Wolf Ridge
 

Summer Naturalists


ALL POSITIONS FILLED FOR SUMMER 2017.  Check back next year.

Teach outdoor, cultural history and nature-themed activities to people of all ages, including campers, family members (pre-school to grandparents) and youth groups.  Some positions specialize in teaching at the organic farm, traditional skills and crafts, partnering with local resorts or parks and working with specialty camps.

 

summer naturalist

General Duties of Summer Naturalist

  • Serve as role model for students and peers: display maturity, responsibility, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sound judgment
  • Teach Wolf Ridge summer program classes to diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Expectation is that class is of high quality that may require preparation time. Summer programs include Wolf Ridge Summer Youth Program, Road Scholars, Family Camp, visiting summer school programs, and Wilderness Trips
  • Teach/work 10-14 periods per week. A period may include 3-hour long daytime classes, van driving, evening naturalist presentations, 1.5- hour-long evening activities, and astronomy
  • Possibilities for specialization are available in traditional skill and crafts, farm education and specialty camps such as survival camp, rock climbing camp and more.
  • Other projects may be substituted for teaching when necessary to fill out the workweek
  • Participate in staff training and orientation
  • Be flexible to accommodate the needs of different programs
  • Understand and adhere to all Wolf Ridge policies

 

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be 21 years of age or older at time of employment
  • Working towards a Bachelors degree at an accredited college or university
  • At least two (2) years or equivalent of experience teaching environmental and/or outdoor education
  • Familiar with the Residential Environmental Education Center and/or Overnight Environmental Education Camp model and the responsibilities therein

credit academy naturalist

General Duties of Credit Academy Naturalist

The Credit Academy Naturalist is responsible for the daily teaching, support, and curriculum needed to incorporate middle school and high school academic camps into the overall summer camp program.  Topics may include freshwater ecology, environmental ethics, forest management, research techniques, biology and animal ecology.  Participants in these programs earn middle school, high school and/or college credits for their participation.

  • Serve as role model for students: display maturity, responsibility, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sound judgment.
  • Teach and assist with curricula and lessons, in line with the state of Minnesota Academic Standards, to allow students to gain knowledge and background in Northern Minnesota Ecology and Environmental Ethics.  This includes both teaching onsite at Wolf Ridge and offsite in the BWCAW, Isle Royale National Park and/or other offsite locations.
  • Co-coordinate research projects, offsite trips and professional speakers for program participants.
  • Work with the Credit Academy Coordinator to provide written curriculum and lesson plans for all activities and programs taught.
  • Participate in staff training and orientation.
  • Act as guardian for teen campers while Credit Academy program is in session,
  • Be flexible to accommodate the needs of different programs.
  • Understand and adhere to all Wolf Ridge policies.
  • Provide contact to parents and guardians of campers during registration and disciplinary actions.
  • Assist in the support of Credit Academy counselors including assisting with discipline of participants, substituting as an instructor if necessary, approving curricula, and providing advice on job related skills.
  • Assist in the management of campers, including scheduling, room assignments, discipline, and medical concerns.
  • Provide feedback to Credit Academy Coordinator about participants of the Credit Academy Program.

 

 Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be 21 years of age or older at time of employment.
  • Working towards a Bachelors degree at an accredited college or university.
  • At least two (2) years of experience teaching environmental and/or outdoor education.
  • Experience with residential camping or wilderness trip programs, working with children, wilderness trips, leadership experience in school and community, background or interest in natural history, ecology and/or environmental education.

 

naturalist on the shore

General Duties of Naturalist on the Shore

Wolf Ridge partners with Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte, MN to provide naturalist programs to their guests. The position will give an experienced naturalist a chance to create programs for families in a tourism based setting. Each of the two people hired for this position this position will spend about half of their programming time at Bluefin Bay working with the resort audiences and half at Wolf Ridge with our camps, groups, and family audiences.

At Bluefin Bay Resort:

  • Plan for, supply, and present a variety of programs to Bluefin guests, including nature hikes, kids programs, evening campfire programs, and educational animal presentations.
  • Coordinate program topics in conjunction with Bluefin staff.
  • Research local areas and learn about their natural and cultural history in order to incorporate accurate information into programs.
  • Create hands-on educational activities that provide opportunities for Bluefin guests to connect with and learn about the north shore area.
  • Drive the Bluefin Van with guests as passengers, following Bluefin’s driving protocols.
  • Keep records of program attendance and programs presented.

At Wolf Ridge:

  • Serve as role model for students and peers: display maturity, responsibility, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sound judgment.
  • Teach Wolf Ridge summer program classes to diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Expectation is that class is of high quality that may require preparation time. Summer programs include Wolf Ridge Summer Youth Program, Road Scholars, Family Camp, visiting summer school programs, and Wilderness Trips.
  • Teach/work 10-14 periods per week (about half will take place at Bluefin Bay). A period may include 3-hour long daytime classes, van driving, evening naturalist presentations, 1.5- hour-long evening activities, and astronomy.
  • Other projects may be substituted for teaching when necessary to fill out the work-week.
  • Participate in staff training and orientation.
  • Be flexible to accommodate the needs of different audiences and programs.
  • Understand and adhere to all Wolf Ridge policies.

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be 21 years of age or older at time of employment.
  • Working towards a Bachelors degree at an accredited college or university.
  • At least two (2) years or equivalent of experience teaching environmental and/or outdoor education.
  • Familiar with the Residential Environmental Education Center and/or Overnight Environmental Education Camp model and the responsibilities therein.
  • Be comfortable adjusting interpretive programs to a variety of ages, abilities, weather conditions, and number of participants.

school programs onsite coordinator

General Duties of Summer Programs Onsite Coordinator

  • Serve as role model for students and peers: display maturity, responsibility, flexibility, enthusiasm, and sound judgment
  • Work closely with the Program coordinator to facilitate a positive experience for visiting groups.
  • Act as a liaison between Wolf Ridge and visiting groups.  Build relationships with visiting groups.
  • Teach Wolf Ridge summer program classes to diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Expectation is that class is of high quality that may require preparation time. Summer programs include Wolf Ridge Summer Youth Program, Road Scholars, Family Camp, visiting summer school programs, and Wilderness Trips
  • Teach/work 6-14 periods per week depending on other duties. A period may include 3-hour long daytime classes, van driving, evening naturalist presentations, 1.5- hour-long evening activities, and astronomy
  • Other projects may be substituted for teaching when necessary to fill out the workweek
  • Participate in staff training and orientation
  • Be flexible to accommodate the needs of different programs
  • Understand and adhere to all Wolf Ridge policies

Required Qualifications & Skills

  • Proof of CPR and first aid training
  • Willingness to receive life guarding and/or wilderness water safety certification
  • Display enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control; and be in good physical and emotional health
  • Take the initiative to see problems, find solutions, and make recommendations as it relates to 
your area of responsibility
  • Maintain a professional appearance; and possess good character, integrity, and flexibility
  • Responsible, hard-working and detail oriented
  • Minimum age 21

to apply

To apply for a position, please complete an online application