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.

 

Environmental Educator

Bridging the Watershed Part-Time Educator

Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at AFF

 


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.


Bridging the Watershed Part-Time Educator

Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, environmentally focused leader to teach environmental education field studies to students. The AFF Educator will lead and teach environmental education field studies to students, grades 4-12 at the Manassas National Battlefield, Prince William Forest Parks and DC metro area parks as needed. The Educator will conduct on-site environmental watershed education programs for the Bridging the Watershed program (grades 4-12). Work primarily occurs outdoors in the following National and State Parks: Manassas National Battlefield park, Prince William Forest Park and other DC metro area 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. The candidate will need to be a self-motivated individual who can work independently and work with the Bridging the Watershed Coordinator.

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. Must have reliable transportation to national park locations. Mileage reimbursement is available to park and school locations. Hours are Monday-Friday primarily business hours; hours are variable depending upon program needs and employees’ availability.

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 (is required)
  • Successfully pass a 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.


Volunteer Maryland Coodinator at Alice Ferguson Foundation

The Volunteer Maryland Coordinator (VMC) will work with AFF staff and partners to participate in trash cleanups. The VMC will focus recruitment on underserved and high risk littering audiences. This is an 11 month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving at the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Volunteer Maryland Coordinators (VMCs) are responsible for developing and implementing a volunteer program as agreed to in the VM site partnership negotiations that occurred in spring, 2015. The VMC service year will begin on September 23, 2015 and conclude on August 9, 2016; Volunteer Maryland Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service during the term.

DUTIES:

  • Develop a written work plan and timeline for implementation.
  • Develop or revise program materials such as a policy and procedure manual, volunteer position descriptions, promotional fliers or brochures, and screening, training, and evaluation tools.
  • Recruit volunteers. Outreach methods may include: presentations to schools, faith, business, and/or community groups; staffing information booths at community events; and utilizing the media.
  • Screen volunteers as necessary; procedures might include interviews, reference checks, and criminal background checks.
  • Develop and facilitate orientation and training for volunteers.
  • Supervise volunteers; develop and implement recognition activities for volunteers such as special events, awards, gifts, etc.
  • Maintain accurate records of volunteer participation.
  • Evaluate progress made in achieving the program’s goals; report on progress in statistical and narrative reports for Volunteer Maryland.
  • Develop community partnerships to support the volunteer program.
  • Perform direct community service each week (up to four hours each week).
  • Serve as public ambassador for the Service Site, Volunteer Maryland, and AmeriCorps.
  • Participate in VM and AmeriCorps training, service projects, and other activities.
  • VMCs may be assigned other volunteer program duties during the course of the service year by the Service Site Supervisor.

Note: the AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals

SELECTION PROCESS:

To participate in Volunteer Maryland, applicants must submit a written application. Staff will review the application, with special emphasis placed on the writing sample, invite the applicant to interview if appropriate, conduct two reference checks, and complete a criminal background investigation. After an applicant has been tentatively matched, the three-part criminal history check will be initiated and appropriate paperwork will be sent. Individuals will not be allowed to start training until all paperwork is received by the program, the NSOPR check is received, and fingerprints are submitted to the Maryland CJIS Central Repository and the designated agencies of any other states where the individual resided. No individual will be enrolled as an AmeriCorps member until satisfactory completion of training.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS:

To serve as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, an individual must be at least 17 years of age; have a high school diploma or GED; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien; pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Maryland and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check; and complete pre-service training requirements. Documentation of age, education, and citizenship are due on the first day of training.

SKILLS AND ATTITUDES NECESSARY:

  • Skilled at taking initiative, problem solving, and working independently, to be able to develop and implement a volunteer program.
  • Strong interest and ability to work with youth.
  • Interest in working with a diverse community. Some Spanish speaking skills helpful.
  • Skilled at building interpersonal relationships, to work effectively as part of a team (at the Service Site and with his/her class of VMCs), and to manage volunteers.
  • Strong verbal skills, to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and community groups.
  • Skilled at written communication, to develop program materials and reports.
  • Committed to the concept of national service and to making a difference in his/her community.
  • Capable of using Microsoft Office, to be able to produce program materials and track volunteer hours.
  • Have own, or have access to, transportation to and from VM trainings, events, and Service Site-related activities.
  • Able to respond to organizational change productively and maintain positive attitude.

TO APPLY:

Download and complete the VMC application 2015-2016, and return with a resume. 

Send application to:

Julene Joy
Alice Ferguson Foundation
2001 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607

or you can send your application and resume via email to jjoy@fergusonfoundation.org.

MORE INFORMATION:

VMC Fact Sheet

Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Position – full description