Naturalist Intern – Minnesota

Audubon Center of the North Woods
Sandstone, MN
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$80/week Stipend + Room/Board
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Naturalist & Adventure Education Internship Established in 1968, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center (RELC) and green retreat & conference center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We offer a variety of outdoor and environmental education experiences for people of all ages – youth, families and adults – and are an ideal K12 school field trips and student travel destination. In addition to our on-site programs and camps, ACNW provides outreach programs throughout the region. Our 535 acre campus is a diverse mix of hardwoods, pine plantation, prairie, and wetland on the east shore of Grindstone Lake. • Residential Internship, 6 months (December – June), with possible summer extensions • Percentages are based on a calendar year • Overall supervision by ACNW Education Manager • Supervised in focus area by ACNW Program Director Duties and Responsibilities: I. RELC/K-12 Programming 70% A. Facilitate classes to K-12 audiences B. Serve as a liaison for these K-12 school groups C. Summer Programs (if applicable) i. Assist with summer camps ii. Assist in driving participants from different programs to locations and teaching/leading classes iii. Participate in possible overnight/on-call duty II. Adventure Focus Area 20% A. Assist in managing ACNW adventure programs with tasks such as maintenance and inspection in the following areas: high and low ropes courses, climbing wall, ground initiative course, archery, first aid kits, orienteering, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, and adventure gear; B. Maintain logs for adventure courses, keep log books stocked with extra forms of all necessary types; C. Keep high ropes shed and climbing wall area organized and switch out equipment as needed; D. Keep low ropes area clean of debris and keep grass cut; E. In winter season shovel snow off high ropes platforms, low ropes elements, ground initiative elements, climbing wall stairs, and when needed the archery site; F. Perform bimonthly inspections of all first aid kits on site (K-12 kits, buildings, & vans), restock and complete checklists; G. Assist with weekend college adventure programs including backpacking, wilderness navigation, winter skills, canoeing, and outdoor sampler; H. In gear shed keep tents, packs, stoves, and other camping equipment clean and organized; I. Repair and keep skis (located in gear shed) and snowshoes (located in snowshoe shed) organized; J. In paddle shed keep PFDs and paddles organized and in correct size order; K. Assist with projects such as building and grounds maintenance, construction; projects, XC ski trail grooming, maintain hiking trails, wood splitting, snow removal, maple syrup harvest and production; L. Help plan and lead summer camp programs (if applicable). III. Hamline Classes 7% A. Participate in the classes offered through Hamline University and conducted at ACNW B. Classes During Work Hours Include: i. Outdoor Education Basics ii. Advanced Interpretive Techniques C. Classes During Non-Work Hours Include: i. Minnesota Forests ii. Minnesota Biomes iii. Spring Flora D. Homework for all of these courses is done during non-work hours IV. Groups & Conferences 3% A. Facilitate/lead programming for participants when needed including family programs, Road Scholar, community colleges, and others B. Serve as liaison for these groups Benefits: • Training and broad natural history background • Teaching experience covering groups of diverse ages and backgrounds • Hands-on, behind the scenes knowledge of what it takes to manage an Adventure Education Department at a residential environmental education center • $80/week stipend, private room in onsite Staff House, and meals when groups are present • Eight days off each month, plus one bonus week off (as scheduling allows) • Optional paid graduate credits from Hamline University towards fulfilling the 10-credit Master’s-level Certificate in Environmental Education Position Dates: This internship begins December 1, 2017, and runs through June 8, 2018.
Requirements and Qualifications: • Background and experience required: o Experience working with children o Experience working in some form of adventure/maintenance programming o Experience teaching in an outdoor setting • Skills, knowledge and abilities needed for effective performance o Able to work and teach outdoors in a variety of different terrain and conditions o Flexibility in scheduling (will work some nights and weekends) o Ability to lift a canoe on and off a trailer and spend long hours on your feet • Minimum education/training needed o Bachelor’s degree required Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To apply, please send your cover letter, resume and three references to: Emily Porter, Education Manager, Audubon Center of the North Woods
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