Environmental Educator (Internship)

Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW)
Internships - Paid
Sandstone, MN

Environmental Educator (Internship)


Established in 1968, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center (RELC) and green retreat & conference center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We offer a variety of outdoor and environmental education experiences for people of all ages – youth, families and adults – and are an ideal K12 school field trips and student travel destination. We educate around 4,500 children a year! In addition to our on-site programs and camps, ACNW provides outreach programs throughout the region. Our 780-acre campus is a diverse mix of hardwoods, pine plantation, prairie, and wetland on the east shore of Grindstone Lake.


Accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, ACNW serves as a field campus for various community colleges and Hamline University.  We have 50 years of environmental education experience and an incredible variety of programs and audiences.  Working at ACNW is a one-of-a-kind internship opportunity!  We hope you will consider becoming part of our dynamic education team.



  • BA or BS degree in a related field (or equivalent educational experience/training)
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Interest or experience in teaching and/or working with children
  • Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
  • Experience with summer camps or similar programming
  • Ability to be innovative, flexible, and self-directed
  • Basic knowledge of and curiosity about the natural and cultural history of Minnesota
  • Open-minded and enthusiastic; excited to learn and try new things
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, and spend long hours on your feet
  • Willing to run and participate in our climbing wall and high ropes course
  • Customer Service experience

Intern Duties include:

  1. RELC/K-12 Programming 70%
    1. Facilitate classes to K-12 audiences
    2. Serve as a liaison for these K-12 school groups
    3. Develop curriculum for outdoor environmental education
    4. Summer Programs
      1. Assist with overnight summer camps
      2. Assist in driving participants from different programs to locations and teaching/leading classes
      3. Participate in overnight/on-call duty
  2. Focus Area 10% --

Interns will have the opportunity to select a focus area: Program Management, Adventure Coordinating, or Animal Training that will include duties in addition to regular instruction.

  1. Wildlife Care 10%
    1. Perform daily animal husbandry and other barn chores as assigned
    2. Complete rotating chores of 20% water change on aquariums, cleaning refrigerator, and cutting grass around barn
  2. Groups & Conferences 10%
    1. Facilitate/lead programming for participants when needed including family programs, Road Scholar, community colleges, and others
    2. Serve as liaison for these groups


  • Broad natural history and animal husbandry training
  • Teaching experience covering groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Hands-on, behind the scenes knowledge of what it takes to run a residential environmental education center (fundraising, budgets, marketing, etc.)
  • $80/week stipend, private room in onsite Staff House, and meals when groups are present
  • Eight days off each month, plus two paid weeks off (one in December and one as scheduling allows)
  • Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University for a 10-credit Master’s-level Environmental Education Certification
    • Participate in the classes offered through Hamline University and conducted at ACNW
    • Classes Include:
      • Advanced Interpretation
      • Reading the Landscape
      • Winter Ecology
      • Minnesota Forests
      • Spring Flora
      • Food and Energy Sustainability
    • Homework for all of these courses is done during non-work hours


Position Dates:

This internship begins January 4th (negotiable), and runs through June 15th, 2019.


To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and three references to:


Emily Porter, Education Manager, Audubon Center of the North Woods
(320) 245-2648 | www.audubon-center.org | Facebook: facebook.com/AudubonCenter