Community Outreach Intern

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Jobs - Full Time
Bloomington, MN

Community Outreach Apprentice

The Community Outreach Intern at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge will support the efforts of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP). Minnesota Valley is one of 14 priority urban refuges in the nation. Nestled in the shadows of skyscrapers 14,000 acres of wild space starts just 5-miles from the Mall of America and less than 25 miles from the heart of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). This special setting provides the Urban Outreach team a unique opportunity to plan nature-based programs, outdoor recreation experiences
and environmental career exploration opportunities to communities throughout the Twin Cities.

The Community Outreach Intern will work with refuge staff to:

  • Assist in developing and presenting engaging outreach programs for youth, young adults, and families.
  • Maintain and build new relationships with a diverse set of partners.
  • Attend community events and festivals with staff and volunteers provide refuge information and nature-based activities.
  • Identify and complete a robust project based personal interests, professional development goals, and refuge need.
  • Explore various career paths and local employers within the field of natural resource management.
  • Identify areas for professional growth, develop and complete a training plan that addresses need.
  • Dormitory style housing may be available, free of charge, at the Rapids Lake unit of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Carver, MN, approximately 30 minutes from the refuge headquarters and Visitor Center in Bloomington. A government vehicle will be provided for official-duty travel. A Personal vehicle is required for non-work travel.

Timeframe: 2-year, full-time commitment starting as soon as possible.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

3815 American Blvd. E.

Bloomington, MN 55425



  • Currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of or strong interest in one or more of the following: natural resource management,
  • wildlife management, biology, community outreach, or environmental education
  • Good communication skills; ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work with a team and independently
  • Enthusiasm for working outside; positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn new skills and cultural competencies
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Experience working with children and the public is desirable
  • Bilingual in Spanish, Karen, Hmong or Somali and English is desirable
  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • Personal transportation for local non-work travel required


  • This is not a federal position. This position is made possible with funding by the Minnesota Valley Trust. This is a 2-year apprenticeship starting at $ 25,056 with a 2nd year increase up to $ 31,320 based on performance and continued funding.
  • In addition, the successful candidate may choose to complete a natural resource / restoration project during their tenure in order to accrue 21st Century Conservation Service Corp hours.
  • Individuals are eligible for federal non-competitive hiring status (lasting up to 120) after completion of 640 work hours.

For more information contact
Suzanne Trapp, Urban Programs Manager at Suzanne or 952-858-0729.