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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 or employment at KNC, please email Jobs@NatureCenter.org. 

 

Current Employment Opportunities
Marketing & Communications Assistant (Part Time)

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Supervisor:Director of Marketing & Communications
Classification: Regular, Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Compensation: $12.00 -$14.00 per hour
Schedule: 28 hours per week –Hybrid remote & on-site

Certain places have a magic that draws people to them. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is one of those places. Recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is located on 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside and includes over 14 miles of hiking trails winding through some of the most special habitats in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create relationships and experiences that welcome and inspire people to discover, enjoy, value, and care for nature.

Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to therecruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Position Summary:The Marketing & Communications Assistant primary responsibilities include administration of electronic media& marketingcalendars, creation and posting of electronic media content, assuring interdepartmental compliance with electronic media assignments, project coordination and completion.

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

Facilities Technician (Part Time)

Facilities Technician

Supervisor: VP for Facilities and Project Management
Category: Regular, Part-Time, Non-Exempt (potential for full-time)
Schedule: Friday; 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday; 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Sunday; 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Compensation: $12.00-14.00 Per Hour (depends on relevant experience)

The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create relationships and experiences that welcome and inspire people to discover, enjoy, value, and care for nature. Recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is located on 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside and includes over 14 miles of hiking trails winding through some of the most magnificent habitats in Michigan.

Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

The Weekend Facilities Technician is responsible for opening and closing the Nature Center facilities, cleaning/sanitizing the Visitor Center, Camp buildings, and grounds maintenance as needed, as well as, setting up rooms for weekend programs. There is emphasis on cleaning and sanitizing as this will be the main duty of the position. The person in this position will work closely with the KNC weekend staff that includes the Education/Public Programs, Guest Services, and Welcome Station Hosts. This is a parttime position, Friday through Sunday, and 24 hours per week. This position will support the KNC programs by carrying out the duties listed below.

Duties:

  • Open and close Nature Center grounds and facilities.
  • Provide clean, sanitized, and comfortable KNC facilities and grounds for visitors and staff.
  • Set up for events and programs and coordinate event needs with FM Team.
  • Assist other KNC weekend staff as requested and remain on call at all times while at work.
  • Maintain grounds using commercial lawnmower, push mower, weed trimmers and other landscape equipment.
  • Assist volunteers on projects as needed.
  • Clear snow and debris from walkways, facility entrance areas, and parking lots using snow shovels, snow blowers, and plow trucks.
  • Serve as the on-site staff person for facility rentals, which at times can mean late hours.
  • Troubleshoot problems as needed and contact other FM staff in emergencies, if needed.
  • Maintain appropriate security.
  • Assist with other duties related to the KNC mission.

Availability Requirements

  • Friday; 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday; 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday; 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Requirements:

  • Prior experience with similar duties helpful.
  • Detail orientated and excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people.
  • Displays a pleasant customer service attitude.
  • Displays high energy and able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Personal commitment to the mission of KNC.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule with some holidays and evenings.
  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to be insured under KNC’s automobile policy.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is an equal opportunity organization that will not discriminate in its programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.

To Apply: email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@naturecenter.org.

Learning and Engagement Administrative Assistant (Full Time)

Learning and Engagement Administrative Assistant

Supervisor: VP of Learning and Engagement
Classification: Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt
Compensation: $12.00 -$14.00perhour

Certain places have a magic that draws people to them. The Kalamazoo Nature Center is one of those places. Recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is located on 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside and includes over 14 miles of hiking trails winding through some of the most special habitats in Michigan. The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create relationships and experiences that welcome and inspire people to discover, enjoy, value, and care for nature.

Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Position Summary:KNC’s Learning and Engagement (L&E) department provides nature-focused experiences for our community via outdoor programming and events, curriculum focused school programs,educational community supported agriculture, nature-based preschool, high school conservation programs, summer camp, and exhibits. The Learning and Engagement department is responsible for our main interface between the public and KNC. The Administrative Assistant will support the L&E administrative needs including,scheduling, data management, communication support,and reporting. The person in this position will play a crucial role in the delivery oforganized, relevant, meaningful programs for our community that connect people with nature.

Duties:

  • Provide clerical support for KNC’s L&Eactivities by managing recordsand information including but not limited to: program sales, program costs, project implementation, tracking, schedules and logistics, client communications, budget expenditures, marketing efforts, invoicing and payments, and final reports.
  • Populate and manage a new database for L&E’sprogram records (with supportand guidance from other KNC staff and technical advisors).
  • Provide excellent customer care and strengthen client and team relationships.
  • Coordinate information sharing between the L&E department andother departments, particularly Finance and Development.
  • Represent KNC at community outreach events and activities.
  • Assist the L&E VP and Directors with other administrative tasks, as needed.
  • Participate in meetings, committees, events, or other tasks relevant to the KNC mission as determined by supervisor.
  • Collect evaluations for all attended programs and events
  • Upkeep, inventory, care, and maintenance of L&E equipment and facilities used for programming
  • Participate in regular KNC staff activities including but not limited to trainings, public events, special programs, planning sessions and staff meetings
  • Maintain effective community relationships and positive representation of organization with the community
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications& Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in an administrative support role.
  • Expertise with MS Office products, particularly MS Excel.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Previous database management experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience in developing and implementing successful record keeping systems.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to provide quality customer service.
  • Commitment to privacy and care when working with personal client information.
  • Ability to work independently and to be a considerate and dependable team player.
  • Commitment to advancing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.
  • Commitment to the KNC mission.
  • Experience with Blackbaud software (Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge)preferred
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check.
  • Valid driver’s license andthe ability to be insured under KNC’s automobile insurance policy.

Key Skills:

  • High integrity
  • Independent thinker with strong initiative, but comfortable working within a defined framework
  • Self-motivated (takes initiative) with high standards
  • Hands-on and variety seeking
  • Dynamic and fun, yet responsible and professional
  • Flexible with a "whatever it takes" attitude
  • Confidence with public speaking and group facilitation
  • Confidence in working individually as well as within a team
  • Competent oral and written communications

Physical Activities:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times
  • Must be able to tolerate walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to tolerate working outdoors in all environmental temperatures and weather

How to Apply: Please apply bySeptember 13th via email to jobs@naturecenter.org with the following:

1.Cover Letter
2.Resume
3.Contact information for three (3) professional references

We will begin reviewing applications on September 13th and reach out to you shortly thereafter. Please reserve September 22nd as a potential interview date. This position will remain open until filled by the ideal candidate.

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is an equal opportunity organization that will not discriminate in its programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity, marital status, or political affiliation.

Shop Manager/Mechanic (Full Time)

Title:Shop Manager/Mechanic
Classification:Regular, Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Compensation:$15.50 -$18.00 per hour

The Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create relationships and experiences that welcome and inspire people to discover, enjoy, value, and care for nature. Recognized by its peers as one of the top nature centers in the country, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is located on 1,100 acres of wooded, rolling countryside and includes over 14 miles of hiking trails winding through some of the most magnificent habitats in Michigan. Because we value the strength diversity brings to the workplace, the Kalamazoo Nature Center is committed to the recruitment, retention, and development of a workforce that reflects the society in which we live. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply

Summary of Position: The Shop Manager/Mechanicis responsible for repairing,maintaining,and inventorying allKNC owned vehicles, equipment,and tools.In addition, it will be the Shop Manager/Mechanic’s responsibility to keep KNC shop spaces cleaned, organized, and safe. Safety for all is the highest priority.

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

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