Environmental Educator Fellowship

Saint John's Outdoor University (Outdoor U)
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Collegeville, MN

Environmental Educator Fellowship



Saint John's Outdoor University (Outdoor U) seeks applications for an Environmental Educator Fellow. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position commencing on late August 2018 - late August 2019. Affordable on campus housing will be available. Time will be managed to 40 hours per week and will require a flexible schedule. 


The Environmental Educator Fellow will assist in the direction and coordination of the environmental education programming for preK-12 students, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) students, and the general public. The position also assists in teaching the environmental education curriculum and will develop new programming and curriculum as well.

The Fellowship program exists to provide an experiential learning opportunity for a recent graduate interested in a career in environmental education. It provides for advanced development of environmental interpretation skills, teaching techniques, and natural history knowledge through hand-on training and participation in seminars, workshops and continuing education. Opportunities for collaboration with professors and other CSB/SJU staff will be provided.


Outdoor U provides environmental and outdoor education through classes, events and initiatives with the Abbey Arboretum and CSB/SJU. The Abbey Arboretum is a 2,944 acre natural arboretum made up of forest, prairie, wetlands and oak savanna owned by Saint John's Abbey and surrounding Saint John's University. The combination of the program (Outdoor U) and the place (Abbey Arboretum) results in a dynamic non-profit organization committed to land stewardship, environmental respect, and education of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and experience levels.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Participate in the fellowship aspect of the position, including goal setting, evaluations, training, and networking opportunities.
  2. Instruct environmental education curriculum to visiting students.
  3. Develop and sustain relationships with CSB/SJU students, academic departments and campus organizations to provide opportunities for education, volunteering, and research.
  4. Offer informational, seasonal programming dealing with topics of local natural history for Outdoor U members and interested community members.
  5. Assist Environmental Education Coordinator with expanding existing curriculum and developing new programming.
  6. Maintain the equipment, and supplies for educational, scientific, and environmental activities.  Participate in land stewardship activities.
  7. Provide direction to student employees assisting with the education programs.


  1. Bachelor of Arts or Sciences, preferably related to environmental studies, education, natural sciences, or related field required by May 29, 2018.
  2. Valid driver's license required. Must meet and maintain requirements of Motor Pool Regulations. Ability to drive a campus vehicle which includes the completion of defensive driving program. A driver's license check will be conducted.
  3. Enthusiasm and ability to teach environmental education to people/audiences of all ages and backgrounds on a daily basis.
  4. Experience teaching younger students preferred.
  5. Ability to work with culturally and economically diverse audiences.
  6. Desire to increase skills and knowledge of environmental education through workshops, seminars, classes, and on-the-job training as provided through the Fellowship.
  7. Interest in the general environment and natural history, and ability to learn and teach specifically about the environment and natural history of Saint John's Abbey Arboretum and surrounding area.
  8. Strong oral and written communication with the ability to work effectively as part of a team; positively represent the Outdoor U organization and provide a high level of customer service.
  9. Ability to work independently.
  10. Ability to effectively use computer applications for communication, including email and word processing programs. Willingness and ability to learn additional computer programs and applications.
  11. A recent graduate (4 years or less at the time the job starts) from an accredited institution of higher learning preferred.
  12. Ability to acquire and project an understanding of the Benedictine character and mission of Saint John's Abbey, Saint John's University and College of Saint Benedict.
  13. A willingness to maintain a high level of competence and customer service representing Saint John's Outdoor University.
  14. Willingness to work indoors and outdoors in variable weather conditions, on variable terrain. Ability to sit at a desk/computer for extended periods. Ability to walk extended distance and lift/move equipment up to 40 lbs, with our without reasonable accommodations.


Applications are accepted online at http://employment.csbsju.edu. Interested applicants should complete the application form and submit a cover letter and resume. Undergraduate transcript required at time of hire.

Review of applications will begin Monday, July 30, 2018.

If you require special accommodations to participate in the Saint John's University hiring process, please contact us at (320) 363-2508 or employment@csbsju.edu.

It is the policy of CSB and SJU to conduct pre-employment background checks.  An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

Women, individuals of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Saint John's University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.