PAID POSITIONS

Position Description Summary

The Associate Director of Development is responsible for developing and managing solicitation strategies to engage constituents and increase annual giving. Irvine’s annual fund directly supports the operating budget including environmental education programs, salaries and maintenance of Irvine’s 210 acres and facilities. This is a full-time position with benefits that reports to the Director of Development.

Principal Accountabilities:

Oversee and Manage Irvine’s Annual Fund Campaign

  • Work with Director of Development to determine goals and solicitation strategies
  • Identify, manage and solicit gifts from a portfolio of 100-125 gift prospects
  • Manage a variety of annual giving campaigns, including monthly giving, social media, corporate, workplace giving and other
  • Partner with the Database Manager to present regular progress and financial reports
  • Train and manage volunteers for Irvine’s annual fund
  • Code donor actions and moves management in Raiser’s Edge
  • Oversee solicitation production schedule
  • Plan, manage and attend any annual fund activities
  • Develop the acknowledgement, recognition and stewardship program for annual fund donors

Create and Oversee Annual Fund Marketing Campaign

  • Work with Manager of Marketing to create all print and/or electronic solicitation materials, including strategic materials for social media campaigns; coordinate with mail house if necessary.
  • Conceptualize and test cultivation and stewardship vehicles designed to keep the organization’s contributors informed and engaged, including but not limited to new donor welcome series, offline and online donor newsletters, donor events, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Plan marketing strategy with Manager of Marketing to convey the goals and importance of Irvine’s annual fund, including:
    • Developing social media strategies to communicate a compelling and generationally effective message to Irvine’s diverse range of constituents.
    • Writing articles for Understory – Irvine’s quarterly newsletter
  • Work with Board of Trustees and Volunteers to plan, organize, and implement events associated with annual giving

Provide general support to Development team related activities

  • With the rest of the office staff, provide support during key events throughout the year
  • Other duties as assigned

   Requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree required.
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising with a focus on direct marketing and annual giving (direct mail, online, and social media).
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for Irvine’s mission.
  • Able to comfortably discuss and propose to donors the idea of making a gift to Irvine Nature Center.
  • A demonstrated ability to articulate a persuasive case for annual, unrestricted support of Irvine Nature Center.
  • Prior experience of running and building a successful annual fund program.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team while being a self-starter.
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to articulate Irvine’s mission, vision, and case for support.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent computer skills including Word and Excel, and experience in working with databases (preferably with Raiser’s Edge).
  • High level of professionalism and the ability to interact well with volunteers and appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, philanthropy and institutional development.

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Anna Lincoln Whitehurst, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org by February 15, 2019.

Position Summary:

The Office Manager of Irvine Nature Center is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations, services and procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This is a full-time position and reports to the Director of Operations.

Position Responsibilities

Board:

  • Maintain Board contact and matrix lists as directed by the Executive Director including Outlook distribution lists
  • Initiate and maintain calendar requests for Board and Committee meetings
  • Assist Executive Director with Board and Committee meeting prep and set up, including catering.

Accounting:

  • Enter all deposits and payables into accounting system; maintain and reconcile petty cash account
  • Implement, track and maintain departmental accounting for printing and postage
  • Conduct monthly and yearly reconciliations of gift entry from constituent database to accounting system

Human Resources:

  • On boarding:
    • Prepare offer letters
    • Provide employment packets to new employees
    • Provide information on insurance benefits
    • Establish and maintain all employee files with completed paperwork
    • Provide Director of Finance with offer letter, Direct Deposit info, and tax withholding prior to 1st pay
  • Ongoing:
    • Answer questions concerning benefits or direct staff to broker for more detailed responses
    • Keep files up to date
    • Provide any changes (withholding, 403b, etc.) to Director of Finance
    • Track all employee hours, vacation time and sick leave and enter employee into payroll system
  • Annual:
    • Coordinate open enrollment for health, dental, and disability

Office:

  • Procure and maintain office equipment including adding postage, updating postal machine and software
  • Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures and procuring supplies
  • Preparing and executing bulk mailings, including transportation to the post office
  • Designs and implements office policies by establishing standards and procedures to improve operational efficiency and maintain safety.
  • Periodically review and revise office policies and procedures as necessary
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing tasks as needed and handling customer/visitor inquiries and complaints.
  • Initiate and maintain room reservations for shared resources
  • Schedule and oversee weekend receptionist
  • Any and all other job duties as required or requested
  • Organize and facilitate monthly admin meetings.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Minimum of 5 years administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and adapt to changing situations quickly
  • Highly proficient computer skills and detailed knowledge of office software packages including Word, Excel and Outlook. Knowledge of Raisers Edge and Doubleknot preferred.
  • Experience with QuickBooks or the ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Solid knowledge of accounting and administrative management practices and procedures
  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information
  • Must be able to communication effectively and possess excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Proficient knowledge of clerical practices and procedures including modern office machine technology
  • Ability to analyze, assess and solve problems
  • Must be able to work in a busy, open area office with frequent interruptions
  • The ability to sit or stand for long periods of time and lift 50lbs is required
  • Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings for special events

Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 Annually

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 February 20, 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.

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.

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

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

After-School Program Volunteer

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.

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 Ben Fertig.

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 Ben Fertig.

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 Ben Fertig.

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 Ben Fertig.

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 Ben Fertig.

Posting Always Open