Environmental Educator (Internship)

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

Audubon Center of the North Woods

Environmental Educator (Internship)


ACNW is a private, non-profit (501c3) environmental learning center that provides outdoor educational opportunities to a diverse audience in an intimate setting. Gain experience in current environmental education methods, as well as knowledge of Minnesota’s unique biomes and natural history through training seminars, direct mentorship, graduate-level coursework, and on-the-job learning. Our organization is committed to making the outdoors accessible to everyone with student-centered, nature-focused programming that is responsive to all learners. We hope you join our dynamic team and learn what it takes to be an outstanding environmental educator!



  • BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience/training
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to a full year, from June 2019-June 2020, and live on site
  • Interest or experience in working with children; particularly elementary and middle school age
  • Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
  • Experience with, and enthusiasm for, summer youth 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!


  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all 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, including raptors, corvids, mammals, and herps.
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned


  • 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.
  • Year-long training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory
  • Broad natural history and animal husbandry training
  • Hundreds of hours of teaching experience with groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • $340/month stipend + 10 Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University for an Environmental Education Certification
  • 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.


Position Dates:

This internship begins June 8th, 2019 and ends on June 13th, 2020.


There are 6 positions available. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

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

Emily Porter, Education Manager, Audubon Center of the North Woods