PAID POSITIONS

Director of Early Childhood Education, Irvine Nature Center

 

Position Summary

The Director of Early Childhood Education oversees Irvine’s programs for children birth through age six. This includes The Nature Preschool, Early Childhood Education (Little Birds, Forest Dreamers, Earth Friends, Nature and Nurture) and other initiatives for this age group. The Director must be fluent in appropriate practices for early learners and have substantial experience working with preschoolers. They should be knowledgeable about MSDE preschool licensing guidelines and the NAEYC accreditation process and be aware of current trends in early childhood environmental education (ECEE). The Director also must demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and management skills. This full-time position with benefits reports to the Director of Education.

 

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide organizational direction, vision, educational philosophy and support to Irvine’s ECEE programs and staff with emphasis on a nature-based emergent curriculum
  • Direct the operation of The Nature Preschool, including managing staff, setting policies/procedures, communicating with parents, overseeing school promotion, managing the budget, ensuring sufficient enrollment, assessing student performance and satisfying NAEYC accreditation and MSDE licensing requirements
  • Work with other Irvine Directors to promote healthy communication between Irvine’s departments
  • Share best practices of ECEE through speaking engagements, conferences and professional development courses for educators, parents and ECEE practitioners
  • Oversee the implementation of evolving educational components of the Outdoor Classroom
  • Establish and maintain partnerships within the local and national ECEE community
  • Coordinate Irvine’s annual Nature Preschool Conference
  • Supply documentation for grant reporting

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience as an outstanding educator developing and leading programs for young children, especially in alternative or outdoor settings
  • Proven leadership, supervisory and management skills; ability to multi-task
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Solid understanding of appropriate practice as it pertains to ECEE, nature pedagogy, and emergent curriculum
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, elementary or outdoor education; master’s degree preferred
  • Certification and credentials pursuant to MSDE preschool licensing; thorough knowledge of NAEYC guidelines
  • Current First Aid and CPR training
  • Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Office, Outlook and Excel
  • Able to lead hikes up to two miles as required when teaching or observing

 

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 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