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.

Environmental Educator

Environmental Educator (Western MD Based)

Communications Manager

Farm Assistant

Trash Initiative Internship

Grounds and Maintenance Associate

 


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: HR@fergusonfoundation.org.


Environmental Educator (Western MD Based)

Environmental Education Facility Seeks 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.

Please apply by February 2, 2015: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: HR@fergusonfoundation.org. Please put Western BTW Educator position in subject line.


Communications Manager

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, proven communications professional to coordinate the Foundation’s website content, social media presence, media relations, publications, and other outreach materials. AFF is an environmental educational non-profit focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy in the Washington, DC, metro region.

Position Summary/Requirements
The Communications Manager will integrate and coordinate all of AFF’s communication platforms including website, social media channels, and print publications with consistent messaging and branding. The Manager will also coordinate all media relations and outreach for AFF programs and events and execute an annual communications plan to strategically ensure that AFF’s mission and initiatives are well understood and widely known. A key component of the job is supporting program staff and partners to coordinate initiatives like AFF’s Litter Prevention Public Service Campaign, a web based platform for mapping citizen science data, and volunteer databases and data collection tools.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to write, edit, and proofread text; create and post online content; design and manage printing of materials such as outreach brochures and flyers, advertisements, newsletters and annual reports; and will demonstrate a track record in media relations. A strong commitment to the environment and a basic understanding of marketing and the importance of communication for fundraising are desirable. Excellent oral, written, and solid relationship building skills are essential. High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite are required. Experience working with HTML, WordPress websites, and Constant Contact is desired. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2-4 years of experience.

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 the Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, MD. To apply, email cover letter with salary requirements, resume, writing samples, and design samples to HR@fergusonfoundation.org. This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.

 


Farm Assistant

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a multi-faceted farm assistant who will be involved with all aspects of Hard Bargain farm, from the barnyard, livestock, agricultural and crop lands, to assisting with the execution of agricultural-focused field study for students and other visitors. AFF is an environmental educational non-profit focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices, and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship, and advocacy in the Washington, DC, metro region.

Position Summary/Requirements

Besides helping with animal management, the Farm Assistant will aid in the implementation of sustainable agriculture practices that are in line with land use best management practices and work to ensure farm activities comply with federal, state and local regulations. A key component of the job is managing the rotational grazing of beef cattle, as well as supporting all aspects of hay, meat, and egg production. Other duties of this position involve helping to maintain fences and farm buildings, as well as coordinating the routine maintenance of farm equipment, tractors, and vehicles as needed.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple projects. A strong commitment to the environment and a basic understanding of marketing and the importance of communication for fundraising are desirable. A solid level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is essential. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2-4 years of experience with sustainable agriculture, animal care and management, farming and farm machinery operation.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. Among the advantages of employment at the Alice Ferguson Foundation is working in a beautiful work environment in a national park setting at the Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, MD. To apply, email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to HR@fergusonfoundation.org. This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.

 


Trash Initiative Internship

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is seeking an intern to assist with the 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, coordinated by AFF’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed. This event ignites stewardship throughout the Watershed, which includes Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and portions of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Last year the Annual Cleanup engaged over 14,750 volunteers to remove 576,000 pounds of trash from our regions neighborhoods, parks, and waterways.

AFF is an environmental education non-profit focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy. The Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative is a leader in the metropolitan Washington DC region in addressing and studying the issue of litter. The Trash Initiative works to create lasting reduction of litter and waste in the Washington, DC region through public education, advocacy, market-based incentives and strong policy and regulatory efforts. AFF believes in building momentum and creating change by collaborating with local partners to ensure clean land, safe water, and healthy lives for the residents of the Potomac Watershed.

Position Summary

This part-time internship will provide substantial experience in outreach, event planning, and partner support. The Trash Initiative Intern will primarily assist with the coordination of the 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. The incumbent will assist with the coordination of partners, elected officials, and event logistics. Duties include supporting cleanup leaders in registering their sites, leading cleanups, reporting results, and assisting with the maintenance of the online volunteer database.  Additional activities include helping to revise and create marketing strategies to better target young adults with a public service campaign and activities for K-12 schools. Interns will also have an opportunity to work on an independent project of their choice.

This is a four to five month internship, with 15-20 hours a week expected work load, and can be used for course credit or for a small stipend. Ideally the intern will join the Trash Initiative from late January 2015 through early May 2015.

Requirements

Successful candidates will be self-starters with excellent communication and organizational skills and strong attention to detail.  The ideal candidate will be able to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as be flexible and comfortable working in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and through writing, and strong interpersonal skills are essential. Comfortable working in natural, outdoor settings and ability to lift 50 pounds is a plus. Applicants should have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Competitive compensation 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 apply@fergusonfoundation.org.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 30, 2015

 


Grounds and Maintenance Associate

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a talented, all-around facilities professional to maintain the grounds and gardens, as well as perform a variety of work in the general maintenance and repair of buildings, facilities, and equipment in all kinds of weather conditions.  AFF is an environmental educational non-profit focused on connecting people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship and advocacy in the Washington, DC, metro region.

Position Summary/Requirements

The duties performed by the Grounds and Maintenance Associate are multi-faceted, working to maintain and improve the grounds and gardens at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center. Mowing, gardening, removal of fallen trees, leaf blowing, gutter cleaning and trail clearing/maintenance, snowplowing and clearing roadside vegetation are all key elements of this position. The Associate will also assist with a variety of building and other infrastructure repair and maintenance as well as set up and takedown for various events held on-site.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with the demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects as well the ability to be on-call for after-hours support on a rotating basis. Excellent oral and written communication, organizational and recordkeeping skills are essential. A strong commitment to the environment. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of 2-4 years of experience.

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. To apply, email cover letter with salary requirements and resume to HR@fergusonfoundation.org.

This announcement will remain open until the position is filled.