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Environmental Education Fellowship Programs

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) environmental learning center that provides outdoor educational opportunities to a diverse audience in an intimate setting. Our organization is committed to making the outdoors accessible to everyone with student-centered, nature-focused programming responsive to all learners. Accredited by Cognia, Osprey Wilds serves as a field campus for various community colleges and Hamline University. We have over 50 years of environmental education experience and an incredible variety of programs and audiences. 

We consider ourselves fortunate that we are able to keep our doors open through the COVID-19 pandemic. With financial help from governmental programs and our incredibly generous donors, we were able to shift gears to accommodate more members of our local community, as well as continue offering creative options to students and their teachers. Our fellows did an amazing job brainstorming, collaborating with staff, and facilitating many different kinds of programs. Some of the programs they created are listed below:

  • Virtual Summer Camps
  • Creatures of the Night Hike
  • Guided Hikes
  • Academic Support Center for students attending school virtually
  • Skill Seminars for their peers

Working at Osprey Wilds as an Environmental Education Fellow is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Join our team in creating innovative opportunities to further our mission. We are looking for committed and passionate educators for a unique learning opportunity. 

 

Environmental Education Fellowship

This is a one-year environmental education fellowship. Applications are currently being accepted for positions that begin in June 2021.

Gain experience in current environmental education methods, as well as knowledge of Minnesota’s unique biomes and natural history through training seminars, direct mentorship, graduate-level coursework, and on-the-job learning. Our organization is committed to making the outdoors accessible to everyone with learner-centered, nature-focused programming that is responsive to all visitors. This commitment has not wavered through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to our dynamic team’s creativity and the guidance of the Center for Disease Control. We hope you can join us and learn what it takes to be an outstanding environmental educator!

  • BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience/training
  • 21 years of age or older at the time of employment
  • Ability to commit to a full year, from June 2021-June 2022, and live on site
  • Interest or experience in working with learners of all ages; particularly elementary and middle school age
  • Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
  • Experience with, and enthusiasm for, summer youth camps and community programming
  • Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
  • Must be open-minded, self-directed, and enthusiastic–excited to learn and try new things!
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, hike long distances, and work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lead and participate in our climbing wall and high ropes course (max-height: 40 ft.)
  • Valid First-aid/CPR/AED certification is a plus!
  • Conversational speaking ability in Spanish, Somali, or Hmong is a plus!
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  • Contribute to ongoing conversations about how to serve our community with diverse offerings during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond
  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages, including evening and weekend programming, both virtually and on-site where appropriate
  • Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities, whether virtual or onsite
  • Serve as the primary representative and host to visiting conference and retreat groups. This includes being on-call for overnight visitors (2-4/month)
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and regular training throughout the year
  • Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors, including raptors, corvids, mammals, fish, invertebrates and herps
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned
  • Work outside in a beautiful setting: 780 acres with coniferous and mixed hardwood forest, creek, prairie, and wetland areas, as well as a lake with a beach adjacent to the staff house
  • Year-long training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory
  • Broad natural history and animal husbandry training
  • $360/month stipend + 10 Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University for an Environmental Education Certification ($3,500 value)
  • Private room in on-site Staff House, and meals during the work week/when groups are present
  • Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO

You will get an individual room at the recently remodeled staff house, which is located on a separate part of the property from the office.

The staff house is a two-stories, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room with fireplace, dining area, communal full kitchen, and basement. Other amenities include lakeshore access and view of Grindstone Lake, outdoor fire pit,  washer and dryer, wireless Internet access, and parking.

 

This fellowship begins June 5, 2021 and is completed on June 11, 2022 (start date is subject to adaptation to accommodate CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines).

There are 3 positions available. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to:

  • Ashley Bozman, Fellowship Coordinator, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
    Email: bozman@ospreywilds.org  Phone: (320) 245-2648 ext. 111 

Environmental Education Leadership Program

This is a two year environmental education fellowship. Applications are currently being accepted for positions that begin in June 2021.

Our Leadership Program is committed to developing the talents of emerging leaders in environmental education through on-the-job experience, mentorship, on-site training seminars, and professional development at conferences and off-site training. Spend your first year learning the ins-and-outs of residential environmental education by teaching in our dynamic program. With your second year, develop your leadership skills as a Mentor Educator for our team of instructors and receive tailored training in a self-selected focus area. The Leadership Program is designed to train the next generation of Environmental Education managers, coordinators, and directors.  We hope you join our dedicated and passionate education team in our effort to serve Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond!

  • BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • 21 years of age or older at the time of employment
  • Ability to commit to a 2-year fellowship, from June 2021-June 2023, and live on site
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in environmental education
  • Dedication to working with learners of all ages, particularly elementary and middle school students
  • Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
  • Experience with, and enthusiasm for, summer youth camps and community programming
  • Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
  • Must be open-minded, self-directed, and enthusiastic–excited to learn and try new things!
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, hike long distances, and work outside in all weather conditions
  • Ability to lead and participate in our climbing wall and high ropes course (max-height: 40 ft.)
  • Conversational speaking ability in Spanish, Somali, or Hmong is a plus!
  • Committed to being a leader/mentor to students and colleagues–previous leadership experience is a plus!
  • Valid First-aid/CPR/AED certification is a plus!
Year 1 Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to ongoing conversations about how to serve our community with diverse offerings during the COVID-19 Pandemic and beyond
  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages, including evening and weekend programming, both virtually and on-site where appropriate.
  • Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities, whether virtual or onsite
  • Serve as the primary Center representative and host to visiting conference and retreat groups. This includes being on-call for overnight visitors (2-4/month)
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and regular training throughout the year.
  • Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors, including raptors, corvids, mammals, fish, invertebrates, and herps.
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned

Year 2 Responsibilities:

  • Continue with Year 1 Responsibilities
  • Mentor new educators in teaching and animal husbandry skills
  • Complete Specific Focus area tasks:
    • Events and Programming Lead (1 Position Available):
      • Serve as Assistant Camp Director for youth summer camps
      • Coordinate special programming such as Homeschool Camp, Winter Family Camp, Maple Syrup Day, and other community events
      • Learn to develop, pilot, and assess inquiry-based curricula
      • Lead education staff on curriculum development projects
      • Attend an overnight, off-site conference on Environmental Education or other comparable training/ conference experience
    • Adventure Lead (1 Position Available):
      • Assist on group trainings related to adventure equipment, adventure classes, basic first aid, emergency procedures and radio protocol
      • Maintain all adventure equipment according to industry standards
      • Assist with the assessment and implementation of risk management protocols
      • Lead off-site and Community College adventure programming such as multi-day canoe trips, camping, advanced orienteering, and outdoor recreation
      • Obtain certification in Challenge Course operation or other comparable training/ conference experience
      • Work with the Fellowship Coordinator on special projects
    • Wildlife Lead (1 Position Available):
      • Assist in overseeing daily husbandry and barn operations
      • Be primary caretaker of 1 – 2 animals
      • Continue to learn and improve operant conditioning techniques
      • Assist in training new education staff on wildlife programming
      • Assist with animal assessments, maintenance projects, and standard veterinary care
      • Be a lead educator for wildlife outreach programming
      • Attend a week-long training at the U of M Raptor Center or other comparable training/ conference experience.
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  • Work with the Wildlife Coordinator on special projects
  • Work outside in a beautiful setting: 780 acres with coniferous and mixed hardwood forest, creek, prairie, and wetland areas, as well as a lake with a beach adjacent to the staff house.
  • 2 years of training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory
  • One-on-one mentorship by professionals in the field
  • Broad natural history and animal husbandry training
  • Hundreds of hours of teaching experience with groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Private room in on-site Staff House, and meals during the workweek/when groups are present
  • Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO
  • YEAR 1 COMPENSATION: $360/month stipend, room & board, + 10 Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University for an Environmental Education Certification ($3,500 value)
  • YEAR 2 COMPENSATION: $500/month stipend, room & board, + Paid off-site training/conference attendance (focus-area specific, see above)

You will get an individual room at the recently remodeled staff house, which is located on a separate part of the property from the office.

The staff house is a two-stories, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room with fireplace, dining area, communal full kitchen, and basement. Other amenities include lakeshore access and view of Grindstone Lake, outdoor fire pit,  washer and dryer, wireless Internet access, and parking.

 

Position Dates:

This fellowship begins June 5, 2021, and is completed on June 10, 2023 (start date is subject to adaptation to accommodate CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines).

There are 3 positions available. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2021, and will be considered upon submission.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, three references to:

Ashley Bozman, Fellowship Coordinator, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
bozman@ospreywilds.org |(320) 245-2648 ext. 111