Alice Ferguson Foundation

Job Description  

JOB TITLE: Environmental Educator – for Virtual and On Site programming
REPORTS TO: Director 
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.  
Primary Role(s): 

  • 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:  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. 
  • Perform data entry of education program surveys.
  • Help with education program administrative needs.
  • On site:  Maintains safety of visitors and animals.  
  • Follow AFF protocols and safety guidelines for COVID-19.

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 special events:  members’ events and other AFF-sponsored events as needed.
  • Participate in staff development, including staff meetings and training.
  • Assist supervisor, other teams/programs or Executive Director as needed.
Work is highly physical and active, conducted mainly outdoors in all types of weather.  Must possess the ability to lift upwards of 50 lbs.
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.
  • 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 speakers are 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.