Outdoor Adventure Education Internship (1 position only)

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00pm


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

Duties and Responsibilities:

RELC/K-12 Programming 70%

  • 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 possible overnight/on-call duty

Adventure Focus Area 20%

  • 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;
  • Maintain logs for adventure courses, keep log books stocked with extra forms of all necessary types;
  • Keep high ropes shed and climbing wall area organized and switch out equipment as needed;
  • Keep low ropes area clean of debris and keep grass cut;
  • In winter season shovel snow off high ropes platforms, low ropes elements, ground initiative elements, climbing wall stairs, and when needed the archery site;
  • Perform bimonthly inspections of all first aid kits on site (K-12 kits, buildings, & vans), restock and complete checklists;
  • Assist with weekend college adventure programs including backpacking, wilderness navigation, winter skills, canoeing, and outdoor sampler;
  • In gear shed keep tents, packs, stoves, and other camping equipment clean and organized;
  • Repair and keep skis (located in gear shed) and snowshoes (located in snowshoe shed) organized;
  • In paddle shed keep PFDs and paddles organized and in correct size order;
  • 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;
  • Help plan and lead summer camp programs (if applicable).

Graduate Certificate course work in Natural Science & Environmental Education 7%

  • Participate in the classes offered through Hamline University and conducted at ACNW
  • Classes Include: Outdoor Education Basics, Advanced Interpretive Techniques, Classes During Non-Work Hours Include: Reading the Landscape, Minnesota Forests, MinnesotaBiomes

Groups & Conferences 3%

  • 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 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
  • 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 two bonus weeks off (one in December and one as scheduling allows)
  • Optional paid graduate credits from Hamline University to fulfill the 10-credit 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
(320) 245-2648 | www.audubon-center.org | Facebook: facebook.com/AudubonCenter