Environmental Educator Fellowship

Audubon Center of the North Woods
Jobs - Full Time
Sandstone, MN

Environmental Education Leadership Program

(2-Year Fellowship)


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)


Position Dates:

This fellowship begins June 8th, 2019 and ends on June 12th, 2021.


There are 3 positions available. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 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