Environmental Education Leadership Program
ACNW is a private, non-profit (501c3) environmental learning center that provides outdoor educational opportunities to a diverse audience in an intimate setting. We are looking for committed and passionate educators for a unique learning opportunity. Our Leadership Program is committed to developing the talents of emerging leaders in environmental education through on-the-job experience, mentorship, on-site training seminars, and professional development at conferences and off-site training. Spend your first year learning the ins-and-outs of residential environmental education by teaching in our dynamic program. With your second year, develop your leadership skills as a Mentor Educator for our team of instructors and receive tailored training in a self-selected focus area. The Leadership Program is designed to train the next generation of Environmental Education managers, coordinators, and directors. We hope you join our dedicated and passionate education team!
- BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience
- 21 years of age or older at time of employment
- Ability to commit to a 2-year fellowship, from June 2019-June 2021, and live on site
- Commitment to pursuing a career in environmental education
- Dedication to working with children, particularly elementary and middle school students
- Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
- Enthusiasm for and experience with youth summer camps
- Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
- 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
- Ability to lead and participate in our climbing wall and high ropes course (max height: 40 ft.)
- Conversational speaking ability in: Spanish, Somali, or Hmong is a plus!
- Committed to being a leader/mentor to students and colleagues--previous leadership experience is a plus!
Year 1 Responsibilities:
- Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to groups of varying sizes and ages, including evening and weekend programming
- Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities
- Serve as the primary Center representative and host to visiting conference and retreat groups. This includes being on-call for overnight visitors (2-4/month)
- Attend weekly staff meetings and regular trainings throughout the year.
- Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors: raptors, corvids, mammals, and herps.
- Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned
Year 2 Responsibilities:
- Continue with Year 1 Responsibilities
- Train and mentor new educators in teaching and animal husbandry skills
- Complete Specific Focus area tasks:
Events and Programming Lead (1 Position Available):
- Serve as Camp Director for youth summer camps
- Coordinate special programming such as Homeschool Camp, Winter Family Camp, Maple Syrup Day, and other community events.
- Assist the Education Manager with scheduling
- Learn to develop, pilot, and assess inquiry-based curricula
- Lead education staff on curriculum development projects
- Attend an overnight, off-site conference on Environmental Education
- Work with the Education Manager on special projects
Adventure Lead (1 Position Available):
- Lead group trainings on adventure equipment, classes, and emergency procedures
- Maintain all equipment according to industry standards
- Assist Program Director with risk management protocols
- Lead off-site and Community College adventure programming such as multi-day canoe trips, camping, advanced orienteering, and outdoor recreation.
- Obtain certification in Challenge Course operation
- Work with the Program Director on special projects.
Wildlife Lead (1 Position Available):
- Assist in supervising (?) daily husbandry and barn operations
- Learn advanced raptor and mammal handling techniques & best practices
- Train new education staff on wildlife programming
- Assist the Wildlife Coordinator with maintenance projects and standard veterinary care
- Be the lead educator for wildlife outreach programming
- Attend a week-long training at the U of M Raptor Center
- Work with the Wildlife Coordinator on special projects
- 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 adjacent to the staff house.
- 2 years of training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory
- One-on-one mentorship by professionals in the field
- Monthly Leadership Program on-site professional development
- Broad natural history and animal husbandry training
- Hundreds of hours of teaching experience with groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
- Private room in on-site Staff House, and meals when groups are present
- Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO
- YEAR 1 COMPENSATION: $340/month stipend, room & board, + 10 Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University for an Environmental Education Certification
- YEAR 2 COMPENSATION: $500/month stipend, room & board, + Paid off-site training/conference attendance (focus-area specific, see above)
To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to: