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We are an environmental educational organization on the Potomac River, we’re excited to connecting people from all walks of life to the natural world through education, stewardship and advocacy.
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We are 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.
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Environmental Educator (PART TIME) – For Onsite and Virtual Programming
FULL TIME or PART TIME: Part Time
REGULAR or TEMPORARY: Regular
REPORTS TO: Program Manager
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. Across our programs, we share the wonder and excitement of our farm campus and the woodlands, wetlands, and waterways of the Potomac River watershed with thousands of students, teachers, and community members each year.
Hybrid: Facilitate virtual and on site ‘field studies’ for elementary, middle school and high school students that promote stewardship of natural resources and provide NGSS based lessons and embrace the cultural heritage of the Potomac River watershed and in National and State Parks.
On Site: Work alongside the program team and oversee the children’s garden to ensure planting and cultivating is in sync with seasonal curriculum and program team needs. Work with the facilities team on the planning and execution.
III. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Hybrid: Teach students environmental education programs virtually and/or on site using a variety of online and technology tools. Teach students environmental education programs using the natural and agricultural surroundings, either at the Hard Bargain Farm or in national parks for both our programs. On site and virtual delivery TBD by local public school regulations and state guidelines.
- Hybrid: Execute and/or support teacher professional development training summer institutes.
- Hybrid: Teach, support and lead summer camp programs either in person or virtually.
- On site: Maintains inventory of equipment and supplies, keeping them organized and in good working order.
- On site: Maintain, plan and implement garden and garden programming through the seasons. Work with the facilities team to manage the garden to coincide with programming needs.
- Perform data entry of education program surveys.
- Help with education program administrative needs.
- On site: Maintains safety of visitors and animals.
- Identify and ensure alignment of educational programming to academic standards.
- Implement consistent, need-driven evaluation tools across educational programming.
- Track and manage student program evaluation data with cooperation and coordination from other AFF staff.
- Analyze and evaluate student program assessment data for reporting and marketing purposes.
- Develop, write, and pilot new or revised curricula for AFF educational endeavors.
- Collaborate with other AFF coordinators and partner organizations to strengthen educational programming.
- Develop and maintain professional relationships as it relates to programs.
- Follow AFF protocols and safety guidelines for COVID-19.
- Hybrid: Assist with in-person clean-up events as well as virtual workshops for the trash initiative program
- 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 special events: members’ events and other AFF-sponsored events as needed.
- Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and trainings.
- Assist supervisor, other teams/programs or Executive Director as needed.
IV. SCOPE OF WORK
Work is highly physical and active, conducted mainly outdoors in all types of weather. Must possess the ability to lift upwards of 50 lbs.
V. 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.
VI. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EDUCATION REQUIRED
- College degree or equivalent, and at least one full year of relevant work experience a requirement. A BA/BS in education, specifically environmental education is a plus. Spanish speaker also a plus.
- Ability to use a variety of online tools and platforms including Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, Google Drive, etc..
- Ability to create online visuals using a variety of tools including Padlet, Prezi, PPT, GoogleSlides, video.
- 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 50 lbs.
- Must be able to work out of doors in all types of weather.
- Will require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.
- Understand and teach ecological concepts.
- Exhibit knowledge of local flora and fauna.
- Impart to children and adults an appreciation of the natural environment and respect for all living things.
- Demonstrate skill in handling groups of children and adults by engaging and keeping their interest while effectively managing group logistics.
- Know and teach children and adult visitors the history of the Fergusons and Hard Bargain Farm.
- Operate the tractor safely while pulling the wagon with children and others aboard.
- Anticipate safety concerns.
- Take appropriate action in case of injury or illness.
- Demonstrate and enforce safe handling techniques of all animals and plants.
- Use all equipment safely and proficiently, including hay wagon and tractor.
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. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Pay: From $15.00 per hour
COVID CONSIDERATIONS: All staff are expected to be vaccinated.
HOW TO APPLY: Please send all inquiries to email@example.com