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 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

School/Group Campout Leader

Position Summary:

The School/Group Campout Leader is responsible for leading campouts and evening activities for groups of up to 30 children and chaperones. These campouts are part of a grant funded initiative to provide Baltimore City youth with a safe, fun, educational and immersive outdoor experience. Campout Leaders will fulfill these goals by ensuring campsite safety, providing educational programs and leading students in campfire cooking. This position reports to the Director of Community Engagement.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for leading children (ages 10-12) in immersive one night camping experiences
  • Prepare and clean-up all materials, food, and campsite for each campout
  • Ability to make and maintain a campfire
  • Adhere to and teach “Leave No Trace” principles
  • Lead evening activities including night hikes, basic astronomy, and campfire songs
  • Must be able to lead camp groups in preparing a simple campfire meal
  • Communicate well with teachers, chaperones, and Nature Center staff and volunteers

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED:

  • High School graduate or equivalent
  • Experience working with groups of children
  • Ability to interact well with children, teens and adults.
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and energetic
  • Ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification (preferred)
  • Able to pass a Criminal Background Check
  • Environmental, Outdoor, or Science Education background highly preferable
  • Physically able to lift and carry 40lbs

TIME COMMITMENT:

  • Campouts are offered April through October
  • One 16 hour shift spanning two days/campout
  • Flexible hours. Must be available nights and some weekends.
  • Must be able to sleep overnight at Irvine Nature Center during shift
  • Necessary training completed prior to first campout
  • Additional work may be available for highly qualified candidates.

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter and three references to the attention of Courtney Sagal, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email to CourtneySagal@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

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

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