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.

 

 

 

 

 


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].

This announcement is ongoing.