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The White Memorial Conservation Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) nature center located in Litchfield, Connecticut. The Conservation Center includes a Museum, an active Education program, a Research staff and rental facilities. The Center is located within The White Memorial Foundation, a 4,000-acre property.

The White Memorial Conservation Center is seeking a full time Gift Shop Manager/Administrative Assistant. The position is 39 hours a week, Tuesday through Saturday, and includes a full benefit package including medical, dental, 401K and paid holidays. Hourly wage is $18.00 – $20.00 depending upon experience. Strong knowledge of retail operations and customer service is imperative.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Receptionist duties to include greeting guests, answering phones, answering questions and providing general information, including trails.
  • Managing the Gift Shop including inventory, ordering and record keeping
  • Work with Director of Administration and Development to create new merchandise lines for Gift Shop
  • Promote membership
  • Ability to operate point of sale system, generate and analyze store sales data and provide reports as needed.
  • Responsible for accurate cash handling and reporting
  • Manage and maintain web-based Gift Shop
  • Proficient in computer and technology skills and associated applications (MS Office)
  • Knowledge of working with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is preferred.
  • Assist Director of Administration and Development with social media and website management
  • Maintain a membership database, including data entry, correspondence, etc.
  • Working as a team member with the Center staff to not only maintain, but expand the reach of the Conservation Center
  • Performing general maintenance as needed

Application deadline January 15, 2022. Please mail or email a cover letter, resume, and completed application, to Gerri Griswold at gerri@whitememorialcc.org .



White Memorial is seeking a full-time, permanent Environmental Educator. Position is 37.5 hours/week, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9am-5pm, but those hours will vary based on the program schedule. Evening hours will occasionally be necessary. The position involves a significant amount of outdoor activity, hiking in varied terrain, and driving in all seasons. Compensation is $18-20/hour commensurate upon experience. Benefit package includes medical and dental insurance, a 401k plan, and paid holidays.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
– Teaching nature programs to school groups, scout troops, birthday party groups, and the general public
– Facilitating after-school programs and multi-day “camps” on school holidays and breaks 
– Traveling with native live animals and presenting outreach programs
– Running exhibition booths at public gatherings
– Developing and presenting occasional onsite public programming for families on Saturdays
– Contributing to social media accounts and implementing marketing campaigns related to programming
– Modifying and developing new lesson plans for after-school, vacation, and school programming
– Handling and occasionally providing husbandry for a small collection of education animals
– Preparing materials and supplies/props for programs
– Being trained on the Salesforce Customer Relations Management platform
– Contributing to the daily operations of the Nature Museum and Gift Shop when necessary
– Working as a team member with the Center staff to not only maintain, but expand the reach of the Conservation Center
– Performing various administrative duties as assigned by the Education Director

– A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in biology, environmental education, or a related field
– A minimum 1-2 years of prior work experience in a related field
– Willingness to work independently and on a varied schedule
– Enthusiasm for interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
– Comfort in speaking publicly and managing small and large groups, both indoors and outdoors
– Willingness to work with and care for live animals; prior animal handling experience preferred
– A fairly strong knowledge of the area’s natural history
– Proficient in computer and technology skills and associated applications
– Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 
– A driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to obtain an endorsement to drive a 15-passenger van
– Current First Aid/CPR certification or willingness to obtain it
– COVID-19 vaccination 

Application deadline is January 1, 2022. Please email a cover letter, resume, and completed application to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at carrie@whitememorialcc.org. Additional materials may be requested during the interview process.