Naturalist Fellowship

The Naturalist Fellowship program is a 9 month long learning opportunity for college graduates to develop knowledge of natural history and skills in interpretive teaching. 

Position Details
Duration September 3, 2019 - June 4, 2020
Position Type Fellowship
Additional Details $350 (before taxes) every two weeks and housing provided
Location Main Property
365 Marie Avenue West, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Contact Number 651-455-4531

Position Description

Gain experience in environmental education, by joining the Naturalist Fellowship. As a naturalist, you will develop and improve your interpretive teaching techniques, and expand your knowledge of natural history. This fellowship will provide you with opportunities to work with diverse audiences of all ages, and to teach a variety of natural history, environmental, and agricultural topics. Experience is gained in multiple areas applicable to working in the naturalist field in particular, and the education field in general.


  • Learn and present environmental and agricultural education programs to children and adults
  • Develop and implement fall, spring, and summer camps
  • Present public programs and lead educational portion of birthday parties
  • Lead afterschool and outreach programs
  • Assist with care and feeding of educational and farm animals
  • Participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in discussions, educational and natural history activities, and completing assignments
  • Complete an independent study in a specific area of interest
  • Participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects, restoration activities, promotion, and maintenance of equipment and materials
  • Attend and participate in staff trainings and meetings


  • $350 (before taxes) every two weeks
  • On-site housing with internet access
  • Learn from professional naturalists and teachers
  • Office workspace
  • One-year membership in the Minnesota Naturalist Association



  • B.A. or B.S. degree, related field preferred
  • Experience teaching or working with children
  • High level of self-motivation, flexibility, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and perform a variety of duties
  • Ability to live on-site in a co-ed housing environment with three other Naturalist Fellows
  • Basic knowledge of general natural history topics
  • Ability to work a twelve-month term, with responsibilities that include weekdays, evening and weekends.


Physical requirements:

Work outdoors year-round in any kind of weather. Traverse hilly, natural terrain for up to four hours. Drive a vehicle. Work with live animals. Work in an office and use a computer, phone, and other office equipment. Lift and carry displays or equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Work several hours at a time in barns with farm animals, hay and straw.

Preferred but not required:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • First Aid and CPR Certification

How to Apply

Send the following documents to Teresa Root, Naturalist Fellowship Coordinator, 365 Marie Avenue West, West St. Paul, MN 55118 or electronically to by March 8, 2019 or until the positions are filled.

Required Documents:

Cover letter
Completed questionnaire

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