FENNER NATURE CENTER
The Fenner Conservancy, a 501(c)3 organization, seeks a full-time Program
Manager to develop and execute its conservation education programs and
manage the day-to-day operations of the Fenner Nature Center Visitor Center.
The right candidate will have a solid understanding of ecology and
environmental topics, will understand and communicate well with youth and
adults, and will be able to develop and promote relevant and interesting
programming. The successful candidate will also have excellent computer,
office, and organizational skills, and be able to work in close partnership
with the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be able to direct
and schedule part-time staff naturalists in their duties.
§ Oversight, management, and leadership of the Conservation Education
Program, including programs for school groups, the general public, scout
groups, and summer programming
§ Teaching and administrative duties related to management of the program
§ Financial and grant administration tasks as requested by supervisor
§ Regular reports/monitoring required to assess the success and
effectiveness of the program and associated projects, as well as reports
required for accountability to partners and granting agencies as requested
§ Designs brochures, printed materials, press releases, etc. for programs
§ Serve as the contact person for the Fenner Conservancy in partnerships and
connections that will enhance the success, educational objectives, and
visibility of the program
§ Ensure an at-risk and underserved youth component in programming and
§ Administer the day-to-day operations of the visitor center. This includes
opening and closing the building, ensuring staff coverage for programming,
oversight of live animal care, and more.
§ Other duties may be assigned as needed by the organization.
§ High school diploma or GED.
§ At least two (2) years of college-level course work in biology, natural
history, earth science, elementary education, or related fields required;
degree in related field is preferred.
§ Knowledge of general ecology.
§ Knowledge of formal and informal teaching and interpretation methods.
§ Knowledge of general office procedures and policies.
§ Skill in the use of a personal computer with word processing,
spreadsheets, and other software packages.
§ Skill in the use of various pieces of office equipment.
§ Skill in scheduling and managing public programs and associated staff
and/or volunteer coverage.
§ Ability to develop promotional materials and interpretive displays.
§ Ability to develop interpretive programming and link to educational
§ Ability to serve as a liaison with the City of Lansing on behalf of the
Executive Director for administrative matters.
§ Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
§ Ability to teach the public about environmental topics.
§ Ability to manage projects independently and with flexibility, and still
meet tight deadlines.
Salary: $21,000 - $25,000 DOE, 40+ hours per week; no funding is available
for benefits at this time
Application Deadline: April 21, 2011 (position may fill sooner with
qualified candidate – apply early!)
Start Date: May 16, 2011 (some flexibility)
To apply, please submit cover letter along with résumé, college transcripts,
and a list of three professional references and their contact information
Attn: Jason Meyer, Executive Director
2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
Email: [log in to unmask] (email submissions are preferred, but not