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FOSA Director

The University of Virginia seeks a full-time director of the Foundation of the State Arboretum (FOSA). The FOSA Director develops and implements fundraising strategies to support the mission of Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia, while ensuring the proper administration and financial oversight of FOSA.

Blandy Experimental Farm is a spectacular 700-acre University of Virginia ecological field station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. The 175-acre State Arboretum of Virginia, located within Blandy Experimental Farm, is a public garden displaying more than 5500 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants in a diversity of habitats including woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and open fields. Outreach to the broader community is a central part of Blandy's mission, which is to increase understanding of the natural environment through research and education. In addition to the approximately 200,000 people who visit the Arboretum annually, Blandy delivers K-12 field experiences to preK-12 students throughout the region, (over 7000 students annually) and offers programs, workshops, and walks for the public. 

The FOSA Director builds, cultivates, and stewards effective long-term relationships to grow support for Blandy and Arboretum programs, to enhance our ability to serve the public, and to raise the profile of Blandy regionally and state-wide. An energetic, ambitious, and polished professional, the FOSA Director will collaborate with FOSA's Board of Directors, Blandy faculty and staff, and other University fundraisers to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan, special events, donor/member communications, and targeted major gift strategies. In addition to fund-raising, the FOSA Director oversees daily operations of FOSA and is responsible for required reporting to the University and outside agencies. The FOSA Director drafts and manages the annual operating budget and with the FOSA contract accountant and auditors, accounts for annual expenditures. The FOSA Director delegates appropriate responsibilities to a full-time Communications and Events Manager and a part-time Administrative Specialist to meet fundraising, promotional, and organizational goals. The FOSA Director’s team works to recruit and cultivate an active corps of volunteers to help in planning and carrying out Blandy’s annual fundraising events.

Minimum Requirements:
Education: Bachelor's degree
Experience: At least five years of relevant experience

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in marketing, communications, business, or related field
  • Demonstrates exemplary communication skills, strategic thinking, and the ability to build strong coalitions to advance FOSA's mission
  • Has organized and overseen successful fundraising events
  • Has a proven history of meeting or surpassing fund-raising goals
  • Has experience with capital campaigns
  • Has experience working with volunteer organizations and in nonprofit administration
  • Knows how to use donor, accounting, and communications software (e.g., DonorPerfect, QuickBook, Constant Contact, SignUp Genius, etc.)
  • Has previous experience managing staff and organizing volunteers
  • Is knowledgeable regarding financial and accounting procedures specific to nonprofit organizations
  • Skillfully and creatively leverages technology to achieve goals

Physical Demands:

This position requires work at a desk using computers and frequent activities out of the office. The employee must be comfortable standing for extended periods, working at outdoor events regardless of weather conditions, walking and driving on and offsite, and lifting and carrying 25 pounds.

Application Instructions:

Apply through Workday https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs and search for R0055373. Submit the online application, attaching the following required documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current CV/Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references.

The FOSA Director position is not eligible for remote work. Occasional weekend and evening work is expected.
This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
This is a restricted position and is contingent on the continued availability of funding.
Questions about this position? Contact David Carr, [email protected]
Questions about the application process? Contact Rich Haverstrom, [email protected]

Environmental Educator

The University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm seeks a full-time Environmental Educator to work with our preK-12 education programs. The Environmental Educator will:

  • Serve as an essential instructor for our diverse population of students from urban, rural, and suburban school divisions as well as private and home schools.
  • Assist with annual program review and revisions; especially collaborating with other EE team members in adapting our existing education resources to better serve diverse preK-12 audiences.
  • Collaborate with members of the Education Team to brainstorm, create, test, evaluate, and revise rigorous new education programs.
  • Help plan and serve as an instructor in professional development programs enhancing the science knowledge and teaching skills of preK-12 and environmental educators.
  • Order and maintain program supplies.
  • Engage in administrative tasks such as helping to maintain our annual program data and preparing school division contact lists.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: Bachelor's degree

Experience: At least one year of experience.

Licensure: Valid Driver’s License

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a degree in a natural science or education field.
  • Has at least one year of experience teaching environmental education in an outdoor setting. Equivalent experience, such as classroom teaching with a strong emphasis on outdoor instruction, is relevant.
  • Has created and taught outdoor science lessons based on national or state standards of learning.
  • Has proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 and Google apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms).
  • Has energy, enthusiasm, and passion for teaching and nature.
  • Is excited about being part of a dynamic education team and possesses a collaborative work style.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced teaching environment.
  • Has an open mindset and embraces change: We frequently adapt our program content based on grade level, learning needs, and requests from teachers.
  • Is life-long learner: enjoys learning about natural history and gaining additional teaching skills.
  • Is safety-oriented for the well-being of students, teachers, the Education Team, and yourself.

This full-time position is eligible for University Staff benefits https://hr.virginia.edu/benefits

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $40,000 - $46,800.

Physical Demands:

The employee in this position will teach outdoors in all types of Virginia weather, during all seasons of the year. Must be able to stand and move for prolonged periods (up to 7 hours) and walk distances of up to 3 miles/day in various types of terrain (e.g., flat, hilly, sloped, wetlands, forest, meadow). This job requires lifting and carrying up to 50lbs. This position also requires computer and desk work.

Application Instructions:

Apply through Workday https://hr.virginia.edu/careers-uva/job-openings and search for R0056607. Submit the online application, attaching the following required documents:

  • Cover Letter (summarize your relevant experience and why you would be a good addition to the Blandy Education Team)
  • Current CV/Resumé
  • Portfolio (examples of your teaching; lesson plan example(s) that you have created for preK-12 audiences; digital or pdf format preferred)
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Applications that are incomplete or missing required documents will not receive full consideration. Application review will begin on February 19, 2024, and the position will remain open until 5:00 pm February 29.

The Environmental Educator position is not eligible for remote work.

This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Questions about this position? Contact Candace Lutzow-Felling, [email protected]

Questions about the application process? Contact Rich Haverstrom, [email protected]

REU Program Coordinator

The University of Virginia seeks a Lecturer to serve as the Coordinator for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce VA. The REU program runs from May 20 – August 2, 2024. This summer program immerses 10 undergraduate students in innovative research projects and guides them toward careers in science by providing trained mentors and an inclusive, supportive environment that allows students to gain confidence in their abilities. This will be achieved through a combination of welcoming social events, skill-development workshops, high-quality mentoring, and exposure to a complete research experience. In addition to coordinating general program activities, the Coordinator is expected to carry out research while closely mentoring 1-2 students.

Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre ecological field station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase understanding of the natural environment through research and education.

Blandy supports research by providing a wide range of habitats (woodlots, successional fields, pastures, and ponds) and modern facilities (laboratory, greenhouse, housing, and equipment). Blandy is home to a vibrant research community and members of the summer community enjoy a weekly research seminar series and social events.

The REU Program Coordinator is responsible for scheduling and organizing group research, educational, and social activities, leading approximately two field trips, and overseeing collaboration between the REU students and Blandy staff, and leading a workshop on Research Ethics. The Coordinator works closely with research faculty and Blandy staff to ensure a safe, inclusive, orderly, and positive experience.

The Coordinator also serves as research mentor for 1-2 REU students. The process for mentoring includes guiding the development of an innovative research project and closely advising the student through the writing and defending of a research proposal, completion of the research project, and written and oral presentation of findings. A candidate who would use this opportunity to build a productive research program, including encouraging mentees to present their research at scientific conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals, is preferred. While the Coordinator remains responsible for group dynamics throughout the program, time available for research typically increases over the summer due to front-loading of program activities.

The Coordinator’s research will be supported through access to research facilities (laboratory and greenhouse) and a small research budget. The Coordinator will live on-site during the REU program, so faculty housing in a two bedroom cottage is provided.

REU Program Coordinator responsibilities:

  • Schedule and organize group educational, research, and social activities.
  • Provide orientations to the students on residential life at Blandy, the objectives and format of the program, the process of mentor selection, and other important program elements if needed.
  • Lead workshop on Research Ethics.
  • Collaborate with faculty to determine the matching of students with mentors.
  • Coordinate the guest hosting of visiting seminar speakers by the REU students.
  • Lead approximately two outdoor excursions such as hikes or canoeing trips.
  • Act as a primary contact for students outside of regular work hours and respond to problems as needed.
  • Schedule, organize, and moderate the research forum in which the students give their final research presentations.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned

Research Mentor responsibilities:

  • Mentor 1-2 REU students through a complete research experience from the conception of innovative research and study design to the dissemination of results.
  • Work with students to resolve problems with research projects as needed.
  • Participate in a mentor-training workshop along with other research mentors.

Requirements:

  • Master of Science (MS) or terminal degree in biology, ecology, or a related field; Ph.D. is highly preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license is required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience working at a field station or similar research facility.
  • A candidate with teaching and research experience in a higher education setting is preferred. 
  • A successful candidate will be interested in developing a research program at Blandy and will be highly collaborative, able to multi-task, problem solve, and handle multiple competing priorities.
  • A well-qualified candidate will have the ability to interact positively with faculty, staff, and students, and the ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are a must.

Physical Demands:

  • This job involves use of a computer, but also requires the ability to walk to field sites outdoors in all weather conditions (extreme heat, humidity, cold, etc.).

Application Instructions:

Apply through Workday https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs and search for R0057731. Submit an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for two professional references (name, address, email address, telephone number).

Application review will begin on Feb 26, 2024.

This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Questions about this position? Contact Kyle Haynes, [email protected]

Questions about the application process? Contact [email protected]

Public Horticulture Intern

The State Arboretum of Virginia, located at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, VA is offering an 8-week internship in Public Horticulture to begin on or around May 28th and end on July 19th. Some flexibility with start and end dates is possible. The intern will be expected to work 40 hours a week for the duration of the 8 weeks, Monday through Friday.

The Public Horticulture Intern will receive a stipend of $4000 paid in two installments during the program. Dormitory style housing is available on site. Travel costs to and from Blandy are not covered.

Education and Experience Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program or have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, Arboriculture, Forestry, Environmental Science or Studies, or a closely related field. 

Description:

Interns will gain experience assisting with the care and maintenance of the Perennial Gardens and Native Plant Trail. The Perennial Gardens include an herb garden, pollination garden, Iris collection and more. Activities within these areas will include routine care (weeding, mulching, and planting), removal of invasive plants, ecological data collection, and working with staff and volunteers. Interns will have opportunities to engage in outreach activities (social media engagement, interpretation, etc.)

The intern will assist with Summer Camps for rising second through eighth graders. Camp for middle schoolers is scheduled for June 24th through the 28th. Camp for elementary aged children is scheduled for July 2nd through the 3rd, and July 9th through the 10th. The intern will be working with Environmental Education staff and camp attendees. A third-party background check is required for all summer camp staff including the intern.

Interns are also encouraged to develop a project aligning with their own professional interests as conditions and time allows. Past projects have included GPS work in the collections, interpretive plant labels, and social media engagement.

The intern will have access to summer public programs free of charge, summer undergraduate seminars, and the library collections, and will work closely with various members of the arboretum staff and volunteers.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter, current resume, and copy of unofficial transcripts as a Microsoft Word document or pdf with horticulture internship in the subject line to [email protected].

Applications due by midnight on March 31, 2024.

Please do not hesitate to contact Carrie Whitacre, Assistant Curator of Herbaceous Plants at [email protected] for any questions or inquiries you may have.

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