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Environmental Education Fellowship Programs

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (formerly the Audubon Center of the North Woods) 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 that is 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.  

Working at Osprey Wilds as an Environmental Education Fellow is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. Although our current positions have been filled, we will be annually accepting applications. Please check back for more information.  

We offer two different fellowship programs:

Environmental Education Program (1-year fellowship) – Currently filled Learn more >

Environmental Education Leadership Program (2-year fellowship) – Currently filled. Learn more >

EE Fellowship Program - Closed

This is a one-year environmental education fellowship. Current positions have been filled for 2020-2021. Please check back at a later date for additional position responsibilities and application instructions. 

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 student-centered, nature-focused programming that is responsive to all learners. We hope you join our dynamic team 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 and live on site

  • Interest or experience in working with children; 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

  • 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!

You will get an individual room at the recently remodeled staff house, which is located on a separate part of the property from the Dormitory and Dining Hall. The staff house is a two story home on the shores of Grindstone Lake that has a communal kitchen and living area.  There is room for 8 people in the staff house (8 bedrooms).

Two-story building, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Living room with fireplace, Dining area, communal full kitchen, Basement, Beautiful lakeside setting with beach, Outdoor fire pit, Outside clothes line, Washer and dryer, Wireless Internet access provided, Parking space is available.

  • 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 private beach adjacent to the staff house.

  • Year-long training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory

  • Broad natural history and animal husbandry training

  • Hundreds of hours of teaching experience with groups of diverse ages and backgrounds

  • $340/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 when groups are present

  • Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO.

Please note that all positions have been filled. Please check back at a later time. 

 

EE Leadership Program - Closed

This is a two-year environmental education fellowship. All positions have been filled. Please check back at a later date for additional position responsibilities and application instructions. 

Develop leadership skills in environmental education through on-the-job experience, mentorship, on-site training seminars, and professional development at conferences and off-site training. Year one is focused on learning the ins-and-outs of residential environmental education by teaching in our dynamic program. Year two is focused on developing leadership skills as a Mentor Educator for our team of instructors. This program is designed to train the next generation of Environmental Education managers, coordinators, and directors.

  • 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 and live on site
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in environmental education
  • Dedication to working with children, particularly elementary and middle school students
  • Interest and experience in outdoor activities including, but not limited to: camping, canoeing, backpacking, climbing, hiking, etc.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience with youth summer camps
  • 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!

You will get an individual room at the recently remodeled staff house, which is located on a separate part of the property from the Dormitory and Dining Hall. The staff house is a two story home on the shores of Grindstone Lake that has a communal kitchen and living area.  There is room for 8 people in the staff house (8 bedrooms).

Two-story building, 8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Living room with fireplace, Dining area, communal full kitchen, Basement, Beautiful lakeside setting with beach, Outdoor fire pit, Outside clothes line, Washer and dryer, Wireless Internet access provided, Parking space is available.

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 private 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

Monthly Leadership Program on-site professional development

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 when groups are present

Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO

  • YEAR 1 COMPENSATION: $340/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)

Please note: All positions have been filled. Please check back at a later date.