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.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work and at all levels of staff and governance. We honor the beliefs, attitudes, languages, interpersonal styles, and values of all individuals. We are dedicated to enhancing opportunities for people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to collectively accomplish the mission of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

 

 


Community Outreach Coordinator

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), a leading environmental education non-profit organization in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is seeking an experienced Community Outreach Coordinator to lead its outreach and community engagement for the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative.

The Coordinator will partner with communities to address the issue of litter through AFF’s Regional Litter Prevention Campaign and cleanup efforts. By spreading the word about the Trash Initiative and building relationships with community members, the Coordinator inspires individuals and local organizations to prevent litter and cleanup communities, green spaces and waterways. The target area will be Washington, D.C. and other communities as directed such as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead outreach and community engagement for the Trash Initiative
    • Conduct trash and litter related presentations and tabling events for local citizens through civic associations, churches, recreation centers, libraries, schools, and businesses.
    • Identify and recruit key stakeholder groups including elected officials, agency staff, houses of worship, businesses, schools, and youth groups in each community.
    • Build authentic relationships with key community contacts and local organizations with the goal of inspiring actions to prevent litter and cleanup communities.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the Litter Prevention Campaign
    • Lead the development and revision of toolkit items, especially to better target millennials and Latinos, and incorporate the issue of plastic pollution.
    • Distribute Campaign materials and provide support for implementation.
    • Conduct evaluation of Campaign using direct behavioral observations, surveys and other methods.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of two years in a related field such as environmental science, education, communication, or solid waste management.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to have exceptional verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Oral and written proficiency in English and Spanish with the ability to communicate clearly and authentically. Attention to detail and the ability to organize, establish priorities and work well under pressure are essential skills, as is the ability to organize community outreach, public speaking and youth education. Basic environmental knowledge and familiarity with Potomac River Watershed area. Demonstrated ability to teach and/or work with youth, adolescents, and/or adults.

A competitive benefits package and salary, commensurate with experience, along with a dynamic and collaborative working environment are among the advantages of working at the Alice Ferguson Foundation. 

To apply, email cover letter and resume to [email protected] This announcement will remain active until the position is filled.

 


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.