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.


AFF Educator (Western Region)

FULL TIME or PART TIME: Part Time

REGULAR or TEMPORARY: Regular

Reports to: Program Manager 

Level: Associate

Pay: Starting at $15.00 per hour

The AFF Educator leads and teaches environmental education field studies to students, grades 6-12, in Western Maryland, and West Virginia areas. The Instructor will conduct on-site environmental watershed education programs for the Bridging the Watershed program (grades 6-12). Work primarily occurs in the following National and State parks: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park in Harpers Ferry, WV, Monocacy National Battlefield Park in Frederick, MD, Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD, Antietam Battlefield Park in Sharpsburg, MD and Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, MD.

 

PRIMARY ROLE(s):

Teaching standard-aligned, curriculum-based, outdoor field studies to students grades 6-12 at regional national parks and/or participating schools in western Maryland counties, West Virginia (far eastern panhandle), or far northern Virginia (Loudon Co.).

 

Secondary Role(s):

  • Prepare employer-supplied equipment and materials necessary for teaching.
  • Communicate with staff, teachers, or rangers in preparing field studies.
  • Work remotely with Bridging the Watershed Coordinator as needed to accomplish program logistics.
  • Record and collect programming data as needed.
  • Assist with teacher workshops and other educational opportunities as needed.
  • Very occasionally travel to DC metro area for business.

 

AFF Activities:

  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings as needed.
  • Assist supervisor, Program Director, and/or Executive Director as needed.

 

AFF Functions:

Professional Standards of Conduct:

  • Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
  • Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring and problem-solving.
  • Dress appropriately
  • Use time wisely and meet deadlines.
  • Treat staff members, students, teachers, partners and visitors with courtesy and respect. 
  • Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
  • Maintain AFF facilities and educational equipment, including inventories and equipment stored offsite in parks or elsewhere.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including field study reports, data collection, newsletter articles, website and other documents. Assist in documenting AFF activities via digital images and video.
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
  • Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.

 

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Experience working and/or teaching children
  • First Aid/CPR certified (or contingent upon employment)
  • Ability to pass criminal background and fingerprinting due to working with children

 

Knowledge and Education Required:

Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (preferred) (Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Science Education, Elem./Sec. Education, Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related fields) OR equivalent level of work experience in related field.

 

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

This announcement is ongoing.


Environmental Educator

FULL TIME or PART TIME: Part Time

REGULAR or TEMPORARY: Regular

Reports to: Program Manager 

Level: Associate

Pay: Starting at $15.00 per hour

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Facilitate outdoor educational ‘field studies’ for elementary, middle school and high school students that promote stewardship of natural resources, teach the legacy of agriculture, embrace the cultural heritage of the Potomac River watershed and in National and State Parks.

 

Primary Role(s):

  • Lead students in the study of hands-on, environmental concepts in outdoor settings, using the natural and agricultural surroundings, either at the Hard Bargain Farm or in National Parks in the DC Region. 
  • Maintain positive communication with staff, teachers, community members and students at all times. 
  • Prepare equipment and supplies necessary for teaching, keeping them organized and in good working order.
  • Use all equipment safely and proficiently, including operation of the tractor while pulling wagon with students and others aboard.
  • Maintains safety of visitors and animals.
  • Record and collect programming data as needed.

 

Secondary Role(s):

  • Represent AFF at meetings, networking and outreach
  • Assist with animal care, haying, and other farm maintenance chores.
  • Help with facilities needs as requested.
  • Participate in AFF-sponsored events as needed.
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assist supervisor and other teams/programs as needed.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

Work is highly physical and active, conducted mainly outdoors in all types of weather.  Requires the ability to speak, hear, see and exhibit physical ability to hike on uneven terrain for up to three hours, and lift objects up to 15 lbs. 

 

AFF FUNCTIONS

Professional Standards of Conduct:

  • Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
  • Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring and problem-solving.
  • Dress appropriately, use time wisely and meet deadlines.
  • Treat staff members, students, teachers, partners and visitors with courtesy and respect. 
  • Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
  • Maintain AFF facilities and educational equipment, including inventories and equipment stored offsite in parks or elsewhere.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including field study reports, data collection, newsletter articles, website and other documents. Assist in documenting AFF activities via digital images and video.
  • Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
  • Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • High School diploma or equivalent, and at least one full year of relevant work experience a requirement. 
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and experience working with youth is preferred.
  • Must be able to work out of doors in all types of weather. 
  • Will require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
  • Demonstrate skill in handling groups of children and adults by engaging and keeping their interest while effectively managing group logistics.  
  • Ability to take appropriate action in case of injury or illness.

 

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

Equal Opportunity Employer / Minorities / Female / Disabled / Veteran

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.