Academic Programs & Outreach Coordinator

Wolf Ridge
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Bloomington, MN

Academic Programs & Outreach Coordinator Job Description



This position is a joint position shared by two organizations - part of the Wolf Ridge Program team based in the Twin Cities and the Urban Outreach Team at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  The core duties for this job are program coordination and delivery for the Academic Science Immersion Programs and the USFWS’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP) in the Twin Cities area; and fundraising support related to the Wolf Ridge Academic Programs.  This person is supervised by the Director of Youth and Family Programs for the Wolf Ridge work and the Urban Programs Coordinator for USFW.


Job Duties:

1. Teaching: 50%

This individual is the lead educator for all programming that happens in the Twin Cities and may assist or teach some classes at Wolf Ridge while the program participants are on site.

  • Conducts classes for people of all ages in various scientific, cultural, and recreational subjects both in the Twin Cities and on the Wolf Ridge Campus. Course content and complexity is adapted to the specific ages and interests of students.
  • Writes and maintains curriculum for the academic programs that is consistent with the Center's mission, goals and standards. Plans course content and method of presentation; prepares outline of material to be covered and resources needed to conduct the class. New curriculum is submitted to the Director of Youth and Family Camps for approval.
  • Conducts training for summer naturalists and counselors on topics related to the Academic programs.
  • Maintains education kits and materials for Twin Cities.


Responsible for supporting the UWCP Urban Outreach Team in any of the following ways:

  • Maintaining organization of educational materials for the Urban Outreach Trailer.
  • Presenting current outreach programs at libraries, Lunch-n Learn invitations, and retirement centers.
  • Assisting in the development of new outreach program themes and presentations.
  • Representing the refuge at special events, workshops, and conservation career fairs.


2. Program Coordination 40%

Responsible for managing, coordinating and directing all aspects of the Twin Cities based programs of Wolf Ridge including:

  • Recruiting students for the program,
  • Registering participants ensuring that proper paper work is maintained;
  • Purchasing equipment and supplies;
  • Managing the equipment budget;
  • Communicating with participants and their parents or guardians via text, phone or personal meetings;
  • Maintaining records, and overseeing all matters relative to safety and discipline.
  • Works collaboratively with the Summer Academic Program Coordinator and other program staff to align the school year programming with the on-site immersion programming.


Responsible for supporting the UWCP Urban Outreach Team in any of the following ways:

  • Scheduling outreach programs.
  • Developing marketing and outreach materials.
  • Writing social media posts.
  • Identifying and supporting the development of new urban partnerships with diverse communities / organizations within the Twin Cities Metro.
  • Providing support to Visitor Services interns, seasonal staff, and volunteers including staffing the front desk if needed.


3. Fundraising Support: 5%

  • Assist in administering program grants;


4. Other Duties as assigned: 5%


Hours of work

This is a part time hourly position with hours ranging from 25-35 per week with an average of 27-30 per week.  This position is responsible for the execution of after school programming and Saturday outreach and/or visitor center events - so many of the hours are during afternoons and evenings in addition to most Saturdays.


Physical Demands

The employee is regularly required to stand and walk up to 3 miles or more at a time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms repetitively in all directions; talk, hear, and see.  The employee is frequently required to sit; climb stairs and the rock walls; balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Employee must be able to do repetitive typing on a computer.


The individual must regularly and repetitively lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds.



Work Environment

The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather including hot and humid conditions, well below freezing temperatures, rain, snow, sleet, mud and bright sun. Insects are encountered for part of the year. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Time is spent at a desk in an open office space when using the phone or computers.


The employee will work from an office at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Education and Visitor Center. They will be provided with a computer and workspace. They will have access to refuge office equipment, vehicles (after successful completion of defensive driving training), and refuge environmental education teaching materials. Selection is dependent upon willingness to submit and pass a federal background check, demonstrate ability to safely attach, pull and park the Urban Outreach Trailer after being provided trailer training, and be comfortable with city driving.





To Apply

Please complete an general application located online at and mail a resume, cover letter and 3 references to with the subject line “Academic Programs & Outreach Coordinator”


Application Due Date

Applications open until November 9, 2018



Please contact Jenny Bushmaker, Summer Youth & Family Programs Director, at or 218-353-7414 ext. 110