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.

Advancement Associate

Education Program Manager

Environmental Educator

 


Advancement Associate

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), a leader in providing quality environmental education experiences in the Washington DC metro region, seeks a dynamic, results-oriented fundraising professional with at least two years of experience to serve as Advancement Associate. The Advancement Associate organizes and supports all fundraising, including foundation and corporate grant seeking; cultivation of major donors and members; management of donor data; and coordination of fundraising events. The Advancement Associate also supports the organization’s communications efforts related to fundraising.

Successful candidates will be self-starters with experience in supporting fundraising and cultivation events, soliciting sponsorships; coordinating membership and annual fund appeals; supporting a corporate giving and planned giving program; and enhancing fundraising efforts through online communications and social media. Experience with capital campaigns is preferred. Excellent oral, written and solid relationship building skills are essential as is knowledge of database management (Alice Ferguson Foundation uses DonorPerfect and WealthEngine), and proficiency in using applications such as MS Office, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

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 incumbent should possess strong organizational, research, marketing, and business process skills; demonstrate creative problem-solving and decision-making skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion; and  have knowledge of development department functions, with skills in using social networks and multimedia technology to enhance fundraising (peer-to-peer fundraising).

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.


Education 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 Education Program Manager. The Education Program Manager is responsible for programmatic management and supervision of education Program Coordinators and staff for the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Education Center and Bridging the Watershed Programs. The Manager is responsible for overseeing a variety of grant funded projects, including management of financials and deliverables. The Manager also provides leadership in keeping AFF abreast of current changes in environmental education and environmental literacy, including STEM, and provides external leadership for the organization in relevant fields. The Manager aligns AFF education programs with the Foundation’s strategic plan and mission, as well as standards in environmental education.

Successful candidates will be self-starters with experience in programmatic leadership and supervision, as well as planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs. The Manager must demonstrate ability to build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders such as school systems and the National Park Service, with the goal of serving existing audiences and expanding and diversifying audiences. The Manager will have project management experience, and a demonstrated ability to keep projects on time and on budget. The Manager must be a strong writer, with experience using spreadsheets and other programs to analyze and present data. The Manager should have experience in developing projects for proposal to funders, including concept, scope of work, and budget development.

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

This announcement will remain open 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: HR@fergusonfoundation.org.