Professional Naturalist Fellowship

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Internships - Paid
Lanesboro, MN

2018-19 Professional Naturalist Fellowship

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Lanesboro, Minnesota

Job Description:

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is a private, non-profit, accredited school that empowers people to care for the earth and each other. As one of 12 participants in the yearlong fellowship, naturalists develop teaching, interpretive, and public relations techniques and additional skills related to residential environmental education. Naturalists are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and classes. Learning is accomplished through direct teaching experience guided by supportive staff, professional workshops, and a series of observations and evaluations.


  • Teach large and small groups in environmental, adventure, and cultural programs
  • Coordinate and lead residential and day–use programs for visiting groups
  • Learn and present a one-hour naturalist program, typically in the evenings twice a month
  • Attend weekly training seminars and staff meetings
  • Plan, lead, and assist with Eagle Bluff's Summer Camp programming


  • Able to commit to August 12th, 2018 to August 9th, 2019
  • B.A. or B.S. degree, related field preferred
  • Ability to live on-site in a dormitory-like setting
  • Experience working with children
  • High level of self-motivation and enthusiasm; an eagerness and willingness to learn
  • Current CPR and Standard First Aid certification
  • Comfortable in moving water and able to hike long distances
  • Willing to operate and participate in high ropes courses and rock climbing wall
  • Related experience as a naturalist, interpreter, camp counselor, trip leader, or other leadership roles is a plus, but not required.

Program Highlights:

  • Extensive trainings and certifications, led by knowledgeable, experienced and friendly staff
  • 500+ hours of teaching experience in adventure, science and cultural classes, as well as summer camps, while working with a wide variety of students of all ages
  • Over 800 acres of prairies, forests, rivers and ponds, with access to high ropes courses, indoor rock climbing, archery, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, canoeing, and nine miles of hiking trails
  • Opportunity to earn five graduate level elective credits through Hamline University and a certificate in Firearms Safety from the MN DNR
  • Living and working in beautiful southeastern Minnesota with 11 other naturalists who love the outdoors!


Participants receive an $850/month stipend for living expenses and to apply toward the cost of graduate credit or certifications. In addition, participants live in a private wing of the dormitory. Bedrooms are private with a bathroom/suite shared with one other person. All 12 participants share a common living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry. As additional compensation, meals are provided when visiting groups are in residence as are food staples for use in the staff kitchen. Along with room and board, Naturalists are offered paid sick time, paid holidays, limited paid vacation time, personal voicemail, internet access, staff gear, and use of Eagle Bluff's recreational equipment.

Application Details:

1. Email your resumé and a copy of your most current college transcript to: Becca Jacobson & Jenna Moon, Fellowship Coordinators,

2. Contact three professional references and direct them to our online Reference Form (found on our website). It is your responsibility to make sure the references are completed in a timely manner.

3. Answer and submit the online application questions, on our website. When we have received all of the materials above, we will contact you about continuing the hiring process.