ACNW is a private, non-profit (501c3) environmental learning center that provides outdoor educational opportunities to a diverse audience in an intimate setting. Our organization is committed to making the outdoors accessible to everyone with student-centered, nature-focused programming that is responsive to all learners. We are seeking a full-time, salaried Fellowship Coordinator to be the mentor and manager of our team of Environmental Education Fellows. We hope you join our dynamic team and help us present quality environmental education programming to learners of all ages and from all walks of life.
A strong candidate for this position is an experienced outdoor educator with strong management skills who can provide leadership to a young staff of teachers who are in a 1 or 2 year training fellowship. This person will be able to draw on their own experience and training in order to support developing environmental educators and create a valuable and meaningful fellowship experience. They will be able to act as the lead educator for our facility and have a firm understanding of best practices for environmental education and live animal programming. Their positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills will allow them to effectively manage staff and work with guests to provide an excellent educational experience for every visitor.
- BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience/training
- Strong teaching and pedagogy skills. At least 5 years of teaching experience, in a formal or non-formal setting
- At least 2 years in a leadership, mentorship, or management position. Experienced and comfortable with providing focused feedback to direct reports
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- A flexible schedule and able to work occasional weekends and evenings as programming demands
- Experience with, and enthusiasm for, overnight summer youth camps
- Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
- Familiarity with the RELC education model
- Commitment to advancing environmental literacy and providing accessible outdoor education
- Must be open-minded, self-directed, and enthusiastic--excited to learn and try new things!
- Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, hike long distances, and work outside in all weather conditions as well as lead and participate in our canoeing, climbing wall, and high ropes course (max height: 40 ft.)
- Conversational speaking ability in Spanish, Somali, or Hmong is a plus!
- Animal husbandry and raptor handling experience is preferred
- Provide excellent training and mentoring to our Environmental Education Fellows, lead the education team in providing high-quality, nature-focused, culturally-responsive education
- Coordinate weekly teaching schedules and education staff meetings, assign Educators to scheduled programs and manage days-off requests
- Hire Education Fellows and provide oversight and evaluation of them, including formal and informal feedback, as well as conflict resolution
- Work as an effective member of the Education Leadership Team with the Education DIrector, Wildlife Coordinator, and Reservations Coordinator
- Serve as the Lead Educator: teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages at least once per week
- Provide excellent customer service to visitors before, during, and after their visit
- Maintain program materials and supplies, including safety equipment (e.g. climbing harnesses, helmets, etc.)
- Work with the Education Director to manage daily programming needs and troubleshoot issues as they arise
- Assist the Education Director in curriculum development, including the piloting and evaluation of programs
- Act as the Camp Director for Youth Summer Camp Programming (3 wks/year)
- Complete other self-directed projects, or other duties as assigned
- Salary: $32k -- $35k commensurate with experience
- Full health and dental coverage options
- Simple IRA with 3% match
- 3 weeks annual PTO + 10 floating holidays
- Work outside in a beautiful setting: 780 acres with coniferous and mixed hardwood forest, creek, prairie, and wetland areas, as well as a lake with a private beach.
- Staff gift shop discount
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Emily Porter [she/her/hers], Education Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods