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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

Overnight Educator

Communications Manager

 


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


Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) Overnight Educator

(1 position available)
Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a responsible and environmentally focused individual to be our Overnight Educator. This individual will plan, lead, and implement a high quality evening educational program that focuses on the mission of the Foundation while also providing recreational experiences that include campfire activities for the students staying overnight at the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center.
This is a part-time, as needed, position that requires the ability to participate in activities which include, but are not limited to, building campfires, leading games, and various other activities conducted outside in natural, rustic surroundings from late afternoon to early morning on assigned days. Assisting the groups with meals and clean up, the Overnight Educator is responsible for the general safety of the students during the hours of 5:00 pm – 8:00 am.
EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:
BA/BS 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 or with camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, along with:

  • 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.

Compensation for this position will be $150/scheduled overnight assignment (5:00 pm – 8:00 am)
To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and references to: HR@fergusonfoundation.org. Applications will be accepted until November 9th, 2014.


Alice Ferguson Foundation Communications Manager

The Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF) seeks a dynamic, proven communications professional to coordinate 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 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 coordinate initiatives like AFF’s Litter Prevention Public Service Campaign, a web based platform for mapping citizen science data, and volunteer databases and data collection tools.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to write, edit, and proofread text; create and post online content; design and manage printing of materials such as outreach brochures and flyers, advertisements, newsletters and annual reports; and will demonstrate a track record in media relations. 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.

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 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.