Employment Opportunities

As the Ecology Center's work continues to broaden and expand, so does our need for visionary and creative leadership throughout our organization. Join us in developing innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. 

The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage women, people of color, people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds to apply. 

Our Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. We are a dedicated community of individuals tackling the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time with integrity, persistence, and science. Through our expert staff and over 40 years experience, we provide credible information, strategic action, and education on complex environmental issues.

A commitment to equity and fairness is a critical component of any healthy organization, and that equity must extend to issues of race and income.  Our organizational commitment to equity extends not only to internal practices and opportunities, but also to the way in which our organization interacts with our community, our region, and the world.  We embrace an explicit goal that our campaigns, priorities, and activities increase equality and justice for all people.  As we continue to grow and develop, we must embody principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity to remain vibrant and innovative and truly be the change that we wish to see in our communities and world.  

Diverse organizations are stronger, more resilient and more innovative.  Greater diversity will help us sustain a movement in which all voices are represented and in which all communities contribute to addressing the environmental issues that confront us now, and for generations to come.  On an individual and organizational level, diversity and inclusion are important values we will continue to build upon in the coming months and years to truly help build social justice and equity.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is currently working to create a long-term plan that will help us advance our goals, including:

  • Building our competence on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Cultivating a culture of inclusion, learning, and innovation in the organization
  • Creating internal processes that will better nurture a more diverse staff and a more inclusive work atmosphere
  • Integrating these principles more fully into our programs and communications
  • Building relationships with diverse organizations and individuals that support these goals
  • Helping to promote and grow diversity and inclusion in the environmental movement as a whole


Current Job Opportunities


Part-time Finance & Operations Assistant

The Ecology Center seeks a motivated part-time Finance and Operations Assistant (FOA) to assist with the Ecology Center’s accounts payable, benefits, office management, and development functions.  The core duties include accounts payable tracking and entry, Excel spreadsheet tracking, benefits administration support, and office management and development database support. This position reports to, the Finance Director. This is a part-time temporary staff position located at the Ecology Center’s main office in Ann Arbor, MI. It will be between 12-20 hours/week depending on the skills, experience, and availability of the person hired. There is potential for it to become a permanent staff position in the future. It is an entry level position ideal for someone looking for an opportunity to learn about behind the scenes nonprofit administration and management and increase office and data entry skills and knowledge.


Founded in 1970, the Ecology Center works to develop innovative solutions for healthy people and a healthy planet. In recent years, the Ecology Center developed the country’s leading product testing service for toxic chemicals; created a statewide Health Leaders Fellowship program; and led successful advocacy campaigns to expand transit service in southeast Michigan.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, founded in 1977, which works to build zero waste communities through convenient and innovative services. The Ecology Center has offices in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position requires excellent attention to detail and a service oriented approach to tasks. The FOA must be organized, responsive, with good time management skills. Candidates should also be comfortable with numbers, data entry, and people, and enjoy detail oriented work in a fast-paced nonprofit environment. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working independently, as well as with teams.

  • Process purchase orders, invoices, and staff reimbursements and enter them into the accounting system using Abila MIP accounting database software.
  • Monitor work-study student employee hours and timesheets and invoice universities on a timely basis for reimbursement and assist with work-study hiring tasks.
  • Use Excel to assist finance staff as needed in maintaining and updating spread sheets used to track benefits, finance, and personnel functions
  • Employee insurance tracking and accounting system invoice entry (Health, Dental, etc.)
  • Assist with HR benefits processing.
  • Order office supplies for local Ann Arbor and Detroit offices and manage distribution and tracking of office keys, bus passes, etc.
  • Manage vendors for office equipment, phone, and cleaning and help trouble shoot when necessary to keep services functioning smoothly.
  • Assist with tracking, maintenance, and oversight of computers and other office equipment.
  • Assist development staff with development database data entry and maintenance if hours worked per week allows.

Reports to: The Finance Director

Minimum Qualifications

  • Proficiency in MS Office software especially Excel and Word.
  • Ability to quickly learn and work efficiently in accounting and other databases; Specifically Abila/MIP Accounting software. Knowledge of Salesforce CRM is a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail, willingness and ability to learn new skills and take on new projects.
  • Ability to work both independently and well with a team.
  • Comfortable in providing administrative and accounting support with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage confidential staff and donor information appropriately and professionally.
  • Experience working in diverse organizations, coalitions, alliances, and nonprofits.
  • Interest in/passion for environmental and public health issues a plus.

Salary and Benefits

This is an hourly position and wages are commensurate with experience. Benefits include a 403(b) retirement plan, ongoing professional training, and growth opportunities. The office culture is upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented.        

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@ecocenter.org. Please include how you heard about the position.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Ecology Center is committed to diversity and inclusion in our internal practices and opportunities, and in how we fulfill our mission of working for healthy people and a healthy planet. For more about our values and work in this area, see the Ecology Center Statement of Values on Diversity and Inclusion. The Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline

Please apply by Monday, July 30, 2018. Applications received by that date will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.