Job Opportunities

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is an environmental educational organization on the Potomac River, focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. As a leader of watershed stewardship, it models innovative practices, outreach, partnerships, programs and events that are replicated nationally.

Trash Program Assistant Program Manager 

Environmental Educator

Grant Writer

Part Time Educator for Western Maryland Region Parks

Part-Time Educator – Manassas National Battlefield and Prince William Forest Parks


Trash Program Assistant Program Manager

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), a leader in providing quality environmental education experiences in the Washington DC metro region, seeks a dynamic, results-oriented professional with at least four years of experience to serve as Assistant Program Manager for the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. The Assistant Program Manager will act as the point person for the Program Manager by overseeing the coordination and development of the Trash Initiative (TI) program activities and program staff including: Litter Prevention Campaign, community outreach, Trash Free Schools, and Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, Trash Summit, and the supports the on-going partnership and cross programing between Hard Bargain Farm (HBF) and Bridging the Watershed (BTW).

The Assistant Program Manager is responsible for overseeing a variety of grant funded projects, including management of financials and deliverables. Successful candidates will build momentum in communities to address the issue of litter through AFF’s Regional Litter Prevention Campaign and Trash Free Schools. The Assistant Program Manager will have project management experience, and a demonstrated ability to keep projects on time and on budget. The Assistant Program Manager must be a strong writer, with experience using spreadsheets and other programs to analyze and present data.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision; be comfortable working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment; and be able to work with high level constituents, including donors and board members. The candidate should possess strong organizational, research, marketing, policy and business process skills. The candidate also must demonstrate creative problem-solving and decision-making skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package.  A dynamic and collaborative working environment is among the advantages of working at the Alice Ferguson Foundation which features a beautiful work environment in a national park setting at its Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center in Accokeek, MD.

Before applying, please click here to view the position description and full listing of requirements. To apply, email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to [email protected]. Note that an offer of employment will be subject to successful completion of a background check.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation recruits, hires, and promotes without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Environmental Educator

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, environmentally focused leader to teach environmental education field studies to students, grades K-12, of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The AFF Educator will work in the two environmental education programs of the Alice Ferguson Foundation: Hard Bargain Farm (grades K-6) and Bridging the Watershed (grades 6-12) dependent upon our programming needs.

Responsibilities include teaching standard-aligned, curriculum-based, outdoor field studies to students grades K-6 at Hard Bargain Farm or at participating schools in an outreach capacity and/or students grades 6-12 at regional national parks. Use and maintenance of educational equipment for field studies is an important part of this position, along with collecting and reporting of data. Educators also assist with teacher workshops and other educational opportunities as needed.

This part-time position requires actively working and teaching children outdoors in natural surroundings under various outdoor environmental conditions as well as in the classroom. Reliable transportation is a must!

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in environmental science, environmental studies, natural sciences, science education, elementary/secondary education, agricultural science, natural resources management related field OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields, along with:

  • Experience teaching and/or working with children and/or adolescents
  • Excellence in coordinating group dynamics
  • Currently certified in adult First Aid and CPR (strongly preferred)
  • Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children
  • Comfort in working in natural, outdoor settings
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected].

This announcement is ongoing.


Grant Writer
The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is seeking a skilled Grant Writer with a proven track record of success. The Grant Writer identifies, researches, and pursues public, foundation, and corporate grant funding opportunities to support and expand AFF’s programs, services, and initiatives. The Grant Writer is also responsible for special projects related to strategic program planning and future funding needs, including capital investments. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Strong organizational, project management, and analytical skills
  • Ability to write concise, outcomes-focused proposals
  • Comfort in employing technology to track and manage applications and awards
  • Ability to be a positive, dedicated team player, willing to dive in to support mission-based work
  • Creative, collaborative thinking as well as a commitment to AFF’s mission
  • A “big picture” approach to work but a keen eye to detail
  • Ability to communicate with accuracy, integrity, and warmth
  • Facility in managing up and across departments
  • A track record of being motivated by new challenges and seeing work to completion
  • A commitment to organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially as supported structurally through the grants program

This is a full-time position based in AFF’s Accokeek, MD, offices. Three years of grant writing experience is required. Salary is in the low to mid $50,000 range, depending on experience, with excellent benefits including paid leave, health insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

Before applying, please Click Here for additional details. To apply, email cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and two writing samples to [email protected]. Note that an offer of employment will be subject to successful completion of a background check.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation recruits, hires, and promotes without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Part Time Educator for Western Maryland Region Parks

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, environmentally focused leader to teach environmental education field studies to students. The AFF Educator will lead and teach environmental education field studies to students, grades 6-12 in Western Maryland and West Virginia areas.  The Educator will conduct on-site environmental watershed education programs for the Bridging the Watershed program (grades 6-12). Work primarily occurs outdoors in the following National and State Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in Harpers Ferry, WV, Monocacy National Battlefield Park in Frederick, MD, Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD, Antietam Battlefield Park in Sharpsburg, MD, and Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, MD.  Use and maintenance of educational equipment for field studies is an important part of this position, along with collecting and reporting of data. Educators also assist with teacher workshops and other educational opportunities as needed. The candidate will need to be a self-motivated individual who can work independently and work with the Bridging the Watershed Coordinator.

This part-time position requires actively working and teaching children outdoors in natural surroundings under various outdoor environmental conditions as well as in the classroom. Must have reliable transportation to national park locations and/or school locations as needed in the western Maryland and West Virginia area. Occasional travel to DC Metro area will be required for meetings. Mileage reimbursement is available to park and school locations. Salary rate: $15/hour; hours are Monday-Friday primarily business hours; hours are variable depending upon program needs and employees’ availability.

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in environmental science, environmental studies, natural sciences, science education, elementary/secondary education, agricultural science, natural resources management related field OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields, along with:

  • Experience teaching and/or working with children and/or adolescents
  • Excellence in coordinating group dynamics
  • Currently certified in adult First Aid and CPR (is required)
  • Successfully pass a criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children
  • Comfort in working in natural, outdoor settings
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected]. Please put Western BTW Educator position in subject line.


Part-Time Educator – Manassas National Battlefield and Prince William Forest Parks

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, environmentally focused leader to teach environmental education field studies to students. The AFF Educator will lead and teach environmental education field studies to students, grades 4-12 at the Manassas National Battlefield, Prince William Forest Parks and DC metro area parks as needed. The Educator will conduct on-site environmental watershed education programs for the Bridging the Watershed program (grades 4-12). Work primarily occurs outdoors in the following National and State Parks: Manassas National Battlefield park, Prince William Forest Park and other DC metro area national parks. Use and maintenance of educational equipment for field studies is an important part of this position, along with collecting and reporting of data. Educators also assist with teacher workshops and other educational opportunities as needed.  The candidate will need to be a self-motivated individual who can work independently and work with the Bridging the Watershed Coordinator.

This part-time position requires actively working and teaching children outdoors in natural surroundings under various outdoor environmental conditions as well as in the classroom. Must have reliable transportation to national park locations. Mileage reimbursement is available to park and school locations. Hours are Monday-Friday primarily business hours; hours are variable depending upon program needs and employees’ availability.

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) in environmental science, environmental studies, natural sciences, science education, elementary/secondary education, agricultural science, natural resources management related field OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields, along with:

    • Experience teaching and/or working with children and/or adolescents
    • Excellence in coordinating group dynamics
    • Currently certified in adult First Aid and CPR (is required)
    • Successfully pass a criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children
    • Comfort in working in natural, outdoor settings
    • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected].