Jobs

Riverbend is seeking bright, dedicated individuals to help us further our mission's work of fostering awareness, appreciation and understanding of our total environment. We seek candidates with some experience in environmental or educational work who share our passion in connecting children to nature.

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Development Officer - Part-time position, approximately three days per week

Position Summary: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Development Officer is responsible for planning and implementing Riverbend’s major gift program and it’s interaction with other fundraising initiatives.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Organize a systematic approach to the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects of $1,000+. This includes conducting comprehensive research, orchestrating a review of the current donor base, organizing screening sessions with Board members, and planning and coordinating outreach strategies to advance relationships with major prospects.
  • Significantly enlarge the number of major individual prospects being cultivated.
  • Assist with identification, cultivation, and stewardship of major corporate donors, $2,500+.
  • Serve as development staff to the ED and Board and coordinate and support their work with major gift prospects.
  • Prepare all necessary correspondence, stewardship reports, proposals and other materials needed to facilitate the cultivation and solicitation of major prospects.
  • Participate with Board members and volunteers in the cultivation and solicitation of major prospects.
  • Organize any recognition activities for donors.
  • Maintain database of in-depth information on major prospects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in fundraising including a successful track record in major gifts fundraising and  direct interaction with major prospects.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Excellent organizational, writing and interpersonal skills.
  • Prospect research experience required.
  • Donor database management required, Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and volunteers at all levels.
  • Broad knowledge of a sophisticated development program.
  • Ability to maintain all information with appropriate confidentiality.
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  • Clear commitment to Riverbend’s mission.

To Apply: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send letter of interest, resume, and salary history to Laurie Bachman, Executive Director lbachman@riverbendeec.org.  No phone calls please. 

 

Seasonal Per Diem Environmental Educator:

Dates: Seasonal, (Fall season from September to November) (Spring season from April to June) Typically 2-4 days per week, 9:00-2:00 (some afternoon, evening, weekend and overnight hours available)

Salary: $12/hour depending on experience

For the past 40 years, Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA has been bringing high quality environmental and science programming to children in our region.  Environmental educators are important members of our education team and are responsible for teaching a variety of programs, including field trips, offsite programs to schools, after-school programs, scouts and more. 

The primary responsibility of educators is to teach lessons to visiting school groups participating in our onsite education program, which serves approximately 7,000 students each year. During these field trip programs, each educator is responsible for teaching a group of between 15 and 25 students, ranging in age from Pre-K to 7th grade. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, pond and stream, watersheds, habitats and ecosystems, soil and geology, animal adaptations, and Lenape. Riverbend’s innovative programming combines a number of hands-on activities, sensory exploration, high energy eco-games and interaction with live animals.

This position is a perfect opportunity for individuals looking to build experience in the field of environmental education or for environmental professionals who are seeking a light, flexible schedule.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children in outdoor settings
  • Comfortable with the basic natural history of the area
  • Background in biology, ecology, environmental studies or education strongly encouraged
  • Demonstrates effective classroom management skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a team or individually
  • Comfortable interacting with live animals
  • Reliable and flexible

 

To apply, email resume, cover letter and list of three references to:
Stacy Carr-Poole, Director of Education
scarr@riverbendeec.org
610-527-5234

 

Marketing Intern – Available immediately

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, located in Gladwyne, PA, seeks to hire a marketing intern to help with marketing, PR and development related tasks. Key responsibilities include:

  • Participation in the evaluation of marketing and development plans
  • Participation in the evaluation of marketing and PR print materials
  • Weekly website updates
  • Assistance in creation of quarterly E-newsletter
  • Manage social networking initiatives (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Support fundraising initiatives and special events
  • Take photographs of children participating in educational programs for promotional material
  • Increase presence on the internet through links on websites with similar missions, goals, and values
  • Manage and maintain consistent supplies of printed communications
  • Update PR contact list and help with press releases


This position requires:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strength in organization
  • Creativity
  • Solid writing skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge in adobe and other graphic programs a plus


Sophomore, Junior or Senior Marketing, Communications, or English majors can apply. We seek a commitment on average of 8-10 hours per week.

To apply:

Please send resume, cover letter and a list of three references to: Lisa Matthews, Development and Communications Associate Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Email: lmatthews@riverbendeec.org
Fax: 610-527-1161
Questions: Call Lisa at 610-527-5234 x104 or email at above address.

 

Summer Environmental Educator (7 Positions Available)

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)
Salary: $12/hour

Program:
Educators will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for hands-on exploration and discovery.  The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation.  Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally no more than 14 children per educator and the younger age groups have an intern to assist. 

Responsibilities:

  • Educators will be required to create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes and Riverbend guidelines.  Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process. 
  • Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 10-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility, which includes group management, chaperoning field trips, and organizing cook-outs and overnights when teaching the older groups. 
  • Educators are required to lead groups of various ages during the season, including students as young as four and as old as eleven.
  • Educators will also be working with and supervising interns and volunteers throughout the summer.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be expected.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of children
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

To apply:
Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address

 

 

Summer Camp Intern (4 Positions available)

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00 (some evenings and overnights required)
Salary: $10/hour

Program:
Interns will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for hands-on exploration and discovery.  The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation.  Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally no more than 14 children per educator.  Interns assist educators who lead the groups, primarily working with the youngest camper’s ages 4-8 years old.  The internship is an opportunity to learn about the field of environmental education. Director can serve as supervisor for course credit if offered through your university. 

Responsibilities:

  • Interns provide support to educators in the preparation of camp curricula and materials for lessons. 
  • Interns assist with group management, chaperoning field trips and assisting with cook-out and overnight programs.
  • Interns prepare at least one lesson each week to be taught for a variety of ages.
  • Interns provide supervision for the extended day program, which includes both early morning and after camp responsibilities.  Intern’s schedule will be adjusted to accommodate these responsibilities. 
  • Interns may have the opportunity to lead a group towards the end of their internship; this opportunity can be discussed with the Director of Education and Camp Coordinator.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be required.  

Qualifications:

  • One or more years of college education or equivalent experience
  • Interest in the field of environmental education/education/biology
  • Knowledge of basic environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups

To apply:
Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address

 

Early Childhood Environmental Educator (1 Position available)

Dates: June 1st – September 4th; Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00

Salary: $12/hour

Program:
Educators will be part of the staff of Riverbend’s Summer Exploration Day Camp.  Each week 60-80 children, ages 3 – 13, come to our 30-acre Gladwyne site for hands-on exploration and discovery.  The atmosphere is friendly and low-key; curriculum is created by professional staff with a strong emphasis on exploring and expanding children’s interests and stimulating investigation.  Some programs take place at other sites and include field trips, cook-outs, camp-outs, and camping trips. Groups are generally no more than 14 children per educator and the younger age groups have an intern to assist. 

Responsibilities:

  • Early Childhood Educator will work exclusively with our three and four year-old campers. 
  • The educator will be required to create age appropriate lesson plans according to the weekly themes.  Educators are encouraged to collaborate in this process. 
  • Educators implement the lesson plans with a group of approximately 10-14 campers for whom they have primary responsibility. 
  • Educators will work with and supervise an intern and volunteer each week.
  • General upkeep of the facility will be expected.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (Early Childhood Education a plus)
  • Understanding of basic principles of environmental education
  • Knowledge of environmental/science/natural history concepts
  • Experience educating and managing groups of pre-school aged children
  • Strong oral communication skills
  • Ability to work actively outdoors during the summer
  • Ability to work independently and in groups


To apply:
Please email resume, cover letter and a list of three references to:
Kelly Myers, Camp Coordinator
Email: kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org
Questions: Call 610-527-5234 or email at above address

 

 

Paid Part-Time Summer Internship in Habitat Management

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for two 2015 Summer Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve.  The Habitat Management Interns, under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and woodland and meadow areas, assist with our reforestation project where 2000 saplings have been planted over the past few years.   Primary tasks will include planting, watering, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, clearing trails of fallen branches, stocking our woodpile, and the removal of invasive species. Interns will also help to run the new Auquaponics Greenhouse which will be installed by May 2015.  They may also help with minor repairs and general maintenance of the barn, outdoor classroom, tool sheds, deer fence, and parking lot area.

The Volunteer Coordinator will work with the interns to develop management skills.  Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, helping to manage volunteer groups including the weekly teen volunteer program, assisting with garden design and plant selection, participating in staff meetings, and other administrative projects.

The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 10/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $75/week.  Work weeks are flexible to accommodate family vacation plans but the interns must be available for 10 weeks of work between mid-May to mid-August.  Three mornings per week are strongly preferred.  Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Volunteer Coordinator, but must include Wednesday, which is when we offer the Teen Volunteer Program each week.  College credit can be arranged by the intern and his/her college, if desired.

Requirements:

  • College student or recent graduate over the age of 18
  • Experience with and/or interest in gardening
  • Interest in ecology, botany, environmental studies, conservation, or landscape architecture
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • An outgoing leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers, especially teenagers
  • Physically strong and able to work outdoors in hot weather and on a hilly terrain

 

Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  We are not accessible to public transportation, so interns would need access to a car.  Interested students should contact Jeanne Angell, volunteer coordinator at jangell@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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01.27.2015

Riverbend is OPEN

We are offering a special year round camp today (1/27) from 9-3:30. Let your kids spend the day exploring the snow with us. Call us at 610-527-5234 or email kvoorhees@riverbendeec.org to let us know if your coming in

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