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Great Lakes Ecological Management working in fenWork at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.  Each member of our team should be committed to this mission and should demonstrate a high level of professionalism. Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, KNC is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We encourage applications from candidates representing diverse backgrounds.

For questions related to a job posting, please see the contact information listed at the bottom of each position.

 

Current Employment Opportunities
Nature's Way Preschool Teacher (Full Time, Temporary)

Nature’s Way Preschool offers experiences found in child-centered programs such as discovery based learning through play, sensory exploration, large and fine motor activity, creative expression, and developing social skills. Our 30 acres of natural areas serve as an extension of the classroom, allowing children to experience daily nature hikes and nature play through the woods and along a creek. The naturalized playgrounds allow for digging, climbing, playing in the mud, and experiencing valuable risky play opportunities. Students spend most of the school session outside.

Nature’s Way Preschool is licensed by the State of Michigan. Adjustments in class size have been made for safety of families, children, and our teachers during COVID-19. Each classroom at Nature’s Way Preschool has two teachers. The Preschool Teacher position is a Full time position co-leading a Pre-K classroom Monday-Friday. Staff hours are 8:00-4:30 from February through June. Preschool teacher responsibilities include preparing and leading classroom activities and lessons and maintaining a developmentally appropriate classroom. This is practiced within the philosophical guidelines of Nature’s Way Preschool in order to develop students’ relationship with the natural world. The preschool teacher will report to the Early Childhood Director and work collaboratively will all other KNC staff

For more information and application instructions, view the entire job description here.

KNC Learning Hub Support Staff (Full Time Temporary)

The Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp aims to provide safe experiences that allow all children to grow into active and respectful community members through exploration of the natural world. KNC will provide full day in person mentorship, learning support, and outdoor activities for students participating in virtual classrooms through our Learning Hub (LH). Support Staff will be the program support by being in the room supporting the lead educator. Support Staff will also serve as the assistant educator in each room. They will support students with meal times, virtual learning, and outdoor activities as needed. We are seeking individuals who are responsible, flexible and able to adapt well to changes. Also, able to implement and follow safety procedures as they relate to COVID-19 or any others. Support Staff will be supervised by and report to the KNC Camp Director.

For more information and application instructions, view the entire job description here.

Facilities Technician (Full Time)

The Facilities Technician is responsible for opening and closing KNC facilities, cleaning/maintaining all facilities and grounds as needed, as well as, setting up for programs/events. The person in this position will work closely with the KNC team, both staff and volunteers. The Team includes Learning and Engagement, Conservation Stewardship staff, and Front Desk/Welcome Station Hosts. This is a full-time position with a weekday schedule including some evenings and weekends. This position will support KNC programs by carrying out the duties listed below.

For more information and application instructions, view the entire job description here.

Stewardship Crew Coordinator (Full Time, limited term)

This position will work in KNC’s Conservation Stewardship Department. This position is primarily field-based and will assist in coordination of ecological restoration and stewardshiprelated activities on Kalamazoo Nature Center lands, as well as on other partner and client lands. This person will be responsible for helping to lead seasonal field staff, and occasionally interns and volunteers. This person will work under the guidance of a project manager for most projects, but should feel confident working alone and unsupervised in the field. 

For more information and complete application instructions, view the entire job description here.

Welcome Station Hosts (Part time, seasonal)

The Welcome Station Host is responsible for providing the highest customer service as our first point of contact with the public through collecting admissions, greeting visitors, promoting & selling memberships and answering questions with a commitment to the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s customer care standards: safety, courtesy, cleanliness and accuracy. 

For more information and application instructions, view the entire job description here.

Young Farmers Camp Coordinator

The Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp program aims to provide safe experiences that allow all children to grow into active and respectful community members through exploration of the natural world. The Young Farmers Camp Coordinator will lead our NEW Young Farmers Camp program. This positions main responsibilities will involve tasks related to assisting the Director in camp operations, licensing rules implementation, supervision and support of staff. The Young Farmers Camp Coordinator must be responsible, have attention to detail, compassionate, and have the skills, initiative, and work ethic to work independently. We will work as a team to manage COVID-19 safety and care for campers and staff. They young Farmers Camp Coordinator will be supervised by and report to the Camp Director.

For more information and application instructions, view the entire job description here.

2021 Summer Camp Positions

The Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp program aims to provide safe experiences that allow all children to grow into active and respectful community members through exploration of the natural world.

The following positions are open for the 2021 Camp year, beginning in June.

Art Educator

Support Staff

Camp Counselor

Day Camp Coordinator

Health Officer

Nature Educator

Adventure Educator

Internship Opportunities