Employment Opportunities

Camps and Adventure Program Coordinator
Grants Manager
Welcome Desk Associate
B'Earthday Party Educator
Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp Instructor

Environmental Educator I - Camps and Adventure Program Coordinator
Department: Education
Reports to: Director of Education
Job Type: Salaried Employee, Exempt
Job Status: Full-time

General Description: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (NCSL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1966 and located in the historic Shaker Parklands of Cleveland’s eastern inner-ring suburbs, seeks a creative and committed Environmental Educator to work with the Education Director and staff to carry out its educational program goals.

Overall Responsibilities: The Camps and Adventure Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of spring break camp and summer camp, scouts, developing and growing NCSL’s archery and team building programs, and providing education programs for other key audiences. The successful candidate will work with fellow environmental educators presenting NCSL-designed curricula and hands-on outdoor experiences to area school children attending field experiences (pre-K-12th grade), outdoor adventure camps and classes for children, nature-themed programs including nature walks and informal lectures for families and adults, and other community programming as needed and scheduled.

Primary Duties:

  1. Prepare and present high-quality, place-based NCSL environmental education programs to key audiences, including area school children, preschool children, campers, adults and families.
  2. All duties associated with preparing for and running NCSL’s spring break and summer day camps, including hiring and training summer naturalists and assisting the Volunteer Coordinator with interviewing and training summer camp youth volunteer assistants.
  3. All duties associated with preparing for, scheduling and running NCSL’s scout programs.
  4. Oversee and ensure accurate record keeping in NCSL’s online registration database and serve as back-up registrar for camps as needed.
  5. Research, develop and grow NCSL’s archery programs and develop team building programs as a source of new revenues.
  6. Collaborate with other Environmental Educators to develop Adult and Family programming opportunities.
  7. Participate in development and delivery of environmental education programming for additional CMSD schools, with a focus on pre-K-5th grade levels.
  8. Stay current and work collaboratively with all NCSL staff to ensure excellence and maintain continuous improvement of NCSL curricula and programs.
  9. Work effectively with teachers and other clients, volunteers and the public in the presentation of NCSL programs and events.
  10. Coordinate with Development and Marketing staff on grant proposals and marketing opportunities as needed.
  11. Maintain good humor and apply professional, common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.
  12. Assist with Board and Staff meetings, fundraising events, and family and adult programs as required.
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a camp setting a must
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience with children (pre-K-12th grade)
  • Minimum 1 year program coordination or program management experience
  • 4-year college degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies or related science/natural resource/education field
  • Ability to manage children in the outdoors; must possess visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to outdoor activities
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate activities and ability to design age-appropriate environmental education curricula and activities for a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective public speaking skills; ability to communicate in an outdoor urban setting.
  • Love of the outdoors; knowledge of natural history/ecology, local flora and fauna
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with a wide variety of audiences; ability to interact with the public, parents/guardians, teachers and staff with tact, courtesy, and diplomacy
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, adapt to change, work independently, and to prioritize effectively
  • Excellent computer skills; must be familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • Willingness to work as a team and with other staff and volunteers
  • CPR/1st Aid Certification required (can be arranged)
  • Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Training and/or Leave No Trace Training preferred
  • Prior experience conducting teacher workshops a plus
  • Prior experience with Sustainability and/or Family programming a plus
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and overnights as needed
  • Ability to hike 3-5 miles with a 10 pound backpack
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record are required
  • Enthusiasm, poise, flexibility, dependability, good sense of humor, and positive attitude
  • Commitment to NCSL mission, principles and values
    Compensation: Commensurate with experience, qualifications and organizational salary structure; includes full benefits package, progressive work environment, and opportunities for professional development.

Start Date: June 2017
Application Procedure:
Email: careers@shakerlakes.org
Subject: Environmental Educator – Camps and Adventure Program Coordinator
Include: Cover letter, resume, and salary requirements
DEADLINE: Friday, May 12th, or until filled.
Posted: April 27, 2017
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Title: Grants Manager
Job Type: Employee
Job Status: Part-time, Salaried, Exempt (approximately 25 hours/week) some evenings and weekends are required
Reports to: Director of Development
Department: Development

Overall Responsibilities: The Grants Manager is responsible for contributing to the Nature Center's annual fundraising goals for general operating and special project support by:

  • Creating and implementing an overall strategy to secure grants from foundations, corporations and government sources
  • Researching opportunities for grant funding
  • Cultivating relationships with prospects and stewardship of current funders
  • Writing grant proposals and reports
  • Monitoring the use of grant funds
  • Reporting on use of funds as specified by funders
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with grantors

Primary Duties:

  • Work with executive and program staff to identify and articulate in a compelling manner the funding needs and priorities of NCSL;
  • Research and report on prospective opportunities to approach foundations, corporations, and government sources for funding of NCSL programs, specific projects, and campaign needs;
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain effective relationships with prospective grant funders;
  • Work with Director of Finance and Administration to develop financial information required by funders;
  • Maintain and implement a comprehensive grants management calendar. The calendar is to include deadlines for grant and report submissions, expected approaches, cultivation and stewardship activities and receivables dates;
  • Communicate regularly with appropriate staff and Board of Directors as to the status of grants, reports, and stewardship and cultivation activities;
  • Write high quality grant proposals, applications, reports and other required ancillary materials; submit all grant applications, reports and acknowledgement letters in a timely manner with appropriate internal review;
  • Manage all aspects of private foundation and corporate foundation relations to ensure proper stewardship of all foundation funders, including accurate acknowledgements, special funder requests, and arranging site visits, tours, and events;
  • Coordinate the centralized tracking of various statistics used for donor stewardship and cultivation and provide applicable written materials;
  • Create reports for Director of Development, Executive Director, and Board of Directors;
  • Maintain effective grant files and foundation database records;
  • Stay current in the development field and practice within the AFP Code of Ethics.

Other Duties:

  • Assist with the coordination of internal events and programs
  • Engage the Board of Directors in the grant-seeking process as appropriate
  • Contribute to the writing and editing of the organization's publications as related to grants
  • Assist with general maintenance of the database for foundation prospects and donors
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Four-year degree in a related field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in nonprofit development and grant writing
  • Advanced level written communication skills
  • Familiarity with grant research resources and methods
  • Excellent interpersonal skills/ability to work with a wide variety of personalities
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, adapt to change, and handle multiple projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to think creatively, identify and package fundable projects, and market the Nature Center’s funding needs effectively
  • Big picture thinker with ability to manage multiple details
  • Ability to develop plans and timelines and follow through to completion
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and other Microsoft applications
  • Database management skills
  • Mastery of internet and non-internet research tools
  • High motivation and resourcefulness
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Commitment to the Nature Center mission, principles and values

Compensation: Salary commensurate with qualifications, experience and organizational capacity. Part-time employees may be eligible for certain benefits.

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume via email to: careers@shakerlakes.org.
Please include job title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Deadline for application: April 28, 2017or until filled.
Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Title: Welcome Desk Associate
Job Type: Employee, non-exempt
Job Status: Part-time, hourly, 16 – 24 hours/month,
Primarily weekends and evenings
Reports to: Welcome Desk Supervisor

Overall Responsibilities: The Welcome Desk Associate is a customer service position, which is responsible for performing retail and visitor service operations at the Nature Center’s Welcome Desk. This person needs to feel comfortable interacting with adults and children of all ages. Responsibilities include greeting, engaging and directing visitors, answering phones, handling gift shop sales and coordinating rentals and birthday parties. The Nature Center is looking to add an additional associate who is available primarily on weekends and evening shifts as needed. This is a great part-time position for anyone who is passionate about the mission of the Nature Center and is looking to work 16-24 hours per month with flexible evening/weekend availability.

Primary Duties:
Welcome Desk Duties: (70%)

  • Greet visitors, answer questions, share information about the Nature Center, encourage membership and support and provide assistance and direction as necessary
  • Ensure a positive visitor experience by engaging visitors in our exhibits, trails and activities
  • Engage with children and adults, sharing information about the Nature Center
  • Serve as receptionist and first point of contact for visitors and callers
  • Handle gift shop sales, operate cash register and credit card machine
  • Ensure informational flyers, brochures and notices are displayed and current
  • Ensure Welcome Desk, Exhibit Area and Duck Pond Gift Shop are kept neat and orderly
  • Work cooperatively with staff and volunteers and assist with ongoing training
  • Answer inquiries and process registrations for all classes, programs and events received via phone or walk-in
  • Fill the Nature Center outdoor bird feeders when empty
  • Shovel snow at front door and steps when necessary

2. Rental Duties: (20%)

  • Coordinate with rental customers, when they arrive, to ensure they have everything they need for their event, including tables, chairs, signage and equipment and remain available to assist with any additional needs that arise
  • Direct guests for events and answer their questions about the Nature Center
  • Perform inspection of room at conclusion of event to finalize and ensure the room is left as it was found

3. Other Duties: (10%)

  • Assist Welcome Desk Supervisor and other staff as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Assist with animal care of an Eastern Box Turtle and Corn Snake

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum two-year degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum two years of experience in customer service or related field and in dealing with the public
  • Ability to take initiative and problem solve
  • Enjoy engaging and interacting with adults and children
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and pay attention to details
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work with a wide variety of personalities, as well as, deal with the public and staff with tact, courtesy and diplomacy
  • Exude a positive, friendly and personable attitude with poise, flexibility and dependability
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess cash handling knowledge and skills
  • Ability to work both independently and with other staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings with a flexible schedule
  • Possess computer skills, including general knowledge of Microsoft software applications
  • Flexibility to communicate regularly with Welcome Desk Supervisor regarding scheduling and job details
  • Commitment to Nature Center mission, principles and values

Compensation: Hourly rate commensurate with experience and organizational budget

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume via email to: christi@shakerlakes.org. Please include job title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Deadline for application: March 31, 2017 or until filled
Posted: February 15, 2017
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Title: B'Earthday Party Educator
Job Type: Employee, non-exempt
Job Status: Part-time, 4 - 16 hours/month
Reports to: Visitor & Administrative Services Manager

Overall Responsibilities: This individual will function as an educator to conduct and lead our birthday parties on the weekends and a rare evening. The successful candidate will present NCSL designed curricula and hands-on outdoor experiences for children aged 3-12 along with their parents for mutually agreed upon dates for our program based B'Earthday Parties. Candidate must be passionate about nature and the environment and be able to convey age appropriate knowledge and enthusiasm.

Primary Duties:
Administrative/Preparatory: (25%)

  • Communicate, primarily via email, with NCSL staff several times a week for scheduling and logistics involved with arranging and preparing for B'Earthday Parties.
  • Communicate with renters several days prior to parties to ensure all necessary information is shared.
  • Prepare for parties by collecting necessary tools and materials.
  • Stay current and work collaboratively with all Nature Center staff to ensure excellence and maintain continuous improvement of NCSL curricula and programs.

Educator: (75%)

  • Present and lead Nature Center B’Earthday Party one hour programs to children primarily 3-12 years old, as well as, adults.
  • Conduct hikes and other outdoor activities as per the program selected in all seasons or weather conditions.
  • Assist families with room setup and facilitation of B'Earthday Party for three hour contract duration as well as clean up.
  • Act as liaison between renter and the facilities by guiding them as needed and inform them of the elevator, kitchen and restrooms.
  • Be knowledgeable and enforce NCSL rules and procedures.
  • Maintain good humor and apply professional, common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.
  • Ensure a positive visitor experience by engaging visitors of all ages.
  • Direct guests and answer their questions.
  • Perform inspection of room after a party and ensure the room is left in similar state it was found.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum two-year degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum one year of experience in elementary-level education or professional childcare or equivalent experience
  • Preferred: CPR and First Aid certified
  • Preferred: NASP certification (National Archery in the Schools Program)
  • Ability to hike one mile in all seasons
  • Possess enthusiasm for and a basic knowledge of the natural world
  • Ability to handle live animals such as worms, salamanders, frogs, turtles and a corn snake
  • Ability to take initiative, lead and interact with groups of children as well as adults
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a wide variety of personalities; ability to deal with the public and staff with tact, courtesy, and diplomacy
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and with other staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work weekends and possible evenings with a flexible schedule
  • Enthusiasm, poise, flexibility, dependability, outgoing, good sense of humor, and positive attitude
  • Commitment to Nature Center mission, principles and values

Compensation: $75 per B'Earthday Party (including all internal communication and preliminary preparation necessary)

To apply: Submit cover letter and resume via email to: careers@shakerlakes.org. Please include job title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Deadline for application: March 31, 2017 or until filled
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Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp Instructor
Department: Education
Reports to: Director of Education
Job Type: Part-Time, Hourly Employee, Non-Exempt
Job Status: Seasonal position; 20-40 hours/week from June 12, 2017 through August 18, 2017. Seasonal Environmental Educator opportunities also available from September 2017 through June 2018.

General Description: The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (NCSL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1966 and located in the historic Shaker Parklands of Cleveland's eastern inner-ring suburbs, seeks a creative and committed Environmental Educator to work with the Education Director and staff to carry out its educational program goals. The Nature Center's mission, vision, programs, staff, board, and history can be found at www.shakerlakes.org.

Overall Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work with fellow environmental educators presenting NCSL-designed curricula and hands-on outdoor experiences to children (pre-K-9th grade) attending outdoor adventure day camps and classes for children, nature-themed public programs for families and adults, nature walks, birthday parties, and other community programming as needed and scheduled. Please see our website at www.shakerlakes.org to download the full camp brochure.

Primary Duties:

  1. Teach, guide and supervise campers of all abilities, ages 3 ½ -15 (12 students per camp). You will be asked to work with a specific age group for most of the summer
  2. Mentor teen volunteers who assist with summer outdoor adventure camp.
  3. Prepare and execute quality environmental education programs.
  4. Stay current and work collaboratively with all Nature Center staff to ensure excellence and maintain continuous improvement of NCSL curricula and programs.
  5. Work effectively with teachers and other clients, volunteers and the public in the presentation of Nature Center programs and events.
  6. Maintain good humor and apply professional, common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.
  7. Attend Board and Staff meetings, Signature Events, and Family Programs as required.
  8. Other duties as assigned, which may include but is not limited to: Present Nature Center education programs to key audiences, including area schoolchildren, families, adults, preschool children, and birthday parties.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 1 year lead teaching experience with children
  • Four-year college degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies or related science/natural resource field
  • Ability to manage children in the outdoors; must possess visual and auditory abilities to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to outdoor activities
  • Must be able to observe student/camper behavior, evaluate its appropriateness, and enforce and implement appropriate behavior management techniques
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate activities and ability to design age-appropriate environmental education curricula and activities for a wide variety of audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective public speaking skills; ability to communicate in an outdoor urban setting
  • Love of the outdoors; knowledge of natural history/ecology, local flora and fauna
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively with a wide variety of audiences; ability to interact with the public, parents/guardians, teachers and staff with tact, courtesy, and diplomacy
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task, adapt to change, work independently, and to prioritize effectively
  • Excellent computer skills; must be familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • Willingness to work as a team and with other staff and volunteers
  • CPR/First Aid Certification required (can be arranged)
  • Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Training and/or Leave No Trace Training preferred
  • NASP Archery Certification preferred
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, as needed
  • Ability to work 1-2 weekends per month
  • Ability to hike 3-5 miles with a 10 pound backpack
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record are required
  • Enthusiasm, poise, flexibility, dependability, good sense of humor, and positive attitude
  • Commitment to NCSL mission, principles and values

Compensation: $11-14 per hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications
Start Date: June 12, 2017

Application Procedure:
Email: careers@shakerlakes.org
Subject: Summer Outdoor Adventure Camp Instructor
Include: Cover letter, resume, and three references
DEADLINE: March 10, 2017 or until filled.
Posted: 2/24/2017


The mission of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
is to conserve a natural area, connect people with nature
and inspire environmental stewardship.

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is an
Equal Opportunity Employer