About Us

Nature Center, Environmental Education Center, and Biological Field Station

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a nature center, environmental education center, and biological field station located on 742 acres with nine miles of hiking trails ten miles south of Hastings, Michigan. The Institute’s mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of our environment.

Environmental Policy

Our policy toward the environment includes quantifiable goals. Since implementing these policies in 2009, the Institute has:

  1. Analyzed its energy, water usage, and solid waste to set usage benchmarks and identify opportunities for reduction
  2. Reduced its energy usage by 20%
  3. Reduced its solid waste by over 50%
  4. Composted its food waste
  5. Used environmentally-friendly chemicals

Energy Efficiency

The buildings are energy efficient and environmentally-friendly. By building into the side of a hill, the architects partially buried the Visitor Center, Education Building, and Prairie View guest quarters to protect against summer heat and winter cold.

On the inside, the Institute buildings are heated and air conditioned by a ground source heat pump. The facilities are barrier free and safe for those with chemical sensitivities and/or environmental illnesses.

Join Our Team!

Current Opening

Stewardship Coordinator

Job Description:
The Stewardship Coordinator works under the guidance of the Stewardship Manager to improve the overall condition of the Institute’s natural areas and trail systems as they pertain to wildlife habitat and public use. The Stewardship Coordinator’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the management of invasive plant species, trail maintenance/improvements, native plant propagation and care (greenhouse maintenance, seed collection, transplanting, etc.), assisting with prescribed burns and other ecological restoration practices, GPS/GIS mapping, and assisting with educational/outreach programming.

Education Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, natural resource management, or related field from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications:
• >2 years of experience in land management, wildlife management, or related field.
• Prescribed fire experience and/or basic training through the Michigan Prescribed Fire Council or the National Wildfire Coordination Group.
• Basic plant identification skills and the ability to use a dichotomous key for positive identification of native and invasive plant species.
• Experience utilizing GPS/GIS data collection equipment and proficient in ArcGIS mapping software.
• Experience with the operation of large equipment (ie. skid steer, tractor, brush mower, zero-turn lawn mower, etc.).

This is an hourly part-time position with an average of 32 hours per week with a starting pay of $15.50 per hour. EOE.

Applications for the position will be accepted until December 14, 2018 or until position is filled. For more information, including a full job description, please contact Corey Lucas at lucasc@cedarcreekinstitute.org or (269)721-4198.