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.

 


 

Corporate, Donor, & Volunteer Relations Coordinator

Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks a Corporate, Donor, and Volunteer Relations Coordinator to carry out development strategies, including outreach, solicitation, cultivation, networking, follow up and stewardship of potential and existing corporate sponsors (30%), to oversee donor cultivation through friend and fundraising events (30%), to coordinate volunteers and volunteer activities in support of the Alice Ferguson Foundation (30%), and to support general relationship-based fundraising activities of the development team (10%).

Primary Role(s):

  • In partnership with Alice Ferguson Foundation’s President/CEO and Director of Institutional Development (DID), cultivate corporate relationships through in-person meetings, facility tours, and general communication activities
  • Maintain a relationship management process for corporate activity and track all interactions of Alice Ferguson Foundation’s President/CEO and others within the organization
  • Research to discover potential corporate sponsors and donors and how best to engage them, including corporate matching gift program, to ensure that employee gifts are matched by supporting employers
  • Collaborate with DID on development of corporate giving goals and objectives including expanding of fundraising networks and developing new corporate relationships through speaking engagement or targeted community involvement
  • Personally, manage the relationships and solicitation process for select corporate prospects
  • Plan, implement, and track fulfillment of corporate expectations (tickets, facility use, etc.), including tracking corporate invoices and pledges.
  • Manage the planning, implementation, and execution of donor cultivation (friendraising) events, as well as annual fundraising events (Pinot on the Potomac) with support from other members of the development team.
  • Event management to include development of event goals, budget, and planning schedule, solicitation/tracking of sponsors, working with Communications and Marketing Manager on production and scheduling of marketing and promotional materials, tracking invitations and RSVP’s, coordination with volunteers and event vendors, day of event management including VIP identification and strategy, and post event follow up with donors, attendees, and vendors.
  • In partnership with DID, develop new volunteer program to match volunteer opportunities to Alice Ferguson Foundation’s needs. This includes working with staff to develop a list of activities, projects and events appropriate for volunteers; recruiting, orientating, and matching volunteers to these needs; providing ongoing support and guidance of volunteers; and developing volunteer communication and tracking systems (such as Volgistics), to schedule and engage with volunteers.  

 

Secondary role(s):

  • Supports general development team activities – such as mid-year and annual appeal, and membership drives
  • Provide support to the capital campaign
  • Support program staff as they ensure fiscal sustainability of programming and project accounting to demonstrate appropriate use of donor funds
  • Support the Foundation’s public outreach and marketing efforts as needed, especially as related to events, including workplace giving events and presentations to prospective funders
  • Support educational programs, events, and demonstrations as needed
  • Build the Foundation’s visibility through participation at conferences and meetings, development of training workshops, and networking with colleagues
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings
  • Work closely with and provide development support to the DID, as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Other 
Activities

  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings
  • Assist President/CEO
  • Contribute to communications in support of development and volunteer program


Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated success in securing corporate sponsorships and donations, at least two years of fundraising experience is preferred.
  • Experience working as a volunteer in a nonprofit or community organization, with management of volunteers in a nonprofit setting a plus.
  • Very strong organizational, research, marketing, and business process skills.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including demonstrated writing skills.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills, and ability to maintain poise and professionalism under pressure.
  • Ability to work with high level constituents, including corporate leaders, donors, volunteers and board members.
  • Willingness to cultivate and steward new volunteers, and ability to build successful volunteer relationships.
  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills, initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Understanding of the significance of organizational culture, and support for organizational standards.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, collegial, team-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment. Excellent independent decision making skills, but openness to taking direction. 
  • Ability to work independently on a variety of assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of development department functions, with proficiency in using applications such as MS Office, fundraising and donor applications (Alice Ferguson Foundation uses Kindful and Grantseeker). Experience with donor management databases a plus.
  • Familiarity with social media outlets and skills in using social networks and multimedia technology to enhance fundraising.
  • High level of computer proficiency including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Internet-based research.
  • Familiarity with developing and implementing client relationship management tracking systems. 
  • Familiarly with basic graphic design principles a plus.

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.

 


 

Project Coordinator (Part Time)

The Program Coordinator leads implementation of the Trash Free Schools program and supports implementation of Hard Bargain Farm and Bridging the Watershed programming. By building authentic relationships with administrators, teachers, school staff and students, the Coordinator will inspire schools to prevent and cleanup litter, while connecting students to the natural world. The target area will be the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and other communities as directed such as Montgomery County and/or Northern Virginia.

Primary Role(s):

  • Lead planning for and implementation of the Trash Free Schools program
    [20-24 hours/week]

    • Build authentic relationships with partner schools with the goal of inspiring actions to prevent litter and cleanup communities
    • Conduct hands-on environmental education programming at schools related to trash and litter
    • Facilitate brainstorming, planning and implementation of student led action projects, including working directly with teachers, school staff and students
    • Coordinate and lead schoolyard cleanups throughout the year
    • Distribute Litter Campaign materials to schools including, posters, banners, Adopt A Litter Cans, reusable bottles etc.
    • Manage the Trash Free Schools guidebook, pledges, pre and post program surveys, end of year report cards and other TFS documentation


Secondary role(s):

  • Implement education programming with students and adults
    • Teach students environmental education programs using the natural and agricultural surroundings, either at the Hard Bargain Farm or in national parks for both the HBF and BTW programs.
    • Maintains inventory of equipment and supplies, keeping them organized and in good working order.
  • Assist with other AFF activities
    • 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.
  • Ability to understand and teach ecological concepts. 
  • 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
  • Currently certified in adult First Aid and CPR
  • Oral and written proficiency Spanish with the ability to communicate clearly and authentically.

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].

This announcement is ongoing.