Job Opportunities

The Alice Ferguson Foundation 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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Farm Manager

Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks a Farm Managet to oversee all aspects of Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Hard Bargain Farm, which is an educational working farm for teachers, students and visitors. Duties will include supervision of staff, animal care, fences, agricultural and croplands, and the sale of farm products. Operate farm machinery. Work with Facilities staff to maintain buildings, trails and cropland. Assist with the execution of agricultural-focused field study for students and other visitors.

Primary Role(s):

  • Implement sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices that are in line with land use best management practices and to ensure farm activities comply with Federal, state and local regulations. Agriculture practices may include hay production, meat and egg production. Coordinate annual renewal of farm licenses and various other permits.   
  • Oversee animal management and care to include assessing, sorting, castrating, selling, medicating or confining, to ensure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Manage the rotational grazing of beef cattle to maximize manure enhancement to soil. Execute the layout and set up of electric fencing and watering lines.
  • Supervise morning and evening animal feeding and care and oversee farm staff to ensure care and feeding are provided as directed. Animals on site may include cattle, chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and the like.
  • Oversee equipment operation and maintenance. Keep equipment in good working order. Coordinate the routine maintenance of farm equipment, tractors and trucks as needed, keeping records current. Executes repairs for farm vehicles, or arranging for repair work, as appropriate.
  • Supervise part time staff, including training and evaluating staff.
  • Work closely under the supervision of the Facilities Manager to coordinate and execute installation, repair and maintenance of fences and farm buildings as needed.
  • Assists with the development and management of the annual budget.

 

Secondary role(s):

  • Assist as needed on special facilities maintenance projects, performing repairs upon request as well as other miscellaneous duties under the supervision of the Facilities Manager.
  • Assist with content for publications and social media.
  • Participate in public and private events, as needed.
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assist other teams, as needed.

 

Requirements:

  • BA or BS in a relevant field and/or 2-4 years of experience with sustainable agriculture, animal care and management, farming and farm machinery operation.
  • Understanding of soil/plant/water interrelationships and good gardening techniques observing  sustainable and regenerative best management practices.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, with attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team-based structure, with flexibility under shifting deadlines.
  • Excellent oral, written and record-keeping skills.
  • A solid working level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is essential.  

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected]org.

 


 

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator coordinates the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup and conducts outreach and community engagement for the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). By spreading the word about AFF and building relationships with community members, the Coordinator inspires individuals and local organizations to prevent litter and cleanup communities, greenspaces and waterways.

The Coordinator will partner with communities to address the issue of litter through organized community cleanup efforts, outreach and community engagement and support for other AFF programs. The target area will be the District of Columbia and other communities as directed such as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.

Primary Role(s):

  • Coordinate all aspects of the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup (50%)
    • Build relationships with key cleanup partners and with site leaders
    • Lead AFF staff and volunteers in planning for the cleanup, including: managing the Trash Network, recruiting new cleanup site leaders, organizing cleanup site leader trainings, recruiting cleanup volunteers, ordering and distributing cleanup supplies, communicating with site leaders etc.
    • Coordinate outreach for the cleanup including, social media, email blasts, flyers, listserve announcements, newsletter etc.
    • Lead cleanups and coordinate AFF staff involvement in cleanups
    • Document and track cleanup results throughout the year
  • Conduct outreach and community engagement for AFF (30%)
    • Conduct trash and litter related presentations and tabling events for local citizens through civic associations, churches, recreation centers, libraries, schools, and businesses.
    • Build authentic relationships with key community contacts and local organizations with the goal of inspiring actions to prevent litter and cleanup communities
    • Distribute Litter Campaign materials and support community implementation
    • Conduct evaluation of Campaign using direct behavioral observations, surveys and other methods.

 

Secondary role(s):

  • Support other AFF Programs (15%)
    • Support logistical coordination and implementation of the Trash Summit.
    • Support schools in the implementation of the Trash Free Schools program.
    • Assist with data management and content for grant proposal and grant reporting.
    • Assist in environmental education for students and workshops for teachers, including on and off-site programming
  • Assist with other AFF activities (5%)
    • Participate in special events: Spring Farm Festival, Oktoberfest, members’ events, and other AFF-sponsored events as needed.
    • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.

 

Required:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to connect with diverse audiences and collaborate with community partners in a wide range of cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, with a focus on outcomes.
  • Oral and written proficiency in English with the ability to communicate clearly and authentically.
  • 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 work nights and weekends 1 – 2 times per week.
  • Commitment to service of diverse populations, cultural competency, and facility in cross-cultural communication.
  • Able to complete highly physical work, conducted outdoors in all types of weather on uneven terrain. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Demonstrate skill in handling groups of children and adults by engaging and keeping their interest while effectively managing group logistics. 
  • Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children

 

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in a related field such as environmental science, education, communication, or solid waste management. 
  • 1 to 2 years of program coordination experience, including but not limited to volunteer organizing, 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.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Experience with Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google Drive

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected]org.

 


Overnight Educator

The Overnight Environmental Educator will plan, lead, and implement an evening program including campfire with overnight students participating in the Hard Bargain Farm Education program. They will be responsible for the general safety of the students during the time they are with the students.  They will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for the students that focus on the mission of the Foundation.

Work is done outside in natural, rustic surroundings as well as inside the Cafritz Environmental Center from late afternoon to early morning on assigned days. This position requires staying overnight on the campus.  A sleeping accommodation, separate from the students, for the individual is provided with amenities (bathroom, kitchen, central heating, air conditioning).

Primary Role(s):  

  • Organize and lead an evening program and or campfire activities.
  • Prepare and serve meals to program participants
  • Lead environmental education programming using the natural surroundings including leading a campfire program
  • Maintain the kitchen and facilities for organization and cleanliness
  • Assist teachers and students with breakfast and getting prepared for the daytime activities.
  • Maintain safety of program participants

Secondary Role(s):

  • Assist with other AFF activities
  • Participate in AFF-sponsored events as needed.
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.

 

Required:

  • Demonstrate skill in handling groups of children and adults by engaging and keeping their interest while effectively managing group logistics.
  • Ability to lead, plan, organize and implement program activities.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Commitment to service of diverse populations, cultural competency, and facility in cross-cultural communication.
  • Able to complete highly physical work, conducted outdoors in all types of weather on uneven terrain. Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Subject to criminal background/fingerprinting check due to working with children
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

 

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in a related field such as environmental science or education. 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified (or contingent upon employment).
  • Basic environmental knowledge and familiarity with Potomac River Watershed area.

 

TO APPLY: Send resume, cover letter, and references to: [email protected]org.

 


 

Environmental Educator

Alice Ferguson Foundation 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 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]dation.org.

This announcement is ongoing.