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Naturalist Internships (Adventure, Program and Wildlife Focus Internships Available)

Position: Naturalist Internship
Type: internship with weekly stipend, private room, more (see below)
Organization: Audubon Center of the North Woods
Location: Sandstone, Minnesota, United States

MushroomTreeEstablished in 1968, the Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 residential environmental learning center (RELC) and green retreat & conference center on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN – 90 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We offer a variety of outdoor and environmental education experiences for people of all ages – youth, families and adults – and are an ideal K12 school field trips and student travel destination. In addition to our on-site programs and camps, ACNW provides outreach programs throughout the region. Our 535 acre campus is a diverse mix of hardwoods, pine plantation, prairie, and wetland on the east shore of Grindstone Lake.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, ACNW serves as a field campus for various community colleges and Hamline University. We have over 40 years of environmental education experience and an incredible variety of programs and audiences. Working at ACNW is a one-of-a-kind internship opportunity! We hope you will consider becoming part of our dynamic education team.


  • BA or BS degree
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Enjoyment of and experience working with children in an educational outdoor setting
  • Ability to be innovative, flexible, and self-directed
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication
  • Consistent professionalism
  • Basic knowledge of and curiosity about the natural and cultural history of this region
  • Open-minded and personable with a light-hearted sense of humor
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, and spend long hours on your feet

Intern Duties include:

  • Instruct environmental and adventure classes for diverse groups
  • Serve as liaison for school and weekend groups
  • Represent ACNW and interact with the public at key events
  • Focus on one of the following areas: Wildlife and Animal Care; Adventure & Outdoor Education; Environmental Education Program Management & Marketing; or Center Operations & Stewardship
  • Work weekends and evenings as needed, including serving on-call overnight
  • Maintain living quarters and center grounds (split wood, shovel snow, clear trails, etc.)
  • Assist in event planning, facilitation, and evaluation
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Broad natural history background training
  • Teaching experience covering groups of diverse ages and backgrounds
  • Hands-on, behind the scenes knowledge of what it takes to run a residential environmental education center (fundraising, budgets, marketing, etc.)
  • $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

Position Dates:

This internship begins August 14, 2017, and runs through June 8, 2018.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until 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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GoodWork ID: 37391       Date posted to Jan 6 2017