Professional Naturalist Fellowship

  • Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center
  • Lanesboro, MN 55949, USA
  • Feb 08, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education - Interpretation Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

An Experiential Environmental Educator Training Program

Hone your talents. Improve your skills. Learn from professionals. Leave your mark as a participant in the Professional Naturalist Fellowship. Spend a year facilitating amazing experiences for students while you develop teaching and public relations skills and opt to earn an Environmental Education Certificate that will prepare you for success as an environmental educator. 

The fellowship begins and ends in August and Naturalists are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and classes during the year. They learn by doing, through direct teaching experience guided by staff support, trainings, and a series of evaluations. 

Eagle Bluff's primary audience (80% of visitors) is 4th - 8th grade students who participate in our overnight, Residential Program with their school. However, visiting students can range from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Other audiences include scout troops, church groups, at-risk youth, summer camps, corporate groups, family and adult weekends, and college classes. 

To learn more about our programs explore our website, especially our education programs, summer camps, and events.


  • Able to commit to August 12th, 2018 to August 9th, 2019
  • B.A. or B.S. degree, related field preferred
  • Ability to live on-site in a dormitory-like setting
  • Experience working with children
  • High level of self-motivation and enthusiasm; an eagerness and willingness to learn
  • Current CPR and Standard First Aid certification
  • Comfortable in moving water and able to hike long distances
  • Willing to operate and participate in high ropes courses and rock climbing wall
  • Related experience as a naturalist, interpreter,  camp counselor, trip leader, or other leadership roles is a plus, but not required.

Compensation and Amenities

Participants receive an $850/month stipend for living expenses and to apply toward the cost of graduate credit or certifications. In addition, participants live in a private wing of the dormitory. Bedrooms are private with a bathroom/suite shared with one other person.  All 12 participants share a common living room, dining room, kitchen, and laundry. As additional compensation, meals are provided when visiting groups are in residence as are food staples for use in the staff kitchen. Along with room and board, Naturalists are offered paid sick time, paid holidays, limited paid vacation time, personal voicemail, internet access, staff gear, and use of Eagle Bluff's recreational equipment.

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Participants receive an $850/month stipend