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.

The following are current opportunities at KNC.  Questions? Contact Kevin Wordelman, Director of People and Culture, at kwordelman@naturecenter.org or (269) 381-1574 ext. 25.

Open Positions
KNC Camp Staff 2018

We are hiring camp staff for the 2018 season! 

The KNC 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. 

Position descriptions:  Adventure Camp Coordinator  |  Arts Educator  |  Day Camp Coordinator  |  Inclusive Camp Educator  |  Junior Educator  |  Senior Educator


Qualified candidates will be able to: supervise children 40 hours a week with some overnight duties possible; negotiate hilly terrain, rustic trails, and walk several miles per day; possess the stamina to carry out camp programs in hot and humid Michigan climate over an extended period of time; and possess visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activity. 

In addition, camp staff must: have a commitment to uphold a strong work and environmental ethic while respecting the diversity of culture and beliefs in our campers and fellow staff; possess the ability to communicate and work with groups of all ages and skill levels in order to provide necessary instruction to campers; be able to observe camper behavior, evaluate its appropriateness, and enforce and implement appropriate behavior management techniques. 


KNC camp staff will model positive counselor behavior on a consistent basis; be versed in and demonstrate KNC’s customer service standards at all times; serve as counselor in camp group of 10 campers, and working with another counselor, share in the responsibility of all camp assignments; communicate consistently with supervisors about group life and camper situations; provide encouragement and accountability for fellow staff in camp; manage camp group in accordance with KNC policies and procedures; provide leadership and initiative in teaching and assisting activities; function as a friend and surrogate parent for assigned campers in camp group using a democratic leadership style; monitor camper’s health and condition; show examples of environmental ethics through example and throughout the presentation of activities; accompany campers at all times; communicate with campers, parents, supervisors, and fellow staff in a professional manner; perform other duties as assigned or reassigned.  

The Kalamazoo Nature Center's mission is to inspire people to care for the environment by providing experiences that lead them to understand their connection to the natural world.

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.

Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp Staff. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.

President & CEO

The President & CEO leads the staff of Kalamazoo Nature Center and is the most high-profile public representative of the organization. S/he has the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the strategic directives of the Board are effectively completed. The President & CEO is charged with guiding the overall success of the organization at all levels. Key responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure that the mission and core values of the KNC are put into practice.
  • Guide the development and implementation of the overall organizational strategy and direction.
  • Provide vision and strategic leadership in crafting organizational goals and outcome metrics.
  • Ensure a sound financial foundation through hands-on fundraising and effective budgeting practices.
  • Foster a high-energy, goal-driven, team-oriented, accountable organization.
  • Inspire, mentor, manage and evaluate staff.
  • Cultivate influential relationships with community leaders, major donors, foundations and governmental agencies.
  • Represent and promote the work of the KNC as the chief spokesperson for the organization.

For more information on this position, please view the Position Guide here.


Gate House Host

Summary of Position: The Gate House Host is responsible for providing the highest customer service as our first point of contact with the public through collecting admissions, greeting visitors, promoting 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.

Guest Services Host

Summary of Position: Provide the highest quality customer service as key team member for Development. Sell new memberships, assist with the Expedition Gift Shop, enter data, and promote the KNC mission. This is an hourly, part-time work position with weekend hours expected.

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

Facilities Management Staff

Summary of Position: The Facilities Management Department is responsible for the upkeep, repair, and overall cleanliness of all KNC properties, grounds and vehicles. This department also serves as a support structure for events, programs and special projects. The Facilities Management Staff person is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day operations at the KNC main campus. This could include: opening and closing the Nature Center facilities, cleaning and maintaining the Visitor Center, Camp buildings and Service Center, assisting with upkeep of all grounds and interpretive sites, and assisting with room set-up and take-down for events and programs. This person 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 flexible weekday schedule including some evenings and occasional weekend, “All Staff Required” events. 

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

Farmyard Educator

Overview: The Farmyard Educator will work directly with the Farm Director to care for and educate about the farm and its animals. Responsibilities vary greatly and require great flexibility. Farmyard Educators will be taking admissions, caring for live farm animals as well as educating and interacting with the public in various ways. The position will also require the ability to create and implement public programming.

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

Farm Field Attendant

Overview: The Farm Field Attendant works with the Farm Director to implement and maintain the farm field plans. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agricultural aspects of DeLano Farms. They will also be responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with field crew volunteers/interns and general public, and will have the ability to direct field crew volunteers and interns. The Farm Field Attendant will oversee the care of the homestead garden, the learning garden and the U-pick area of the farm as well as maintaining equipment for the care of the areas. 

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

Great Lakes Ecological Management Crew

Summary of Position: The Stewardship Field Crew is responsible for carrying out restoration work. Field work will include such things as: 1) woody and herbaceous plant control using hand tools, mechanical equipment (chainsaws and brush cutters) and herbicides; 2) using prescribed fire; 3) Seed collection and native plant installations; 4) building trails, etc. Pay rate: $10.50 - $11.50/hr based on experience.

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