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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR

Overview

Irvine Nature Center is an environmental education non-profit based on over 200 acres in Owings Mills, MD. Irvine has an interactive exhibit hall and hiking trails and year-round public programming for children and adults. Part of Irvine’s programming occurs off-premise at area schools. The Eco-Explorers After-School Nature Club operates in the afternoon at elementary schools in the region.

Position Summary

We are currently 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.  This position will be responsible for the supervision of program volunteers and interns.

Time Commitment

Approximately 10-15 hours a week, Monday through Thursday. Must have availability between 2-6PM.

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.
– Must be able to attend monthly team meetings and quarterly family events.

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

Salary: part-time hourly starting pay of $15 an hour

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of: Emily Ludy, After School Program Coordinator, 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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Birthday party leader

Overview

Irvine Nature Center is an environmental education non-profit based on over 200 acres in Owings Mills, MD. Irvine has an interactive exhibit hall and hiking trails and year-round public programming for children and adults. Part of Irvine’s public programs include providing fun, educational, private nature birthday parties for children ages 3-10.

Position Summary

We are currently looking for one weekend Nature Birthday Party Leader to facilitate several themed parties including Wild Things, Woodland Fairies, and Dinosaur DigsExperience 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! 

Time Commitment

Approximately 10-15 hours per weekend. Must have availability 9AM – 4PM on Saturdays and Sundays.

Assigned Responsibilities

Facilitate 2-4 birthday parties per weekend. Engage groups of children and parents as they explore Irvine, including leading them in crafts, animal encounters, and group hikes.

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

Salary: part-time hourly starting pay of $15 an hour

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to the attention of: Jessica Moran, Rental Coordinator, 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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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 with students, 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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