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Apr 13, 2021

Weekend Naturalist


Location: Irvine Nature Center - 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Organization: Irvine Nature Center

Weekend Naturalist
Irvine Nature Center

Irvine’s Weekend Naturalist is a newly created part-time position within the Environmental Education department. We are seeking an environmental educator specifically to run public programs throughout the day (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) on Saturdays and Sundays. During the summer, when most of our other naturalists are involved in running Nature Camp, there will be additional hours available to run some weekday programs, as well. Primary responsibilities will include planning, developing, and leading a wide variety of educational programs that are centered around natural history of the Maryland Piedmont. The Weekend Naturalist will also lead guided family hikes, run themed Nature Birthday Parties, and give presentations about our Animal Ambassadors to both children and adults. Almost all programs will be run outdoors on our 211-acre campus of woods, meadows, and wetlands in Owings Mills. This part-time position of approximately 16-20 hours per week will report to the Director of Education.

Areas of Responsibility:
Public Programs:
• Teach existing lessons and lead activities about animals, plants, ecology, and conservation
• Lead children in a variety of nature crafts and outdoor explorations
• Design new creative lesson plans and hands-on activities for various age groups
• Guide small-group hikes to explore Irvine’s wetlands and Native American site
• Become trained in the handling of our collection of animals in order to share them with the public
• Assist, as needed, with new series of workshops centered on ‘Health & Wellness through Nature’

Other Responsibilities:
• Lead children’s birthday parties, which includes giving animal presentations and supervising crafts
• Serve as a ‘Roving Ranger,’ willing and able to answer nature-related questions from the public
• Run occasional weekday ‘Summer Outreach’ programs for public libraries, camps, preschools, etc.

• Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or equivalent
• Strong knowledge of natural history; genuine interest in outdoor education
• Minimum of two years of environmental education/teaching experience
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
• Availability on Saturdays and Sundays a must; summer weekday flexibility helpful

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