At the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center, we believe in the transformative power of nature and the profound impact it can have on individuals. As a Field Instructor, you are not just a guide; you are a catalyst for change, creating safe and life-changing experiences that will often leave a lasting impact on ELC students.
In this pivotal role, you will be at the forefront of facilitating and preparing a diverse range of outdoor programs. From Core programming to Intro programming, Explore programs, Young Explorer, and Tiny Tree programs, you will be instrumental in providing a spectrum of opportunities for our students to connect with nature, learn, and grow. Your dedication to fostering a love for the environment will contribute to shaping the next generation of environmental stewards.
This is more than just a job; it’s a dedication to our ELC community and outreach. As a full-time Field Instructor, you’ll not only immerse yourself in the beauty of outdoor education but also take on responsibilities like administrative tasks, delivering impactful public presentations, actively participating in collaborative meetings, and ensuring the smooth functioning and maintenance of equipment and resources. Amid these commitments to the ELC and our community, you’ll also experience an incredible degree of freedom and flexibility in your role.
Your passion for the environment will be contagious, inspiring those around you to appreciate and cherish the natural world. Join us at the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center, where every day is an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and the community we serve.
At the heart of our mission is the commitment to helping students become the best version of themselves possible. We believe in fostering an environment that respects differences and embraces diversity. By instilling values of inclusivity and understanding, we empower our students not only to thrive in the natural world but also to contribute positively to a diverse and interconnected society. Join us in shaping not just environmental stewards, but compassionate and empowered individuals who make a difference in their communities and beyond. Together, let’s build a legacy of environmental education that extends far beyond the confines of the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center.
• Conducting course facilitation and preparation for core, elective and specialized programs (Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Whitewater Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Bike Touring, Biking, Creeking, Sailing, among others).
• Ensure safety of all students and staff
• Engaging in various organizational duties
• Create and participate in public presentations and meetings with various stakeholders
• Order, maintain and repair various ELC equipment and resources.
• Promote ELC programs and events online, through publications, and with media and community organizations.
• Serve as an ambassador for the ELC while in the public.
o Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in relevant field from a four-year college or university
o NOLS Graduate
o Equivalent Experience
• Multiple years of outdoor-related experience.
• Outdoor Skills: Proficiency in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, sea kayaking, biking, etc
• Competency in a wide variety of soft skills, including but not limited to outdoor leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
About Red Wing Environmental Learning Center
Established in 1970, the Red Wing Environmental Learning Center (ELC) stands as a source of inspiration for outdoor education, particularly for the youth in the Red Wing area. Committed to fostering a deep appreciation for the outdoors, the ELC goes beyond traditional learning by providing unique, high-quality, experiential, and adventure skill-based programs. We recognize the profound impact that outdoor activities can and do have on the positive development of young individuals.
For over five decades, the ELC has been a leader in outdoor education in the state of Minnesota, focusing on the essential life skills of participants ages 8 to 18. Leadership, problem-solving, perseverance, teamwork, communication, and acceptance of diversity are not just ELC skills but are essential life skills.
The ELC's dedication to hands-on experiential learning aligns with the ancient Chinese proverb, "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."