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.

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Educator

Outdoor School Educator (Two positions available)

Development Associate

Trash Initiative Internship (paid)

 

 


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


Outdoor School Educator

(2 positions available)

Outdoor School Educator
The Outdoor School Educator leads and teaches day-long, curriculum-based field studies to sixth grade students of Allegany County Public Schools (ACPS) in an outdoor park setting at Rocky Gap State Park (Maryland) and C & O Canal National Historical Park – Cumberland. Successful applicants will be employed by the Alice Ferguson Foundation in support of the Bridging the Watershed program.

Responsibilities include the planning, presentation and leading of field studies to all the sixth graders of Allegany County Public Schools in public parks over the term of employment. Provide support for and communicate with accompanying ACPS school teachers and administration and state and national park rangers. Use and maintain educational equipment for field studies, collecting and reporting data as assigned. Provides additional support to BTW program as needed.

This is a temporary, full-time position working approximately 7-hour a day from September 16, 17 training days, September 22-October 2 (Mondays-Fridays). Depending upon employees’ proximity to the parks, reimbursement for commuting mileage or basic motel accommodations can be arranged. This position requires reliable transportation between the two parks. Salary is $15-$20 per hour.

EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
BS or BA (or working toward completion of) environmental science, environmental studies, natural sciences, biology, earth sciences, park and recreation mgmt., education, science education, related field OR equivalent level of work experience in the indicated fields, along with:

  • Experience teaching and/or working with children and/or adolescents
  • 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
  • To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: HR@fergusonfoundation.org


    Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Development Associate

    (1 position available)

    The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is a leading environmental education non-profit organization based in Accokeek, MD, 10 miles south of Washington, DC. AFF seeks a motivated Development Associate to identify, manage, and steward funds that support the organization’s programs.

    The Development Associate will focus on the management of foundation, government, and corporate grants for all programs; maintain the organization’s contact and donor database; and support all other development activities, including membership, planned giving, sponsorships, partnership development, and capital campaign.

    Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • exceptional written and verbal communication
  • analytical thinking and creative problem solving ability
  • ability to develop and implement organizational and tracking systems
  • effective interpersonal skills
  • flexible and collaborative demeanor
  • Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Previous experience in office management
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Internet-based research
  • Familiarity with social media outlets
  • Fundraising and database (Donor Perfect) experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of basic graphic design a plus
  • The Development Associate is a full-time, permanent position based at the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s main office in Accokeek, MD. Occasional travel in the local area is required.

    Salary range is $28,000-$32,000 per year plus a very competitive benefits package. AFF offers a supportive and comfortable working environment on an educational working farm. AFF offers opportunities for professional development and career growth. AFF is an equal opportunity employer.

    To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@fergusonfoundation.org. The position is open until filled.

    Trash Initiative Intern

    (1 position available)

    The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is seeking an intern to assist the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative in generating collaboration and action to address the issues of litter and waste reduction through an annual conference and cleanup efforts. 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. www.fergusonfoundation.org

    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 9th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit and 27th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. 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 an eight to nine 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 September 2014 through early May 2015, but participation in one of the two following projects, each roughly four months in length, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    •The Potomac Watershed Trash Summit is being held in the fall of 2014, and is a high-profile event that attracts a diverse audience of stakeholders including elected officials, government agency staff, businesses, grassroots organizations, and the media. The Trash Summit is an important opportunity to demonstrate how a comprehensive upstream approach to litter prevention can help prevent trash’s negative impacts. For this project the incumbent will assist with event logistics, outreach, and evaluation as well as contribute to material creation.

    •The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup is held in April and 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. The incumbent will assist with the coordination of partners, elected officials, and event logistics. Duties also include supporting cleanup leaders in registering their sites, leading cleanups, reporting results, and assisting with the maintenance of the online volunteer database.

    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 is a plus. Applicants should have 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: Monday, September 15, 2014