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Naturalist Fellowship

Gain practical experience as a naturalist while you develop and improve your interpretive teaching techniques and expand your knowledge of natural history through a twelve-month 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 programs and 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.
 
Duration: June 10, 2021 through June 3, 2022.
 
 
Responsibilities:
·        Learn and present natural history, environmental, and agricultural education programs to children and adults through various media
·        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 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: 
  • $200 (before taxes) per week
  • On-site housing with internet access
  • Training from professional naturalists and teachers
 
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 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, evenings, and weekends
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
 
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 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
  • Experience in developing and leading virtual presentations
 
Application Process:
What we need:
 
Required materials need to be sent either through snail mail or electronically to: 
           Teresa Root
           Naturalist Fellowship Coordinator
           365 Marie Ave. West
           West St. Paul, MN 55118
 
           troot@dodgenaturecenter.org.
 
Deadline: February 26, 2021