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Environmental Educator Fellowship Program​s

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 the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, 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 Educator Fellow is a one-of-a-kind internship opportunity.  We hope you will consider becoming part of our dynamic education team. 

We offer two different fellowship programs:

Environmental Educator Program (1-year fellowship) – learn more >

Environmental Education Leadership Program (2-year fellowship) – learn more >

EE Fellow Program

This is a one-year environmental education fellowship.

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!

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  • 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 2020-June 2021, 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!

  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages, including evening and weekend programming
  • Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities
  • 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 trainings throughout the year.
  • Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors, including raptors, corvids, mammals, and herps.
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned

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.

Position Dates:

This fellowship begins June 6th, 2020 and ends on June 12th, 2021.

There are 6 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
bozman@ospreywilds.org | (320) 245-2648 | www.ospreywilds.org

 

EE Leadership Program

This is a two-year environmental education fellowship.

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.

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  • 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 2020-June 2022, 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!
  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages, including evening and weekend programming
  • Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities
  • 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 trainings throughout the year.
  • Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors, including raptors, corvids, mammals, and herps.
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects as assigned
  • Continue with Year 1 Responsibilities
  • Train and mentor new educators in teaching and animal husbandry skills
  • Complete Specific Focus area tasks: (over)

Events and Programming Lead (1 Position Available):

    • Serve as Camp Director for youth summer camps
    • Coordinate special programming such as Homeschool Camp, Winter Family Camp, Maple Syrup Day, and other community events.
    • Assist the Fellowship Coordinator with scheduling
    • 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
    • Work with the Education Director on special projects

Adventure Lead (1 Position Available):

    • Lead group trainings on adventure equipment, classes, and emergency procedures
    • Maintain all equipment according to industry standards
    • Assist Fellowship Coordinator with 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
    • Work with the Fellowship Coordinator on special projects.

Wildlife Lead (1 Position Available):

    • Assist in supervising daily husbandry and barn operations
    • Learn advanced raptor and mammal handling techniques & best practices
    • Train new education staff on wildlife programming
    • Assist the Wildlife Coordinator with maintenance projects and standard veterinary care
    • Be the lead educator for wildlife outreach programming
    • Attend a week-long training at the U of M Raptor Center
    • Work with the Wildlife Coordinator on special projects

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)

Position Dates:

This fellowship begins June 6th, 2019 and ends on June 11th, 2022.

There are 3 positions available. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2020.


To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, three references, and up to three focus area specific artifacts (optional) to:

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