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Naturalist Intern

Audubon Center of the North Woods Sandstone , Minnesota


Job Type: Internship

Category: Environmental Education, Recreation

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 Requirements and Qualifications:

Background and experience required:

  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working in some form of adventure/maintenance programming
  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting

Skills, knowledge and abilities needed for effective performance

  • Able to work and teach outdoors in a variety of different terrain and conditions o Flexibility in scheduling (will work some nights and weekends)
  • Ability to lift a canoe on and off a trailer and spend long hours on your feet • Minimum education/training needed
  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • 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


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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