Fishing Skills Environmental Educator

Minnesota Trout Unlimited
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Chanhassen, MN

Fishing Skills Environmental Educator

Minnesota Trout Unlimited


About Minnesota Trout Unlimited Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) is a grassroots nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to protect, restore and sustain cold water fisheries, watersheds and aquifers in Minnesota and the region.

Position Summary Minnesota Trout Unlimited is looking for talented, self-motivated, and high energy individuals who will be responsible for conducting the Fishing Skills components of MNTU’s environmental and outdoor education program, “Connecting Students with Water Stewardship through Hands-on Learning.” This is a home-based, seasonal contracted position lasting for 3-4 months, depending on program needs

The purpose of Minnesota Trout Unlimited’s program is to help make youth and their families aware of the importance of water quality, aquatic biology, groundwater systems, watershed management and stewardship issues in the context of fun outdoor fishing excursions. This position focuses on fishing skills and is a portion of the larger environmental/outdoor education program called Trout in the Classroom (TIC). For ease of communication, the overall education program will be referred to in this document as “Minnesota TIC.” The Fishing Skills Environmental Educator is a contracted position. There is no paid overtime, as it is “exempt” from overtime requirements. The Fishing Skills Environmental Educator will be supervised by the MNTU Education Program Supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver the Fishing Skills segment of the Minnesota TIC program to students ranging from 5th- 12th grade and their families. Organize, develop, implement and evaluate activities as needed.
  • Plan, develop and maintain partnerships with schools, teachers, organizations and agencies to   promote fishing skills, water resource education and trout habitat education.
  • Assist the MNTU Education Program Supervisor with the purchase of program equipment; distribute, inventory and maintain equipment.
  • Conduct outdoor fishing lessons in Minnesota within the region where hired.
  • Work with MNTU and participating partners to promote the program with information dissemination via websites, social media, YouTube, and other means. Create bi-weekly posts on social media using photos from fishing skills programs and events.
  • Write content, shoot photographs, collect submissions and edit materials for distribution in MNTU newsletters and other media.
  • Prepare reports as directed to meet state grant requirements and maintain participant and partner spreadsheets and/or databases.
  • Design and implement assessment measures to evaluate the experience of program participants
  • Perform additional job-related duties as needed.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or enrollment in a program working toward a degree, preferably in outdoor education, ecology, or science.
  • Experience with education of students in grades 5-12.
  • Experience fishing with spin fishing equipment.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking experience.
  • Willingness to work some non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office suite of applications and social media.
  • Ability to do rudimentary desktop design of newsletters and brochures.
  • Team player with a positive attitude, a sense of humor, and excellent social skills.
  • Valid drivers’ license and use of a personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • First Aid and CPR training (commitment to obtain certification by May 13th, 2019).

Additional Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Working knowledge of fish habitat, ecology and water related education
  • Fly fishing experience (personal or as an educator)
  • Experience in interpretive teaching, curriculum development, workshop organization, and training and instruction skills.
  • Past participation in outdoor education training for teachers, such as Project Wild, Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, or other similar programs.
  • Experience developing and implementing environmental education programs for students in grades 5-12.

Compensation This is an independent contractor position which pays $15.00 per hour. It is anticipated that successful applicants will work 20 to 35 hours per week as scheduled. The contract will authorize a maximum number of hours per mid-May through September. Mileage reimbursement at the current Federal rate.

How to Apply Please send your cover letter and resume to Amber Taylor, MNTU Education Program Supervisor, at Please identify your e-mail by giving it the subject “MNTU Fishing Skills Environmental Educator”

This position is open until February 15, 2019

No phone calls, please.