Position Description: Fellows develop teaching, interpretive, and public relations techniques rooted in principles of environmental education during this year-long, residential program. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and through instructing our hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based classes. Professional growth and learning is accomplished through direct teaching experience supported by staff, professional workshops, and a series of observations and evaluations.
Teach adventure, science, and cultural history classes to a variety of audiences (primary audience is 4th – 8th grades)
Set-up and clean-up of classes; inventory class supplies and kits
Learn and present one-hour evening Naturalist Programs
Host visiting groups and schools, serving as their point of contact for Eagle Bluff
Orient groups about Eagle Bluff’s policies and procedures as necessary
Be on call for group needs via radio or telephone, including overnight
Facilitate mealtimes and coordination between groups
Assist with gift shop and other ancillary activities as needed
Set up and clean up evening activities (i.e. movie, owl pellets); lead evening campfires, as scheduled
*Some teaching and liaison duties may be modified, altered, or discontinued due to COVID-19
Education Department Team Member
Demonstrate professionalism and show sincerity/sensitivity especially in areas of participant experience
Show a commitment to individual and organizational growth and improvement; be flexible and maintain a positive attitude and composure when working alone/in teams, receiving constructive criticism, and during times of stress; show dependability in attendance
Attend weekly Education Department meetings
Participate in campus projects, including but not limited to, general and class maintenance, care of resident education animals (raptors, skunk, and reptiles), land management, invasive species removal, and more as necessary
Work up to one weekend a month
Undergo COVID-19 tests as needed to ensure safety and health of all staff and users
Graduate Student/Fellowship Participant
Participate in graduate level seminars throughout the year, including Fundamentals of Environmental Education, Certified Interpretive Guide, Introduction to SE Minnesota Natural History, and Introduction to Program Design.
All Fellowship participants attend all seminars and trainings, but there is the option to receive graduate level credits from Hamline University for seminar participation. Individuals must have a college degree in order to receive the credits, but it is not a requirement of the job to have one.
Continually sharpen skills by attending trainings, participating in monthly observations & evaluations (e.g. formal, peer, self, etc.), reviewing individual feedback, and setting monthly and yearly goals.
Summer Camp Counselor
Plan and lead at least one summer camp. Assist with at least two others.
All other duties as assigned.
Must be at least 21 years old by start date.
Able to commit to August 14th 2022 - August 4th, 2023
Be 21 years of age by August 14th, 2022
Interested and excited about facilitating positive, outdoor experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds
Communicate clearly, effectively, and tactfully; active listener and collaborator
High level of self-motivation and enthusiasm; an eagerness and willingness to learn
Ability to live on-site in a dormitory communal setting with 11 other Fellowship members
First Aid certified.
B.A. or B.S. degree or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education
Related experience as a naturalist, interpreter, camp counselor, trip leader, or other leadership roles
Experience working with children
Experience operating high ropes courses, rock climbing walls, canoeing, and other outdoor recreation activities
About Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is a private, non-profit, accredited school that empowers people to care for the earth and each other.