Environmental Education Leadership Fellow

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 5:00pm


Sandstone, MN
United States

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Female instructor looks for macroinvertebrates with students in a classroom

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit residential education  center near Sandstone, MN that proviees outdoor educational opportunities to a diverse audience in an intimate setting. Our Leadership Program is committed to developing the talents of emerging leaders in environmental education through on-the-job experience, mentorship, on-site training seminars, and professional development at conferences and off-site training. Spend your first year learning the ins-and-outs of residential environmental education through hands-on experiences and through our extensive professional development program. During your second year, develop your leadership skills as a Mentor Educator for our team of instructors and receive tailored training in a self-selected focus area. We hope you join our dedicated and passionate education team in our effort to serve Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond!


  • 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 2-year fellowship, from August 2022- August 2024, and live on site in communal housing
  • Commitment to pursuing a career in environmental education
  • Dedication to working with learners of all ages, particularly elementary and middle school students
  • 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 and community programming
  • Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working with and caring for our animal ambassadors
  • 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!
  • Valid First-aid/CPR/AED certification is a plus!

Year 1 Responsibilities:

  • Teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages, including evening and weekend programming, both virtually and on-site where appropriate.
  • Plan and lead Summer Camp programming and free-time activities, whether virtual or onsite
  • Overnight counseling may be required for overnight camps and college groups.
  • Serve as the primary Center representative and host to visiting conference and retreat groups. This includes being on-call for overnight visitors 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and regular training throughout 
  • the year
  • Provide basic husbandry for our animal ambassadors, including raptors, corvids, mammals, fish, invertebrates, and herps. This includes meal preparation requiring the cutting up and skinning of prey animals.
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or projects/tasks as assigned

Year 2 Responsibilities:

  • Continue with Year 1 Responsibilities
  • Mentor new educators in teaching, outdoor adventure, and animal husbandry skills
  • Complete Specific Focus area tasks:
    • Events and Programming Lead (1 Position Available):
      • Serve as Assistant Camp Director for youth summer camps
      • Coordinate special programming such as Homeschool Camp, Winter Family Camp, Maple Syrup Day, and other community events
      • 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 or other comparable training/ conference experience
      • Work with the Education Director on area specific projects 
    • Adventure Lead (1 Position Available):
      • Assist on group trainings related to  adventure equipment, adventure classes, basic first aid, emergency procedures and radio protocol
      • Maintain all adventure equipment according to industry standards
      • Maintain accurate inventories for all adventure equipment
      • Assist with the assessment and implementation of 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 or other comparable training/ conference experience
      • Work with the Fellowship Coordinator on area specific projects



  • 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 beach adjacent to the staff house.
  • 2 years of training in pedagogy, curriculum development, and environmental education theory
  • National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide training
  • One-on-one mentorship by professionals in the field
  • 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 during the work week/when groups are present
  • Eight days off each month, plus 10 additional days of paid sick leave/PTO
  • YEAR 1 COMPENSATION: $400/month stipend, room & board, + 8 Paid Graduate Credits through Hamline University towards a masters degree in Natural Science and Environmental Education ($3,000 value)
  • YEAR 2 COMPENSATION: $540/month stipend, room & board, + Paid off-site training/conference attendance (focus-area specific, see above)

How to Apply:

Position Dates:

This fellowship begins August 22th, 2022, and ends on August 9th, 2024  

There is 1 position available, either the Program or Adventure position. Applications will be considered until positions are filled.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, three references to:

Ashley Bozman, Fellowship Coordinator, Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center
bozman@ospreywilds.org |(320) 245-2648 ext. 111 | www.ospreywilds.org