Naturalist Fellowship

The Naturalist Fellowship program is a 12-month long learning opportunity for college graduates to develop knowledge of natural history and skills in interpretive teaching. 

Position Details
Duration June 10, 2020 - June 4, 2021
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 practical experience as a naturalist while you develop and improve your interpretive teaching techniques and expand your knowledge of natural history through a 12-month long Fellowship at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, MN. We provide environmental education and outdoor education experiences for thousands of people each year through our school programs and public events. A fellowship at Dodge Nature Center will provide you with opportunities to work with diverse audiences of all ages and to teach a wide variety of natural history, environmental, and agricultural topics.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn and present environmental and agricultural education programs to children and adults
  • Present public programs and lead educational portion of birthday parties
  • Lead afterschool and outreach programs
  • Assist in developing and implementing camps
  • Participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in discussions, educational and natural history activities, and completing assignments
  • Assist with care and feeding of educational and farm animals
  • Participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects, restoration activities, promotion, and maintenance of equipment and materials
  • Attend and participate in staff trainings and meetings

Compensation:

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

Qualifications


Requirements:

  • 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
  • Live on-site in a coed 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 troot@dodgenaturecenter.org by February 28, 2020 or until the positions are filled.

Required Documents:

Resume
Completed questionnaire

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