some evenings and weekends will be required
• Must be available for training dates TBD.
• Position available September to December, February to May, or June to August.

To Apply

Please send resume and three references to Diana Roman.

Posting Always Open