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.

Director of Program Advancement

Community Outreach Liaison

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Educator

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Overnight Educator

Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Interns/Volunteers:

 

 


Director of Program Advancement

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF), a leader in providing quality environmental education experiences in the Washington DC metro region, seeks a dynamic, proven fundraising and program management professional to serve as Director of Program Advancement for its nearly 60-year old suite of multi-faceted and impactful programs.

Position Summary
As a member of the AFF Senior Management team, the Director of Program Advancement will lead efforts to chart the course for sustainability through development of major gifts and cultivation of individual donors, oversight of a robust and successful grants program, completion of a $16 million capital campaign, and direction of all other aspects of the organization’s fund development program. The Director of Program Advancement will also oversee and integrate environmental education and advocacy program efforts with fund development goals to enhance the effectiveness of the organization as AFF seeks to actualize its vision of a world where all people are connected to nature and inspired to take actions to sustain the natural environment. The incumbent will report to the Executive Director and supervise three program managers and their respective teams in the education, advocacy and development departments.

Requirements
Successful candidates will be self-starters with demonstrated leadership and management experience who have a proven track record of success in major gifts solicitation, capital campaigns, and annual fund campaigns. A strong commitment to the environment and an understanding of policy-making at state and local levels is important. Experience in the environmental education arena and knowledge of environmental education criteria and evaluation methods is a plus. Excellent oral, written and solid relationship building skills are essential as are knowledge of charitable giving laws and compliance regulations and experience in budgeting, operating plan development, report analysis, and performance evaluation. Experience with Donor Perfect is a plus. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of seven years of fundraising experience.

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 HR@fergusonfoundation.org. This announcement will remain open/active until position is filled by the ideal candidate


Community Outreach Liaison

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
The Community Outreach Liaison will help shape discussion and build momentum in communities to address the issue of litter through AFF’s Regional Litter Prevention Campaign. The incumbent will work directly with local groups, residents, businesses, schools, and community leaders through one-on-one meetings, presentations, tabling events, and other activities. The Community Outreach Liaison will help community members find resources, communicate community needs to local government agencies and elected officials, and identify opportunities for collaboration. The incumbent will also help coordinate the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, the largest regional cleanup that serves over 14,000 volunteers annually, and the Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit conference. The position is full-time with benefits, and will require occasional evenings and weekends. Applicants must have regular access to a reliable vehicle.

Requirements
Successful candidates will be self-starters with demonstrated volunteer organizing, community outreach,
and/or public speaking skills. The ideal candidate will be able to work both independently in the field 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 is a plus. Applicants should have a relevant Bachelor’s
Degree in a related field such as environmental science, education, communication, or solid waste
management.

A competitive benefits package and salary 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: April 21, 2014


Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Educator

(1 position available)

Environmental Education Facility Seeks 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


AFF Overnight Educator

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a responsible and environmentally focused individual to be our Overnight Educator. This individual will plan, lead, and implement a high quality evening educational program that focuses on the mission of the Foundation while also providing recreational experiences that include campfire activities for the students staying overnight at the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center.

This is a part-time, as needed, position that requires the ability to participate in activities which include, but are not limited to, building campfires, leading games, and various other activities conducted outside in natural, rustic surroundings from late afternoon to early morning on assigned days. Assisting the groups with meals and clean up, the Overnight Educator is responsible for the general safety of the students during the hours of 5:00 pm – 8:00 am.

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
BA/BS 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 or with camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, along with:

  • 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


 

Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Interns/Volunteers:

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is seeking two dynamic interns or volunteers to work with the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative.  By working for the Trash Initiative, you will be part of shaping the discussion and building momentum in metropolitan Washington, DC around the issue of litter and other trash-related problems, including waste reduction. Get involved with the nation’s largest regional cleanup that serves over 14,000 volunteers and be part of a lasting solution to litter through our Regional Litter Prevention Campaign.

Major projects will include assisting with social media, providing support for the 26th Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, and conducting community outreach in the Initiative’s Trash Free Communities. The ideal candidates 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. These unpaid positions will tentatively begin early February 2014 and go through May 2014, though timing is negotiable. Position hours are flexible and can include nights and weekends. This internship can be used for course credit.

Position 1: Community Outreach Intern/Volunteer

Tasks will include:

  • 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup and Celebration
  • Assist at outreach events, such as tabling events and farmers markets.
  • Assess behavior change within Trash Free Communities:
    • Conduct outreach to potential partners, volunteers, and elected officials
    • Work with partners in Trash Free Communities to host cleanup events
    • Help cleanup site leaders register their sites and recruit volunteers
    • Assist with supply distribution
    • Assist with data entry and support to external partners for the Trash Free Potomac Network

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills
  • A people person who is comfortable talking to large groups as well as individuals.
  • Ability to work with minimal guidance
  • Ability to walk on uneven ground and lift 25 lbs.

 

 

Position 2: Communications Intern/Volunteer

Tasks will include:

  • Conduct daily posting on social media outlets
  • Creating connections between partners via social media
  • Assist with writing press releases and reports
  • Participate in creating outreach material

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency with social media sites including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.

 

Additional Qualifications for Both Internships/ Volunteer positions:

  • Undergraduate degree or working towards a degree in communications, public policy, or environmental science.
  • Basic environmental knowledge – familiarity with Potomac River Watershed area.
  • Familiarity with local, state, and federal political structures.
  • Interest in advocacy and the natural environment.
  • Access to a car and willingness to use for reimbursable work projects.

 

Please send your resume and cover letter to apply@fergusonfoundations.org, noting “Trash Initiative Internship” in the subject line. Positions open until filled. For questions please email. Please no phone calls.