Position – Director
The directorship is a full-time position for Sarett Nature Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit community nature center established May 23, 1970 and located in Southwestern Michigan along the Paw Paw River. Sarett Nature Center is dedicated to providing quality environmental education for our community. Each year over 25,000 visitors ranging in age from preschoolers through adults attend programs at Sarett. We also have a wildlife sanctuary of over 1,000 acres, 8 miles of trails, an interpretive center building, butterfly house, tree top walkway and live native animals. Currently we have over 2,000 members and a staff consisting of 8-10 professional (full and part-time) teacher-naturalists, along with 40 active volunteers. A 20 member non-profit board of avid supporters are responsible for overseeing the center’s activities.
- Be an effective communicator, speaker, motivator and team builder.
- Manage staff and volunteers to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the nature center.
- Meet regularly with the board of directors to ensure mission efficacy.
- Demonstrate courtesy and basic leadership traits in conjunction with staff, board members, and the community.
- Develop and administrate a yearly budget in conjunction with the board treasurer.
- Work with the board of directors on cultivating new donors, fundraising events, seeking grants for operating funds.
- Provide quality environmental education activities for our community.
- Manage and protect Sarett’s sanctuary properties.
- Conduct regional, national, and international natural history tours as an educational offering and source to generate revenue for the center’s operation.
- Provide opportunities for staff development through training, continuing education, and conference participation.
- Promote Sarett activities and events in the community through social media marketing.
- Develop and enhance relationships with area schools, youth groups, foundations, and civic organizations.
- Prepare a quarterly newsletter which includes pertinent information on upcoming programs and opportunities at the nature center.
Position Qualifications and Requirements
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, natural resources or related field.
- Possess several years’ experience managing a nature center or related organization.
- Hours of work are dependent on job duties, and will vary from week to week. There are weekend and evening obligations as needed. Salary is negotiable and dependent on experience and qualifications.
Applicants may send their cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
Resumes accepted until March 1. Position will remain open until filled.
Position – Intern Naturalist
Sarett Nature Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education for schools and the community. Intern naturalists play an active part in achieving this goal by participating in all aspects of operating the Nature Center.
The majority of an intern’s time is spent teaching a variety of natural history programs. Program topics include: ornithology, entomology, geology, forest succession, dune formation and ecology and wildlife habitats. In the fall we spend a lot of time exploring fresh water ecology while paddling on the rivers and lakes of the area in our 34-foot replicas of the French-Canadian voyageur canoes. We also have fall programs that concentrate on pond study, tree I.D., fall wildflowers and nature preparing for winter. During the winter we explore the out-of-doors on cross country skis and snowshoes.
Spring once again brings out our voyageur canoes as well as dune hikes at Grand Mere State Park, spring wildflowers, natural communities, wildlife habitats and once again, pond study. Summer gives you an opportunity to design and implement classes on natural history topics of your choice. Past summer classes include nature photography, kayaking, geocaching, terrific turtles, water wonders, starry starry nights, and our favorite, Muckin’ in the Marsh. If you love nature and kids, this is the place for you!
Teaching natural history to children and adults requires good communication skills, creativity, a desire for knowledge, and a willingness to face new challenges. Since most teaching is done while hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, or climbing dunes, interns need to be in good physical condition.
While at Sarett Nature Center, interns are encouraged to develop and present a weekend program for the public and/or to complete a project of their own such as design and construct an interpretive display or a new nature trail system, or to engage in field research. Interns are also expected to lead interpretive walks, maintain trails, and to help care for our resident animals.
Internships are for a minimum of one season and no longer than three seasons. Our seasons are: summer (May/June-August), fall (September-December), and winter/spring (January-May). Interns can expect to work forty hours per week. This includes weekend hours. You will receive an hourly salary, plus housing if needed.
To learn if there are currently any intern or staff positions available, contact Sarett director Dianne Braybrook at (269) 927-4832 or email her at DianneB@sarett.com.