Employment Opportunities


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


Visitor Services Coordinator

Position Summary

The Visitor Services Coordinator is responsible for greeting visitors, assisting with check-in and registration for educational programs, gathering contact information from visitors, answering phone calls, managing Nature Store inventory and assisting with routine workplace operations. This position is part-time and reports to the Office Manager.

  • Answer the main telephone lines and take messages for staff when necessary.
  • Assist with the management of the room reservation calendar.
  • Interact with the general public including greeting and welcoming visitors, answering questions and providing information about the Nature Center.
  • Promote the benefits of membership to visitors.
  • Provide information about events and programs, wildlife rescue, sightings on the nature trails, etc.
  • Collect program fees, register guests for programs and sell memberships.
  • Maintain general cleanliness and appearance of the reception desk and exhibit hall.
  • Distribute property maps and point out trails and key property highlights to visitors.
  • Ensure security protocols for visitors, guests and program attendees.
  • Distribute mail and deliveries to appropriate staff members.
Nature Store
  • Interact with visitors in the Nature Store including answering questions, assisting with purchases, cashiering and encouraging customers to return.
  • Restock store merchandise as needed.
  • Open and close the store and Center. Prepare daily transaction reports and balance the cash drawer.
Qualifications Needed:
  • Strong customer service skills including taking initiative to address issues and anticipate visitors’ needs.
  • Computer experience necessary.
  • Some general office and/or sales or customer service experience necessary.
  • Must present self in a professional manner in accordance with company policies.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable while maintaining excellent organizational and administrative skills in a high energy, dynamic work environment.
  • Dependable and punctual.
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
Time Commitment:
  • 20-25 hours per week including one weekend day.

To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and three references to HR@ExploreNature.org


Education Administrative Assistant

Irvine’s Education Administrative Assistant is a part-time position (30 hours/week) that supports the education department. Primary responsibilities include scheduling programs, processing registrations, database entry, phone support and other administrative tasks associated with Irvine’s programs and special events. The administrative assistant reports to the Director of Education.

Areas of Responsibility:

 Program Scheduling and Registration

  • Schedule school groups, scouts, outreach programs, campout rentals and other education events
  • Process online registration forms for seminars, summer camp, teacher workshops and more
  • Complete after-school administrative tasks (data entry, parent communication, payments)
  • Prepare school confirmation packets, evaluation forms, payments, reminder calls, teacher guides
  • Prepare summer camp materials (on-line registration, name tags, check-in lists, etc.)
  • Data entry and management using Raiser’s Edge and Doubleknot software for school and public programs, nature birthday parties, afterschool and summer camp programs.
  • Administrative support for The Nature Preschool

 Other Administrative Tasks

  • Prepare seasonal summaries, meeting minutes and assist with Board reports
  • Print and prepare brochure mailings, stock brochures in exhibit hall
  • Assist with administrative tasks of seminars, conferences, special events and adult programs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Computer proficiency: Microsoft Office; Raiser’s Edge database; Doubleknot
  • Strong knowledge of office procedures
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, occasional evening and weekend hours (special events)

Commensurate with experience

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Robert Mardiney, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org by November 30, 2019.


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.

  • 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.
  • 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

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor Education, or Human Services. Natural sciences, social work, or related fields also considered.

  • 20-25 hours per week
  • Must have availability between 2-6 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday

Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Tara Lilley, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 by email at HR@ExploreNature.org


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!

  • 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!

Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Tara Lilley, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 by email at HR@ExploreNature.org

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