PAID POSITIONS

After-School Program Instructor

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 Preschool Educator

The Nature Preschool at Irvine Seeks Early Childhood Educators

The Nature Preschool at Irvine is seeking reliable and enthusiastic educators to join our team. There are positions available for the upcoming school year. A love of nature, working with young children and a nurturing spirit are musts.

MAJORS: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, or related education
fields.

DESCRIPTION
Seeking enthusiastic, high-energy educators for The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center.
Educators will work with children ages 3-5. Must be experienced in working with preschool age
students and have a genuine love of the outdoors and hands-on learning.

Developmentally appropriate activities include trail walks, games, songs, dramatic play, art
projects and provocations, science experiments, nature journaling and live animal encounters. An
integral component of learning is outdoor exploration – you must be physically capable (and eager
about) vigorous outdoor play! We explore nature in all kinds of weather for at least 50% of our
learning time with students. The educators will work directly with students and co-lead teachers to
establish a positive, fun, and safe environment that allows children to learn
foundational skills while connecting with nature.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Help develop and implement emergent, nature-based curriculum for children ages 3-5
• Maintain a positive, safe learning environment for students; this includes compliance with MSDE
licensing requirements and NAEYC standards as an accredited preschool
• Work closely with co-lead teachers to support students, families and program goals
• Prepare and maintain teaching materials and activities
• Evaluate and document children’s growth and progress to be shared with parents
• Contribute to weekly email and blog posts with photographs, activities or anecdotes
• Attend required on-going professional development courses for enrichment
• Attend monthly Irvine staff meetings when available as well as weekly preschool meetings
• Participate in special preschool events and outings

QUALIFICATIONS
• Experience working with preschool age students
• Experience in outdoor interpretation, environmental education or natural history
• Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental Education and 90-hour
certification for preschool
• Strong communication, both verbal and in writing
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Basic computer experience for sending emails, word processing and uploading photos
• Current First Aid and CPR certification

TIME COMMITMENT
Full or part-time hours to be determined with additional opportunities for the right candidate
*NOTE: We require a school year commitment.*

Pay: Commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY
Send cover letter, resume AND the names of three references to: Karen Madigan
Director of The Nature Preschool at Irvine 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

Earth Friends Lead Teacher

Earth Friends Lead Teacher

Earth Friends Homeschool Program at Irvine Nature Center is seeking a reliable, enthusiastic educator to join our team for the upcoming school year. A love of nature, working with young children and a nurturing spirit are musts.

Majors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental or Outdoor Education or related fields.

JOB DESCRIPTION: We are seeking an educator to lead nature-based classes for children ages 5-14 for the Earth Friends Homeschool Programs. Educator must be experienced working with elementary age students and have a love of nature and hands-on learning. Educators are responsible for the safety of the students as well as for planning and implementing daily lessons. Educators must have excellent communication skills as they also work with families to dialogue about students. The leader should be well versed in Nature Pedagogy 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. This position reports to the Head of Earth Friends Homeschool Programs.-

RESPONSIBILITIES
•Establish a safe learning environment for children to flourish physically, socially, emotionally
and cognitively in nature
•Plan and implement nature-based curriculum which includes handling live animals, trail walks, and
unstructured nature exploration and play
•Supervise and support teaching aides, interns or volunteers
•Collaborate with other teaching staff to establish a cohesive approach to Earth Friends
•Dialogue with your supervisor and families about children’s progress, needs and concerns
•Perform on-going documentation of the children’s learning processes
•Contribute to weekly email and blog posts with photographs, activities or anecdotes
•Attend required on-going professional development courses for enrichment
•Attend monthly Irvine staff meetings when available

Qualifications:

•Education, Early Childhood Education or Environmental Education
referred
•Familiarity with homeschool education
•Current CPR Training, First Aid or Wilderness Survival Training
•Experience working with children, especially in alternative or outdoor settings
•Basic computer experience for sending emails, word processing and uploading photos
•Must be able to lead hikes up to two miles long daily

Time Commitment: Up to 15 part-time hours to be determined with additional teaching opportunities in other ECE programs for the right candidate.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and the name 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

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

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