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.

Join Our Team

Housekeeping – Need part-time housekeeping help, M-F, 30 hrs/wk, with occasional weekend work. Must be able to perform all cleaning/housekeeping duties and lift up to 30 lbs. Primary responsibilities include vacuuming, dusting, floor care, trash removal, restroom cleaning, laundry, and making beds. Must be dependable, self-motivated, and possess a strong work ethic. Must have own transportation and be able to pass a background check. Pay commensurate with experience. Includes retirement benefits and paid holidays, vacation, and personal time. Send resume, references, and cover letter to Facilities Manager Tadd Wattles at wattlest@cedarcreekinstitute.org  EOE

On-call Kitchen Assistant – Need On-Call Kitchen Assistant to work facility rentals and events. Ideal applicant has some food service background including preparing and/or serving food and the ability to set-up and take-down for events. Hours are flexible and could include mornings, evenings, and weekends. Includes paid holidays, vacation, and personal time. Send resume, references and cover letter to Chef Dan Belson at belsond@cedarcreekinstitute.org EOE

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.