PAID POSITIONS

Position Summary

Irvine’s Director of Education is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Nature Center’s educational programs and exhibits, including but not limited to, school programs, public programs, urban outreach and early childhood education. The Director of Education provides leadership and direction to ensure Irvine’s programs are well-balanced, of consistent high quality, mission-focused, fiscally sound and highlight Irvine’s natural resources. The Director helps promote the Center, supervises education staff, leads programs and assists with events and long-term strategic planning. This full-time position reports to the Executive Director.

Position Responsibilities:

Programs, Exhibits and Trails

  • Oversee the implementation of all Irvine school programs, including field trips, classroom outreach, urban education, teacher training, early childhood education, etc. Ensure all school programs are mission-based, fiscally sound and support current national, state and local education standards and guidelines
  • Oversee the implementation of all Irvine programs offered to members and the public, including summer nature camp, newsletter offerings, scouts, garden clubs and library programs, nature birthday parties, etc.
    • Provide leadership and vision in designing and evaluating new programs and written education materials
  • Teach programs in all above areas as needed; assist in the training and evaluation of education volunteers
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of new educational exhibits, displays, and live animal acquisitions
  • Assist is setting policies for any new land features, trails, plantings, nest boxes, habitats and gardens

Other

  • Serve as a member of the Irvine Leadership Team (ILT)
  • Attend Irvine Full Board meetings and serve on Board Committees as assigned
  • Prepare monthly and annual education reports and summaries; write newsletter articles and notes
  • Work with Marketing Department to help expand Irvine’s audience and meet attendance goals
  • Assist Development Department in preparation of grants and reports that support education programs
  • Oversee the management of the annual budgets for all education programs
  • Assist with the planning of Irvine’s Education special events
  • Evaluate potential new programs and educational partnerships with other community organizations
  • Ensure implementation of the education sections of Irvine’s Strategic Plan, assist with writing of a new plan
  • Supervise, support and evaluate education staff; interview and hire additional staff as needed

Skills Needed:

  • Master’s degree in education, natural science or related field
  • Minimum five years supervisory and management experience
  • Strong background in natural science and environmental education
  • Highly organized with ability to effectively multi-task
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work effectively with both children and adults
  • Experience with staff/volunteer recruitment, organization and management
  • Must be available to start in December 2019.

Compensation:

  • Salary is highly competitive, aligned with experience and education and with exceptional benefits including full individual health insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and retirement.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Brooks Paternotte, Executive Director, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org


ABOUT IRVINE NATURE CENTER
 

Irvine Nature Center is the largest private nonprofit environmental education center in the greater Baltimore region. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature. At Irvine, we guide learning. We live green. We foster respect. And we thrive outdoors.

Founded in 1975 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, Irvine was originally located on the campus of St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, but its programs were so popular that it eventually outgrew the rented facilities. In June 2008, Irvine moved to 116 ecologically diverse acres in the Caves Valley donated to us by the State of Maryland. In October 2015, a very generous gift from a local philanthropist enabled us to acquire an adjacent property that brings our total footprint to nearly  210 acres. After laying out trails, mowing paths, building boardwalks, and installing directional signs, Irvine opened the property to the public on June 23, 2018.

Our 210-acre property is rich in wetlands, forests and meadows, making it ideal for our environmental education programs and a treasured resource in a region that is becoming increasingly urban. Our campus includes a 17,200-square-foot visitor center with interactive exhibits, educational gardens, an Outdoor Classroom, a Native American site, an aviary currently housing five raptors, a 66-acre restored wetlands, and 7.5 miles of trails, all surrounded by nearly 1,400 acres of protected land. Irvine’s trails and exhibit hall are open to the public year-round, seven days a week.

We offer more than 800 environmental education opportunities each year, including school field trips, outreach to schools and the community, after-school programs, summer nature camp, Scout programs, volunteer naturalist training, a native plant seminar, and countless lectures, workshops and special events. We also are a popular location for nature-themed weddings and birthday parties. Our popular Nature Preschool has spawned other early childhood education programs that have grown substantially over the past three years.

This wide range of programs and services has enabled us to diversify our funding and ensure our financial sustainability. FY 2018 income was generated by education programs (37%), philanthropy (35%) and special events (27%). Irvine has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Irvine is led by a Board of Trustees composed of individuals with expertise in law, business, marketing, higher education, the environment and energy sectors, philanthropy, and the non-profit community, as well as representatives from local garden clubs, volunteers, and parents.

To find out more about Irvine Nature Center, please visit our website at www.ExploreNature.org

Position Summary

Irvine’s Manager of Urban Education and Outreach Programs is primarily responsible for developing and leading environmental education (EE) programs for Baltimore City students, teachers and other organized groups,including camping and team-building opportunities. Responsibilities include(A) Overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of Irvine’s education initiatives for Baltimore City schools, (B) Leading overnight camping experiences for city and county school groups, (C) Developing and leading team-building opportunities for adults and students, and (D) Leading a variety of EE programs including school field trips, classroom outreach and summer camps. This position is full-time with benefits and reports to the Director of Education.

Position Responsibilities

Education Outreach

Design and lead recurring environmental education experiences for students and teachers in Irvine’s Baltimore City partner schools,including hands-on experiments and outdoor explorations.
Oversee schoolyard habitat projects and other environmentally sustainable initiatives at these schools
Assist schools in completing their certified Maryland Green School applications
Cultivate and maintain partnerships with schools and other community organizations
Help Irvine with its strategic planning process and ensure education goals are met

School Camping

Oversee the planning, staffing and evaluation of camping groups for Baltimore City and County students
Inventory, organize and re-order camping supplies as needed

Team-Building

Design and lead half-day and all-day team-building activities for adult and student groups
Evaluate success of the program and modify as needed

Other

Lead school field trips and Summer Nature Camp sessions for pre-K through teens
Present programs to groups: e.g., scouts, senior centers, libraries etc.
Contribute to Irvine’s newsletter, blogs and other publications
Assist with Irvine’s special events as needed
Provide information to Irvine’s Development staff for grant proposals and reports

 

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in education or natural science
Minimum three years environmental education, curriculum developmentand teaching experience
Experience in both the informal and formal classroom settings
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proficient with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel and overall computer literacy
Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings for special events

Salary:  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

Irvine’s Environmental Educator is primarily responsible for planning, developing and leading a wide variety nature-based education programs for children and adults. This includes leading occasional overnight campouts for school groups and team-building experiences for adults. This part-time position (~30 hours/week) reports to Irvine’s Manager of Public Programs.

Areas of Responsibility:

School Camping Program

  • Oversee the planning, staffing and evaluation of camping groups for Baltimore City and County students
  • Inventory, organize and re-order camping supplies as needed

Team-Building Program

  • Design and lead half-day and all-day team-building activities for adult and student groups
  • Evaluate success of the program and modify as needed

Summer Nature Camp

  • Design and lead Summer Nature Camp sessions for all ages
  • Oversee camp Youth Program Leaders: Coordinate schedules, lead training, create evaluation plan
  • Assist Camp Director with schedules, supplies prep, Back-to-Camp Night and general camp planning

Other

  • Assist with leading school field trips, classroom outreach, scouts and after-school programs
  • Help with caring for Center’s live animals
  • Contribute to quarterly newsletter
  • Assist with Irvine’s special events

Qualifications Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science or education
  • Experience with camping and leading camping programs
  • Minimum of four years environmental education / teaching experience
  • Strong knowledge of natural history
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Diana Roman, Irvine Nature Center,

11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

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

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Brooks Paternotte, Executive Director, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

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: Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Brooks Paternotte, Executive Director, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

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 Director of Operations.

Position Responsibilities:

Receptionist  

  • 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.
  • Some general office and/or sales or customer service experience.
  • 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

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

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.

After-School Program Volunteer

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