Employment Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Join a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about nature, animals, and education. Irvine Nature Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Manager of Animal Care and Exhibits Coordinator

Overview

Irvine’s Manager of Animal Care & Exhibits Coordinator is primarily responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of our extensive live animal collection (invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds of prey) and sharing these Animal Ambassadors with students in Irvine’s various education programs and with the public. The person in this role also manages Irvine’s interactive exhibits. This full-time position (with benefits) reports to Irvine’s Director of Education.

 Areas of Responsibility:

General Animal Care:

  • Oversee daily feeding, care, and enrichment of Irvine’s 50+ live animals
  • Order/prepare all necessary food and supplies
  • Keep daily, monthly, and seasonal logs of animal feeding, cleaning, health, and activity
  • Maintain lighting, climate, water pumps and plants in natural-setting animal exhibits
  • Work with local chapter of Trout Unlimited to raise triploid rainbow trout from eggs to fingerlings for release into local waterways; document lifecycle and development along the way
  • Train new animals so that they can be handled for educational programs

   Butterfly House:

  • Oversee seasonal set-up/break-down and daily maintenance of Irvine’s three-season butterfly house; includes gathering/ordering plants, eggs, & larvae
  • Train and schedule volunteer docents to give guided tours

   Exhibit Hall:

  • Regularly check and maintain interactive exhibits; order supplies as needed
  • Assist in planning, design, and installation of new exhibits

   Environmental Education:

  • Give regular animal presentations to student groups and community organizations
  • Design and lead Summer Nature Camp sessions on animal caretaking
  • Create short educational videos for use in Trout Unlimited’s ‘Trout in the Classroom’ program

   Other Responsibilities:

  • Coach and supervise small corps of volunteers and interns assisting with animal care
  • Train staff in live animal handling; monitor animal usage
  • Oversee budgets for animal care and exhibits
  • Make occasional contributions to Irvine’s online and print media
  • Assist with special events as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife science, or related field
  • Extensive experience handling and caring for a wide variety of animals, including birds of prey
  • At least one year of environmental education/teaching experience
  • Strong knowledge of natural history; genuine interest in outdoor education
  • Desire to work with children as much as with animals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work occasional weekend or evening events
  • Team player; willingness to shift gears and help out with various education programs, when needed

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

To Apply:  Please send cover letter and resume, attn:  Brian Rollfinke, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org by Nov. 10, 2021.

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Earth Friends Outdoors Guide

Overview

Irvine Nature Center is an environmental education non-profit based on over 200 acres in Owings
Mills, MD. In addition to its educational programming, Irvine has an interactive exhibit hall and
hiking trails. Earth Friends Outdoors Homeschool is a suite of programs offering nature-enrichment
classes for children 5-12 years old engaged in unschooling, wild schooling, traditional
homeschooling, or remote/hybrid learning. Forest Explorers is an exclusively outdoors forest school
program for children 5-7 years old. Earth Friends themed classes are weekly classes for children
8-12 years that balance teacher-led investigation with child-led nature play and exploration.

Position Summary

We are currently hiring part-time educators to assist in our Earth Friends classes for the 2021-22
winter and spring trimesters. With their co-teacher, Earth Friends guides will facilitate mainly
outdoor classes that nurture a child’s connection with and understanding of the natural world
through developmentally appropriate play, trail walks and games, land art, nature-study, and
child-led discovery. Guides will create communities in which students feel safe to be themselves,
take risks, and develop skills at their own pace.
They will encourage students to ask questions, explore, and lead their own learning.

The ideal candidate will have a variety of life experiences and skillsets in local naturalist
knowledge, nature- based learning, emergent curriculum, and practical outdoors skills. This
individual must also be dedicated to personal self-reflection and evaluation of their pedagogy
while ECE staff begin their journey in anti-bias work to improve ourselves and programming.

Time Commitment

Approximately 12-24 hours a week January through early June, with availability during week days,
especially Wednesday. Classes run on a trimester schedules of 12 weeks in Fall and Spring and 5
weeks in Winter.

Please note, we prefer a commitment for the remainder of the school year. Additional hours may be
available.

Responsibilities

– Co-teach groups of no more than 14 children in mixed age classes of 6-12 yr olds.
– Plan and implement a nature-based curriculum which includes handling live animals, trail
walks, and unstructured nature exploration and play alongside a co-teacher
– Encourage and supervise child-led wild nature play
– Create an environment of joy, appreciation, and wonder through word, action, and presence
– Embrace the beauty of each moment in all types of weather through vigorous outdoor play
– Approach teaching as a facilitator/guide and allow children to take the lead
– Foster problem solving and collaboration through just enough scaffolded assistance
– Regularly observe students to inform future planning and to share learning with families
– Develop strong positive partnerships with families, students, and co-teachers
– Communicate clearly, empathetically, and regularly with other staff, families, and interns

– Collaborate with supervisors to conduct on-going risk analysis and hazard-mitigation
– Maintain supplies through routine cleaning
– Authentically reflect and evaluate self-practice and programs
– Attend and contribute to regular program and ECE staff meetings
– Contribute to/participate in special Earth Friends Outdoors events (roughly 2 a year)

Qualifications

– Experience working with children 6-12 yrs old and an understanding of child development
– Experience working in an outdoor setting with children
– A college degree or pursuing a college degree in Early Childhood Education, Child
Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, or related fields
– Comfortable with meeting children where they are on a given day, flexing to allow engagement
in a variety of forms
– Flexibility to deviate from a lesson plan
– Willingness to get dirty and handle live creatures (small and large)
– Strong communication and organizational skills
– Ability to work as part of a team
– Basic computer experience (i.e., Word processing, Outlook, digital photos, etc.)
– Current First Aid and CPR certification or Wilderness Survival First Aid and CPR or the
ability to complete by end of January, 2022
– Dedication to self-reflection and continuously striving to improve your craft
– Physically able to walk up to 2 miles a day, in all weather, and lift object of up to 50lbs
– Your own reliable transportation

The ideal candidate:
– Is curious, flexible, and creative
– Has a strong base knowledge of local flora and fauna or a willingness to learn
– Has completed coursework in forest schooling, nature-based education, or similar
– Has practical skills in fire-making, bush craft, and/or similar
– Is experienced with emergent curriculum, planning loosely, and teaching “off script”
– Has a back pocket of ideas for engaging students, redirecting behavior, and activities
– Approaches challenges with calm and a sense of humor
Salary: part-time hourly starting pay of $16 an hour

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: Stephanie Holzman, Head of Homeschool, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

Please note, employment is contingent upon completing and passing a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

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Early Childhood Educator- Nature Preschool and Forest Explorers

Overview

Irvine Nature Center is an environmental education non-profit based on over 200 acres in Owings
Mills, MD. In addition to its educational programming, Irvine has an interactive exhibit hall and
hiking trails. The Nature Preschool at Irvine is a MSDE licensed and NAEYC accredited childcare
program for children 3-5 years old that spends almost the entire day outdoors learning foundational
skills through hands-on experiences. Part of the Earth Friends Outdoors Homeschool program, Forest
Explorers is an exclusively outdoors forest school program for children 5-7 years old. Both
programs approach learning through play and exploration, centering our practice on the natural
world and child-led learning.

Position Summary

We are currently hiring a new educator to join our Early Childhood Education team in a blended
part-time position teaching in both The Nature Preschool and Forest Explorers. The ECE teacher will
co-lead a half-day Nature Preschool class three days a week and a half-day Forest Explorers class
the alternating two days. With their co-teacher, the ECE teacher will facilitate mainly outdoor
classes that nurture a child’s close relationship with the natural world through developmentally
appropriate play, trail walks and games, stories, animal encounters, song, and art. A love of
nature, a comfort with mud, and a nurturing spirit are musts! The ECE teacher will create class
communities in which students feel safe to be themselves, take risks, and develop skills at their
own pace.

The ideal candidate will have a variety of life experiences and skillsets in local naturalist
knowledge, child development and emergent curriculum, and practical outdoor skills. This individual
must also be dedicated to personal self-reflection and evaluation of their pedagogy while ECE staff
begin their journey in anti-bias work to improve ourselves and programming.

Time Commitment

Approximately 30 hours a week, starting as soon as possible through mid-June, Monday through Friday.

Responsibilities

– Co-teach groups of no more than 15 children in mixed age classes of 3-5 and 5-7 yr olds
– Create an environment of joy, appreciation, and wonder through word, action, and presence
– Embrace the beauty of each moment in all types of weather through vigorous outdoor play
– Approach teaching as a facilitator/guide, allowing children to take the lead
– Co-plan and facilitate whole group and small group playful experiences
– Encourage and supervise child-led wild nature play
– Foster problem solving, collaboration, and imagination by providing just enough scaffolded assistance to children
– Regularly observe children during all activities to assess growth and inform future planning
– Document learning and activities to share in program specific manners with families

– Develop strong positive partnerships with families, students, and co-teachers
– Communicate clearly, empathetically, and regularly with other staff, families, and interns
– Collaborate with supervisors to conduct on-going risk analysis and hazard-mitigation
– Maintain supplies through routine cleaning, including possible state-mandated disinfection
– Authentically reflect and evaluate self-practice and programs
– Attend and contribute to regular program and ECE staff meetings
– Attend required on-going professional development courses as required by MSDE
– Contribute to/participate in special Preschool and Forest Explorers events (roughly 5 a year)

Qualifications

– Experience working with children 3-7 years old and an understanding of child development
– Experience working in an outdoor setting with children
– 90-hour MSDE child care certification or the desire to complete within 2 years of hiring
– A college degree or pursuing a college degree in Early Childhood Education, Child
Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, or related fields
– Comfort with meeting children where they are on a given day at their pace, whether that is a slow wander or deer-like sprint
– Flexibility to deviate from a lesson plan
– Willingness to get dirty and handle live creatures (small and large)
– Strong communication and organizational skills
– Ability to work as part of a team
– Basic computer experience (i.e., Word processing, Outlook, digital photos, etc.)
– Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to complete by mid-November 2021
– Dedication to self-reflection and a desire to continually improve your craft
– Physical ability to walk up to 2 miles a day, in all weather, and lift objects of up to 50lbs
– Your own reliable transportation
– Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or an approved medical and religious waiver

The ideal candidate:- Is warm, approachable, and joyful
– Is curious, flexible, and creative
– Has a strong base knowledge of local flora and fauna or a willingness to learn
– Has completed coursework in forest schooling, nature-based education, or similar
– Has practical skills in fire-making, bush craft, and/or similar
– Is experienced with emergent curriculum, planning loosely, and teaching “off script”
– Has a back pocket of ideas and activities for engaging students and redirecting behavior
– Approaches challenges with calm and a sense of humor

Salary: part-time hourly starting pay of $16.50-$17 an hour

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of: Katie Rooney, Director of Early Childhood Education Programs, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison
Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

Please note, employment is contingent upon completing and passing a criminal background check and fingerprinting and submission of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved waiver.

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Part Time Preschool Aide – Nature Preschool

OVERVIEW

Irvine Nature Center is an environmental education non-profit based on over 200 acres in Owings Mills, MD. In addition to its educational programming, Irvine has an interactive exhibit hall and hiking trails. The Nature Preschool at Irvine is a MSDE licensed and NAEYC accredited childcare program for children 3-5 years old that spends almost our entire day outdoors learning foundational skills through hands-on experiences. We approach learning through play and exploration, centering our practice on the natural world and child-led learning.

Position Summary

We are currently hiring an aide to join our Nature Preschool team. The aide will support Nature Preschool teachers and administrators as they facilitate mainly outdoor classes that nurture a child’s close relationship with the natural world through developmentally appropriate play, trail walks and games, stories, animal encounters, song, and art. A love of nature, a comfort with mud, and a nurturing spirit are musts! This aide will support teachers across four different classes on an on- going basis and step in as a substitute teacher as needed, possibly for additional hours.

This position is ideal for a new educator or education/environmental science student looking to gain experience working with young children outdoors. They will work with a variety of educators and learn different styles and techniques from all of them!

Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours a week, starting as soon as possible through May, Monday through Friday. Additional hours available to substitute and to attend on-going professional development

Responsibilities

– Join classes of up to 13 three to five-year-old children alongside their classroom teachers to provide additional assistance
– Complement and enhance the environment of joy, appreciation, and wonder through word, action, and presence
– Embrace the beauty of each moment in all types of weather through vigorous outdoor play
– Take cues and direction from classroom teachers and administration to balance guiding children with taking a step back and allowing them to take the lead
– Facilitate whole group and small group playful experiences
– Encourage and supervise child-led wild nature play
– Foster problem solving, collaboration, and imagination by providing just enough scaffolded assistance to children
– Assist students with self-help skills (ex: changing out gear, packing up, & using the restroom)
– Develop strong positive partnerships withstudents, teachers, and administration
– Communicate clearly, empathetically, and regularly with other staff
– Maintain supplies through routine cleaning, including possible state-mandated disinfection
– Authentically reflect and evaluate self-practice

– Attend and contribute to preschool staff meetings
– Attend required on-going professional development courses as required by MSDE & Irvine

Qualifications

– Experience working with children 3-5 years old and an understanding of child development at these ages
– Experience working in an outdoor setting with children (preferable)
– Comfortable with meeting children where they are on a given day at their pace, whether that is a slow wander or deer-like sprint
– Flexibility to deviate from a lesson plan
– Willingness to get dirty and handle live creatures (small and large)
– Strong communication and organizational skills
– Ability to work as part of a team
– Basic computer experience (i.e., Word processing, Outlook, digital photos, etc.)
– Dedication to self-reflection and a desire to continually improve your craft
– Physical ability to walk up to 2 miles a day, in all weather, and lift objects of up to 50lbs
– Your own reliable transportation
– Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or an approved medical and religious waiver

The ideal candidate:
– Is warm, approachable, and joyful
– Is curious, flexible, and creative
– Is a self-starter and completes tasks independently
– Has a passion for nature!
– Has a back pocket of ideas and activities for engaging students and redirecting behavior
– Approaches challenges with calm and a sense of humor

Salary: part-time hourly starting pay of $15

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of:

Katie Rooney, Director of Early Childhood Education Programs, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

Please note, employment is contingent upon completing and passing a criminal background check and fingerprinting and submission of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved waiver.

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