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Blue Heron Nature Preserve, Inc. is a member and donor-funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which manages a 33-acre City of Atlanta Park.

The Preserve’s mission is to create a personal experience for the community through conservation, education, research and advocacy as it seeks to fulfill its vision of being a haven for nature in an urban environment.


In partnership with and under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overall management and operation of Blue Heron Nature Preserve.  The Executive Director (ED) shall provide dynamic, visionary leadership to the organization and will be responsible for five primary functions:

Fundraising and Public Relations

The ED shall oversee the fundraising for the organization and will lead and support all financial resource development in coordination with the Development Director and Board.

The ED shall be the primary spokesperson for Blue Heron Nature Preserve and shall work closely with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to promote awareness of the Preserve.

Program Development and Management

The ED will work closely with the Education Co-Directors and the Art Director to ensure all programs further the mission of the Preserve and effectively serve the community at large. Development of existing programs and tracking measurables will be a primary focus. 

The ED will work closely with the Project and Operations Mangerto ensure the maintenance of the building and grounds, effective management of the Community Garden, and the promotion of the conservation initiatives.


The ED shall provide strong leadership to Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s staff, Board, and the community.  

The ED will promote a spirit of partnership in all the organization’s work and will build relationships with key environmental and community partners to further the Preserve’s mission.

The ED will manage the relationships with the City of Atlanta leadership, representatives and departments; and serve as liaison on financial transactions, project management and policy matters with those entities.

Staff Management

The ED shall be responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of all Blue Heron Nature Preserve programs through effective management of staff.  The ED shall put in place support and protocols to maximize the effectiveness of each staff member and to ensure the efficient use of all resources.

The ED will support education and development opportunities for staff members and ensure a safe and harmonious work environment.

Board Support

The ED shall provide support to the Board of Directors while at the same time challenging them to advance the mission of the organization. This will include regular communications with the Board, preparing for Board and Board committee meetings, assigning a staff liaison for each committee as appropriate, working with committee chairs to ensure the effectiveness of each committee.

The ED shall work with the Board Governance Committee to ensure the proper policies and procedures are in place to ensure an effectively run organization. The ED will work with the Board to recruit new members, provide orientation and ongoing training.


  • Serve as the public face of Blue Heron Nature Preserve, especially with elected officials, funders, civic leaders and other stakeholders.

  • Work with Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop appropriate messaging and promotion of the organization which reflects the Preserve’s mission and ensures a positive image in the community.  

  • Work with Marketing and Communications Coordinator and staff to develop and deliver engaging and enriching public events to celebrate the Preserve and to showcase its value to the community.

  • Work with Development team and staff to further establish and advance successful membership, sponsorship, annual giving, grant writing and other fundraising activities.

  • Work with Project and Operations Manager to effectively manage the building and tenants to ensure we provide a high level of satisfaction and a stable revenue stream.

  • Work with Project and Operations Manager to promote conservation restoration work. 

  • Serve as primary staff contact for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, coordinating agendas and meetings. 

  • Work with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement strategic plans.

  • Play an active role in Board development working with Board members to identify and recruit candidates that will continue to strengthen the Board.


  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent education and experience

  • Pattern of progressively responsible professional leadership experience

  • At least 5 years successful fundraising and management experience at an advanced level

  • Experience with budgeting and financial management processes


  • Strategic planning and Master Planning experience

  • Practical experience in land conservation

  • Experience with park, greenspace, and environmental issues especially in an urban setting

  • A strong network of business and community leaders in Atlanta 

  • Experience working with a Board of Directors 


  • Strong interpersonal communication skills

  • Strong fundraising and business management acumen

  • Strategic planning skills

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

  • Leadership skills

Salary range for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Send Resume/CV and Cover letter to Kevin McCauley ( and Norris Broyles (

Contract Environmental Educators 

Blue Heron Nature Preserve is seeking contract educators with experience teaching programs on wildlife and ecology, environmental stewardship, gardening, nature arts, and outdoor adventure.

Our educational programs include school field trips for PK-8th grade, after school programs, school break camps, Girl and Boy Scout programs, birthday parties, and weekend public programs.

Hours range from 0-25 hours per week, depending on program demand and educator availability.

Candidates must have prior experience teaching and working with children, and a college degree in education, ecology, biology, art or a related field.

Candidates should be familiar with, or willing to become familiar with, the Reggio Emilia philosophy and an emergent curriculum.

Candidates must provide their own transportation to off-site programs.

Two or more years of environmental education experience is preferred.

CPR and First Aid Certification is required.

Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

All candidates must pass a background check prior to employment. 

Job Description

Blue Heron Environmental Educators plan and teach nature based programs for students in grades K-8.

The primary purpose of our programs is to give children a chance to explore and learn about science, nature, and the urban environment in a fun and engaging manner.

We are guided and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and use an emergent curriculum. Educators will lead groups of 5-25 children in activities at the Preserve or at local schools.

Educators are responsible for planning and running activities, coordinating with other staff, behavior management, daily prep and clean-up, and any other tasks necessary to run a fun, safe youth program.

Training is provided, however staff should have experience in developing and leading activities.

Job Schedule

  • Blue Heron schedules field trips and off-site school programs weekday mornings on an as-demand basis.

  • Boy and Girl Scout programs and after school programming typically run weekday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. Some Saturday scout programming is scheduled, based on educator availability.

  • School Break camps run during Atlanta Public School holidays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Summer Camp runs weekdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., for 11 weeks during May-August.

  • Birthday parties are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays based on educator availability.

  • Educators are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled on-site programs and remain 30 minutes after a program's conclusion. Educators must allow sufficient time to gather supplies and teaching materials for on-time arrival to off-site school programs. 

  • All programs include additional hours for staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.

  • Hours per week: Between 0-25 hours per week depending on availability. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • College degree in education, science, ecology, art or related field. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred, but not required.

  • Experience with teaching formal or informal education programs for children.

  • Excellent group dynamic and behavior management skills, ability to engage children and direct them in an active teaching environment.

  • Ability to represent Blue Heron in a positive and professional manner.

  • Genuine desire to teach about nature in an urban environment.

  • CPR and First Aid Certification. Lifeguard certification a plus. 


$15 - $18 per hour based on experience and qualifications.


Blue Heron Nature Preserve
4055 Roswell Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Expected Start Date:

We are seeking candidates able to start in August 2019.  We do have some flexibility on start date. Please note that this position does not include housing, and any educator hired must be able to live locally and provide their own transportation to and from Blue Heron. 

 To Apply

Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to Lauren Reynolds and Nicole Thurston Co- Directors of Education, at and Interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants at the convenience of Blue Heron and the applicant.

Hiring is ongoing until positions are filled.

Please explore the education pages on this website to learn more about our organization prior to applying.