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 Nature Center is seeking a part-time seasoned fundraising professional to join its development team in the role of Grants Manager. The Grants Manager is instrumental in meeting Irvine’s annual revenue goals, and thus our mission, by maintaining and growing revenue from foundation, government, and corporate funders. The Grants Manager position includes application and report writing, prospect research, deadline management, and outreach to current and potential institutional funders.  Reporting to the Director of Development, the Grants Manager will work in a collaborative office environment with highly motivated staff who share a passion for nature. The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate Irvine’s education programs into compelling proposals and reports for institutional funders. This is a part-time position working 24 hours/week.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Development to research grant possibilities and information about potential funders.
  • Manage and conduct the full range of activities needed to develop persuasive proposals for grant requests. Includes research, writing, drafting budgets, compiling data, and development of supplemental materials, among other tasks.
  • Develop relationships with key funders and foundation program directors.
  • Write compelling grant proposals and reports to foundation, government and corporate funders, communicating Irvine’s mission, programs, and impact to renew current funders and secure new ones.
  • Acquire and maintain strong understanding of Irvine, its values, and its programs.
  • Track deadlines for grants, reports and other required actions.
  • Track grant “deliverables” to assure Irvine is spending the money as promised.

Qualifications Needed:

  • Commitment to and passion for Irvine’s mission and work.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience grant writing and prospecting.
  • Demonstrated success securing grant awards, with a strong ability to write compelling narratives.
  • Excellent attention to detail, thoroughness, and exceptional level of organization to track and meet all deadlines.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills (strong grammar, proofreading, creative writing, word processing).
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, ability to tailor materials to funders’ focus areas and needs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with program, administrative, and development staff.
  • Knowledge of foundation, corporate, and other institutional funders in the Baltimore area is preferred.

 To apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and three references to 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 Tara Lilley, Education Programs Manager, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email HR@ExploreNature.org

Position Summary:

Earth Friends’ Homeschool Program is seeking a part-time educator to assist in nature-based class for children, 9-14 yrs. old, 5 hrs. a week.  A passion for nature, child-led discovery, and cooperative learning are musts!

The class is a deep dive into Piedmont native communities (human, flora, and fauna), forest exploration, ancestral knowledge, and wetlands.  The educator will assist in planning, facilitating, and documenting weekly investigations, incorporating large amounts of hands-on outdoor exploration of Irvine’s 210 acres of natural lands in all types of weather.  They will encourage students to ask questions, explore, and lead their own learning.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Establish a safe learning environment for children to flourish physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively in nature
  • Assist in planning and implementing a nature-based curriculum which includes handling live animals, trail walks, and unstructured nature exploration and play
  • Collaborate with other teaching staff to establish a cohesive approach to Earth Friends
  • Dialogue with your supervisor and families about children’s progress, needs and concerns
  • Support the lead teacher in performing on-going documentation of the children’s learning processes
  • Contribute to weekly email and blog posts with photographs, activities or anecdotes
  • Attend required on-going professional development courses for enrichment
  • Participate in special Earth Friends events (about 4 per year)

Qualifications Needed:

  • Experience working with children, especially in alternative or outdoor settings
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood education or outdoor education preferred
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Current First Aid and CPR training or Wilderness Survival First Aid and CPR
  • Computer experience (i.e., use of Outlook, upload digital photos, supply purchasing, comfort using social media, etc.)
  • Your own reliable transportation
  • Physical stamina to hike up to two miles a day

Time Commitment: Five hours a week, Tuesday afternoons, with additional possible teaching opportunities within Irvine’s Early Childhood Education programs. Please note, we require a commitment for Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters of the program.

Salary: $14.50 an hour

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to: Stephanie Holzman, Head of Earth Friends Homeschool Programs and Forest Dreamers Forest Kindergarten, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117 or email 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