Naturalist & Wildlife/Animal Care Internship (3 positions available)

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Sandstone, MN
United States

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Job Description:

  • ​First-Year Internship, 10 months (Aug – June), with possible summer extensions
  • Percentages below are based on a calendar year
  • Overall supervision by ACNW Education Manager
  • Supervised in Barn by Wildlife Coordinator

Duties and Responsibilities:

RELC/K-12 Programming (60% of the time)

  • Facilitate classes to K-12 audiences
  • Serve as a liaison for these K-12 school groups
  • Assist with coordination, implementation and facilitation of Summer Camps & Programs (if applicable)
  • Assist in driving participants from different programs to locations and teaching/leading classes
  • Participate in overnight/on-call duty

Wildlife/Animal Care Focus Area (30% of time)

  • Work directly with Wildlife Coordinator
  • When needed assist with Outreach programs, which are sometimes on weekends/evenings
  • Participate in all barn meetings
  • Participate in all barn-related trainings
  • Perform daily barn chores as assigned
  • Daily care and training of 1-2 assigned animals
  • Perform health checks, once a week on assigned animals
  • Perform regular maintenance of assigned animal enclosure
  • Conduct mew inspections
  • Replace dowels as needed
  • Repair mosquito netting, wire mesh as needed
  • Re-rope perches as needed
  • Report to Wildlife Apprentice on status of supplies and food
  • Report health concerns for animals to Wildlife Coordinator
  • Complete rotating chores of 20% water change on aquariums, cleaning refrigerator, and cutting grass around barn
  • On-call when on-site for barn related emergencies
  • In winter with snow accumulation help shovel in mews and around barn
  • Research topics as assigned/needed for programming or animal care
  • Option to assist with taxidermy and the preparation of skulls, wings, and feet that are used with education programs
  • Complete other projects assigned by Wildlife Coordinator

Graduate certificate coursework in Natural Science and Environmental Education (3% of the time)

  • Participate in the classes offered through Hamline University and conducted at ACNW
  • Classes Include: Outdoor Education Basics, Advanced Interpretive Techniques, Reading the Landscape, Minnesota Forests, Minnesota Biomes, and more. 

Groups & Conferences (7% of the time)

  • Facilitate/lead programming for participants when needed including family programs, Road Scholar, community colleges, and others
  • Serve as liaison for these groups

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Background and experience required:
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience working with animal husbandry
  • 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
  • Flexibility in scheduling (will work some nights and weekends)
  • Ability to lift canoes 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 two bonus weeks off (one in December and one as scheduling allows)
  • Optional paid credits for Master’s-level Certificate in Environmental Education

How to Apply:

Position Dates: This internship begins August 21, 2017, and runs through June 8, 2018.

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: Jaime Souza, Education Manager, Audubon Center of the North Woods
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