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.





Director of Institutional Development


Direct all aspects of institutional development to achieve the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s expanding programmatic goals as well as to kick off phase two of the Foundation’s capital campaign. Collaborate closely with program staff and consultants to support all aspects of a diverse fundraising operation to generate revenue for operating and capital budgets.


  • Strategically refine, update and manage the Foundation’s development plan; assist with annual organizational budgeting process and revenue goal tracking
  • Develop and lead general fundraising strategy, including research, outreach, cultivation, and solicitation among individual, corporate, and foundation donors
  • Lead collaboration between Program and Development teams for researching, identifying, developing, writing, submitting and managing grants
  • Lead team efforts to identify, develop, and maintain a targeted funder list and grants calendar to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to revenue generation
  • Work with finance and program team to develop and track grant spending plans
  • Lead final phase of capital campaign strategy, including strong coordination with general appeal efforts
  • Develop and lead general donor stewardship strategy to increase donor engagement
  • Supervise prospect tracking and trend analysis using donor management system (Kindful)
  • Support board members and other volunteer fundraisers in all aspects of donor prospecting, outreach, cultivation and solicitation
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of AFF programs and capital needs in order to effectively communicate with donors
  • Supervise and manage event strategies; assist in implementation
  • Lead development team including staff, interns, and consultants
  • Ensure compliance with all fiscal responsibilities and reporting requirements
  • Participate in and lead staff professional development including training and conferences
  • Create, manage and report on development department budget and annual work plan

Review the full Job Description here.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience: Development and Fundraising: 5 years (Preferred)

Education: Bachelor’s (Required)

Job Location: Accokeek, MD

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to: [email protected].


Communications Intern

Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks a highly-motivated individuals who possess excellent communication skills, strong analytical abilities, computer knowledge, and is able to work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision.


  • Implement social media plan by developing content and coordinating social media postings (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)
  • Track media placements in print, television, radio, and web outlets. Assist with media cultivation and story placements.
  • Help maintain editorial calendar and support monthly newsletter.
  • Support development of print and online collateral.
  • Use content management system to create and update website content, track analytics.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and staff to execute communications & marketing objectives.
  • Support event planning and outreach.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications;
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office, with strong web, social media, and computer skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects, work under deadline, and be flexible when necessary;
  • Quick learner with the ability to take initiative;
  • Familiarity with Adobe programs (especially Photoshop or InDesign), WordPress CMS, and/or Google Analytics a plus;
  • Photography, graphic design and/or video editing experience a plus.

Minimum Requirements: Degree in communications, public policy, political science or applicable area preferred but not required; any combination of education and experience that enables the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Please submit writing sample, cover letter, and resume to [email protected]

Term: May – August 2018. Start and end dates are flexible.

Schedule: 24 hours/week.



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!

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.