Who are you?
You’re passionate about the natural world.
You believe that connecting adults and children to nature is essential for cultivating conservation values and creating a healthy, sustainable future for our planet.
You’re a natural leader and inspire others to work together for the health of the environment.
You have a way of turning obstacles into opportunities, challenges into change.
We’re searching for a leader who will take our organization to the next level and broaden our impact.
Who are we?
The Nature Museum is a small, regional gem with teaching habitats that include woods, meadows, a wildlife garden, and pond. We offer communities throughout Southern Vermont a wide range of educational experiences including school programs, public programs for children and adults, special events (including our iconic Fairy House Festival each September), exhibits, and summertime outreach at the Great River Hydro Bellows Falls Fish Ladder.
Grafton is beautiful, Southern Vermont is spectacular, and our environmental education offerings are excellent. We have 3 decades of excellence in environmental education and are well known for our commitment to bringing fun to all we do. The Nature Museum recently received a gift of land adjacent to us where we have a dream of making nature universally accessible for all ages along a beautiful wildlife path. We’re reimagining our museum space to fully integrate the indoor/outdoor experience.
What are the responsibilities?
The Executive Director provides leadership to ensure that the museum’s offerings are in alignment with our mission and vision and stewards both our human and financial resources. The ED leads a committed and energetic team of 2 full time staff, several part time employees and a dedicated group of volunteers. S/he spearheads fundraising efforts (with assistance from our board) and ensures that programs and events are diverse and of high quality. S/he is an ambassador for The Nature Museum and interacts regularly with local communities. S/he serves as an environmental champion through all forms of communication (newsletter, blog, speaking engagements, events).
What are the benefits?
You will play a direct role in nurturing new generations of advocates and stewards for a healthy, sustainable future. You’ll work with a great team in a great town surrounded by some of the most verdant and beautiful nature our country has to offer. You’ll be compensated well (starting salary of $50,000-60,000), with health benefits, sick days, and paid annual leave. You’ll work in a highly flexible environment that promotes a strong culture of work/life balance. You’ll have ongoing education and professional development opportunities.
What are our desired qualifications?
Prior non-profit experience, plus additional years of professional experience in environmental education or a conservation-related field.
Demonstrated fundraising success in all aspects of annual giving, including the cultivation and personal solicitation of donors.
Strong interpersonal skills, team building abilities, and demonstrated success in hiring, supervising, and retaining high-quality staff.
Previous successful experience in working with a Board of Directors through a mutually respectful and collaborative approach.
Hands-on experience with the preparation, tracking, and management of annual budgets.
Leadership-level knowledge and experience in environmental education, conservation, and/or related fields.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
How do I apply?
Please send a thoughtful letter of application and detailed resume to:
If you prefer snail mail, you may send materials to:
Executive Director Search, The Nature Museum
P.O. Box 38, Grafton, VT 05146