Careers at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

The Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is a 1,700-acre Regional Park in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The Sanctuary is operated by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks and is part of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland. Thousands of visitors, school children, university students, and volunteers, along with many government resource agencies and conservation organizations, visit the Sanctuary every year to learn about and study the natural world and to participate in citizen science projects. 

Our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine and other natural ecosystems and their conservation through outdoor education, research, stewardship, and volunteering.

Education Coordinator (Part-Time)

LOCATION:  Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian MD 20711

OPEN PERIOD: September 3  – October 4, 2021 OR Until Filled

BASE SALARY: $21.25 / hr (non-negotiable)

POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent Part-Time (1500 hours/yr)

WORK SCHEDULE: 3 week days AND one weekend day

Main Duties

  • Designs, schedules, and teaches Sanctuary’s Classroom in the Field educational programs on forests, vernal pools, creeks, wetlands, and overall natural history for school age children, educators, resource management professionals and special audiences.
  • Expands outdoor education programming to other county parks as possible and available.
    Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates Volunteer Naturalists who help lead Sanctuary education programs.
  • Leads development and delivery of four to six weeks of summer camp programs ranging from preschool to high school aged children.
  • Leads all administrative and outreach tasks pertaining to delivering the Classrooms in the Field & summer camp programming including monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Develops curriculum for new educational programs as needed.
  • Convenes the JBWS Educational Advisory Committee twice annually (or as needed) for advice, guidance, and feedback on Sanctuary educational efforts.
  • Assist with Sanctuary public programs and special events.
  • Other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of principles of biology and ecology and other life sciences for conducting naturalist activities.
  • Skill in developing and teaching outdoor educational programs for various age groups.
    Ability to plan, organize, develop, and lead naturalist programs.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
    Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritise work.
  • Ability to motivate and train volunteers.
  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting.
  • Experience in the management of website content and other social media outlets is a plus.
  • Experience with delivering summer camp programs strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Maryland flora and fauna preferred.
  • Willing to work under strenuous weather conditions (heat).
  • Canoe and kayak experience is a plus.
  • A demonstrated passion and commitment for the natural world is a must!

Qualifications

  • B.S./B.A. in Environmental education, Environmental Science, Recreation, or four years of experience in a related field.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft office suite, Google suite products, and other computer skills.
  • Two years of experience working with children of all ages.
  • Must pass both drug and background screenings.
  • Must have a valid state driver’s license.

APPLICATION

Please send a cover letter and resume along with the names and contact information for three professional references to: Patricia Delgado (Park Superintendent) at: rpdelg88@aacounty.org

NOTE

The selection process includes a background verification to include a criminal history check. Possession of a valid Class C driver's license issued by the state is required. This is a safety sensitive position and employees in this position are subject to random Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) testing.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Summer Internships

The Friends of Jug Bay, the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary support the Jug Bay Summer Internship Program. This program provides a hands-on opportunity for four undergraduate and graduate students to learn the tools of doing experiential research, no matter the subject or how simple the question.

With the guidance of a mentor, interns immerse themselves in research and education issues at Jug Bay for 12 weeks (June-August). During this time, interns learn how to design an experiment or project, apply sampling protocols, collect and analyze field data, write a report, and present their findings, as well as to promote our education goals through the development of new curriculum, film vignettes, and other education products.

Application period for 2022 starts November 2021!