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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
Ecological Services Administrator

Summary of Position
KNC’s Conservation Stewardship Department provides research and technical services on KNC’s property and beyond. Our Ecological Services program assists private and public landowners with a variety of services including: invasive species management, natural shoreline installations, wetland mitigation, native plantings, bio-control strategies, restoration and habitat improvement, prescribed fire, ecological inventories and surveys, and wildlife habitat certifications. The Ecological Services Administrator’s role will be to provide office support and coordination for the field teams in an effort to enhance customer care, streamline operations, improve recordkeeping, and increase operational efficiency.

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

Learning and Engagement Team Administrator

KNC’s Learning and Engagement department provides nature-focused experiences for our community via outdoor experiential programming, curriculum focused school programs, public programs and events, and educational CSA and historical farmstead, a nature based preschool, a high school conservation program, a summer camp, and our exhibits. The Learning and Engagement department is responsible for our main interface between the public, our community and KNC. Our Goal is to offer and deliver organized, relevant, meaningful programs for our community that connects people with nature.

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

Group Programs Director

The Group Programs Director will be responsible for the guidance of our curriculum and educator team in providing high-quality engaging experiences to schools and community groups. This person will lead the curriculum development, training, implementation, and facilitation of Learning and Engagement group programs aligned with the KNC mission. Our programs seek to fulfill our mission in a broad variety of approaches to meet the unique ways people find connection. This person will be instrumental in the development of an equitable and positive approach toward programming inclusive of our whole community. This position has a high level of responsibility toward defining and modeling who we are as an institution and will work alongside the VP of Learning and Engagement to strive toward excellence. 

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

Facilities Technician

The Facilities Technician is responsible for opening and closing KNC facilities, cleaning/maintaining all facilities and grounds as needed, as well as, setting up rooms for programs. The person in this position will work closely with the KNC team which includes the Education and Conservation Stewardship staff and Front Desk/Gatehouse Hosts. This is a full-time position with a weekday schedule including some evenings and weekends. 

For details and applicatoin instructions, view the entire job description here.

Internship Opportunities
Communications/Special Events Internship

The Communications intern will assist with a wide range of projects within the planning and promotion of KNC's upcoming 60th Anniversary. Qualified candidates should have experience in marketing and event planning, and commit to a one-year position consisting of ten+ hours per week. The internship is an unpaid volunteer position. Please send a current resume to Lisa Panich at  lpanich@naturecenter.org if you are interested or for more information.

Farm Intern

The DeLano Farm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center aims to provide an educational, interactive example of ecologically sound, regenerative agriculture on a historic Michigan farm dating to the 1850’s. We maintain a small CSA that focuses on experiential learning as well as quality produce. We keep traditional agricultural livestock to illustrate the interconnection between nutrient-dense plants and healthy animals.  We provide educational programming that explores different facets of agriculture and how we are all connected to our environment through the food we consume. Our farm is our “classroom” along with a few smaller garden plots that focus on historically appropriate varieties or varieties and design that appeal to children.

Farm interns will assist the farm director with a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: Customer service and education on CSA days, animal care and feeding, transplanting, seeding, watering, weeding, mulching and harvesting vegetables, flowers and herbs. Farm internships are educational positions, designed to provide a broad exposure to both the rationale and methods behind small scale regenerative agriculture.

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