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

Communications and Marketing Manager

Environmental Educator

Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Program Manager

 


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 offered is in the low $30′s 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.


Communications and Marketing Manager

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, proven communications professional to create and implement a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy for the Foundation, including management of 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, update 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 enhance communications around initiatives like AFF’s Litter Prevention Public Service Campaign, the Foundation’s “Trash Network,” a web based platform for mapping citizen science data, and volunteer databases and data collection tools.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and positive self-starter, with a demonstrated ability to write, edit, and proofread text; create and post online content; and design and manage printing of materials such as outreach brochures and flyers, advertisements, newsletters and annual reports. The candidate must enjoy a fast-paced working environment, public speaking, and cultivating and managing relationships with a variety of audiences, including stakeholders, board members and the media.

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. Strong administrative skills, project management, and budgeting skills are preferred as is supervisory experience.

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package. The nature of the job requires some evening and weekend work. A dynamic and collaborative workplace 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.


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.

This announcement is ongoing.


Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative Program Manager

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) is seeking a Program Manager to oversee its Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. AFF is an environmental educational organization 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 (Trash 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
The Trash Initiative Program Manager is responsible for programmatic management and supervision of Trash Initiative staff. The Manager oversees 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 litter prevention, waste management and reduction, and community based social marketing, and provides external leadership for the organization in relevant fields. The Manager aligns the Trash Initiative with the Foundation’s strategic plan and mission.

The Program Manager will ensure successful administration and growth of the Trash Initiative’s projects and events. Its main project is a public service campaign that is implemented on jurisdictional and community, grassroots levels. Key events include the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, a regional cleanup that serves over 14,000 volunteers and roughly 500 partners annually, and the Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit conference. Additional duties include advocacy work, including providing testimony, and facilitating collaboration among partners to address the region’s trash problem. The position is full-time with benefits, and will require occasional evenings and weekends. Applicants must have regular access to a reliable vehicle.

Requirements
The successful candidate will be a self-starter with experience in programmatic leadership and supervision, as well as planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs. The Manager must demonstrate ability to build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders such as county governments and nonprofits, with the goal of serving existing audiences while expanding the scope and scale of stakeholders reached. The Manager will have project management experience and a demonstrated ability to keep projects on time and on budget. The Manager must have strong writing and communications skills, 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 budgets.

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, flexibility, 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.