Job Opportunity: Seasonal Naturalist – Long Lake Conservation Center

Long Lake Conservation Center LogoSeasonal Naturalist
Long Lake Conservation Center
Palisade, Minnesota

Long Lake Conservation Center is seeking candidates for the Seasonal Naturalist Position

Seasonal Naturalist Job Summary
Seasonal Naturalists at Long Lake both learn and teach. They learn through observation of and interaction with our creative and dynamic staff of Naturalists. They teach by sharing knowledge with students, and also by bringing fresh insights and individual expertise to our community.

Long Lake Conservation Center is a Residential Environmental Learning Center located in the North woods of Minnesota, only a couple hours from the Twin Cities, and in the heart of Aitkin County. Long Lake provides unique, hands on learning experiences. With environmental education opportunities for students of any age; Long Lake encourages the exploration, conservation, education, and appreciation of nature.

Long Lake is Minnesota’s original environmental learning center. Since 1963, Long Lake has been dedicated to youth environmental education and offers school programs for beyond the classroom learning. “The Long Lake Field Study” school program is tailored to individual visiting student groups with fully accredited classes taught by professional and seasonal naturalists.

In addition to “The Long Lake Field Study,” Long Lake provides opportunities to explore and admire the natural world for all audiences. Long Lake offers facility rental, retreat accommodations, and/or educational programming to interested parties. Furthermore, as the flagship of Aitkin County’s park system, Long Lake is open to the public for adult and family classes, community programming, and access to miles of hiking and ski trails. There is always something to see, do, and learn at Long Lake!

Seasonal Naturalists come to Long Lake for an entire academic year, September through May. It is also possible to spend either the fall or spring term. Seasonal Naturalists may also return for an additional academic year.

Essential Functions:
Seasonal Naturalist responsibilities:

  • Care for the health, safety, enjoyment, and enrichment of our visiting students.
  • Observe, take notes, and teach classes.
  • Teach and lead classes independently, after exposure to the curriculum.
  • Work weekends on a rotating basis.
  • Willingly work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Assist in all aspects of the education department (critter care, equipment upkeep, etc.).

A Seasonal Naturalist receives the following from their experience at Long Lake:

  • Semester to school year long stay at Long Lake Conservation Center, located in Minnesota’s North woods in Palisade, MN. Room and board is included with the position. Seasonal Naturalists live on Long Lake campus in a private apartment at the south end of the North Star Lodge. (The apartment has private sleeping quarters, and shared living space. Computer with internet access is available.)
  • Training in environmental education from experienced, professional naturalists. Teaching experience; Seasonal Naturalists teach environmental education, outdoor recreation, and skills classes to Long Lake participants. The typical Long Lake student audience is elementary to middle school students.
  • Opportunities to develop and share interpretative programs geared for the public and members of Long Lake.
  • Professional development. Seasonal Naturalists develop their own projects to complete in their time at Long Lake to advance their learning and contribute to Long Lake; from creating a new class program to developing a self guided trail, the opportunities are limitless.
  • In addition, Seasonal Naturalists receive First Aid/CPR training, go on staff field trips, and have the opportunity to attend workshops. Lastly, they receive formal evaluations to guide their learning process and develop their teaching methods and interpretation skills.

Minimum Qualifications:
Seasonal Naturalists are often recent graduates or students with bachelor’s degrees (or pursuing) in biological sciences, environmental education, recreation, or related fields. We also consider applicants from a wider variety of fields. Responsibilities/privileges may vary according to prior experience.

Candidates are considered as applications are received (first-come, first-served basis). Positions are now available for the 2016-2017 academic year. Seasonal Naturalists come to Long Lake for an entire academic year, September through May.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, résumé, and three references to:
Courtney Dowell, Education Director


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