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.

Director of Marketing and Communications

Position Summary:

The Director of Marketing of Irvine Nature Center is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive marketing and communication plan for the organization, telling its story effectively.  The comprehensive plan includes increasing external visibility and participation in all the organization’s programmatic activities, maintaining the brand and content of the organization’s publications, advertising, digital tools and promotional materials.  The Director of Marketing works closely with the Director of Education to promote Irvine’s programs and with the Director of Development to maximize the organization’s fundraising efforts. This is a full-time position and reports to the Deputy Director.

Position Responsibilities:

MEDIA & PR

  • Develops and implements a marketing strategy that effectively markets Irvine and educates the public in terms of Irvine’s educational offerings.
  • Directs market research activities to track changing demographics and other relevant issues to evaluate marketing and communication activities and monitor emerging issues.
  • Develops media contact list and maintains a strong and productive relationship with both print and electronic media, ensuring that the media is aware of Irvine’s upcoming activities and shares them to the public.
  • Serves as Irvine’s point person and spokesperson to the media.
  • Develops Irvine’s media kits.
  • Writes press releases and WYPR scripts for podcast frequency.

PRINT, WEB & BRAND

  • Manages brand and key messaging in all media, including online and print sources and relevant social media.
  • Manages the organization’s website, including developing and posting content, maintaining a useful navigational system, and identifying and supervising outsourced web vendor.
  • Supervises outsourced graphic designer(s) and manages all Irvine printed materials including:
    • The Annual Report in coordination with the Director of Development
    • “Understory” – produced 4 times per year (create editorial plan, manage staff assignments, prepare production timeline, oversee design and production, write articles)
    • Brochures – Education, Camp, Membership, Corporate, etc.
    • eNewsletter and other eMessages
    • Stationary, invitations, and business cards

OTHER

  • Attends Full Board, marketing committee, and Irvine leadership team meetings.
  • Reports statistics (including web, eNews, social media, new members, etc.) to ILT team.
  • Works with Irvine management team to create monthly director reporting tool and assists with internal communications.
  • Contributes to onsite signage look, feel, design and fabrication.
  • Develops partnerships with other environmental and community organizations.
  • Researches and responds to opportunities for exposure in the community (including, but not limited to, speaking engagements and presence at fairs and festivals).
  • Keeps abreast of all trends in the industry.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience related to marketing, communications, or public relations
  • Excellent writing/content ability for web and print formats
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, PR, social media
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to engage and inspire visitors, donors and interact effectively with staff
  • Commitment to Irvine’s mission and a keen interest in environmental issues
  • Experience with internal and external communication strategies

To Apply: 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 HR@ExploreNature.org by April 15, 2021.

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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 at least 75% of each 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, mid-August through mid-June, Monday through Friday. Additional hours may be available through additional Irvine Early Childhood Education programs.

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 yrs 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
  • 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.)
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification or ability to complete by end of August, 2021
  • Dedication to self-reflection and a desire to continually improve your craft
  • Physically able to walk up to 2 miles a day, in all weather, and lift objects of up to 50lbs
  • Your own reliable transportation

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 for engaging students, redirecting behavior, and activities
  • 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.

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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 Forest Explorers and the older Earth Friends classes for the 2021-22 school year. 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 30 hours a week, September through early June, varied days and times. 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 full year. Additional hours may be available.

Responsibilities

  • Co-teach groups of no more than 14 children in mixed age classes of 5-7 and 8-12 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 5-12 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 September, 2021
  • 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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LAND STEWARDSHIP & TRAIL TECHNICIAN

Position Description:
The Land Stewardship and Trail Technician is responsible for assisting in natural resource and land management activities on property owned by Irvine Nature Center. The Trail Technician will report to the Land Manager. This position requires relevant education and work experience in natural resources management, a passion for the work, and exceptional interpersonal skills. This is a full-time, seasonal position and reports to the Land Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

• Invasive plant management – removal, treatment, etc
• Natural resource management including native plant restoration and wetland related projects
• Trail creation and maintenance
• Weeding, mulching, mowing using hand and gas-powered equipment (weedwhacker, backpack blower)
• Camp site prep and check
• Pruning, trimming, reforestation management, wood cutting and splitting
• General repair of trail signs and features, basic carpentry as needed

Position Duties:

PROPERTY:
• landscaping tasks such as gardening, mowing, trimming, and weeding
• Manage visitor access as necessary, including developing/maintaining/closing trails, interpretive signage, and enforcement of rules and regulations
• Ensure that trails are well-marked and well-maintained
• Assists with daily operations and special projects as needed or requested

VOLUNTEERS:
• Supervise land stewardship interns and volunteers

OTHER:
• Attend board meetings and board committee meetings as needed.
• Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of natural resource management, including wetlands, wildlife, forestry, ecology, and social dimensions
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications Needed:
• Able to perform duties while standing, sitting, bending, lifting
• Comfortable working in potentially unpleasant conditions (thorny plants, biting insects, humid summer days)
• Able to lift/carry 50 lbs
• Enthusiasm for working outside at all time of the year
• Able to work with a diverse group of people
• 18+ years old

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Kyle Gillen, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org by June 30, 2021.

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