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.
General Duties of Summer Naturalist
- Serve as a 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. The expectation is that the 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 three-hour long daytime classes, van driving, evening naturalist presentations, one-and-a-half-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 work week.
- 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 the time of employment
- Current First Aid/CPR/AED certification
- Working toward a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university
- At least two (2) years or the 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
Wages and Benefits: $300 a week, paid bi-weekly. Wolf Ridge provides room and board.
About Wolf Ridge
Established in 1971, Wolf Ridge was the first environmental learning center (ELC) in the country to be accredited as a K-12 school. We’re recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental education. Our experienced naturalists work with school groups looking for outdoor, hands-on learning. We offer over 50+ lessons that build awareness, curiosity, and sensitivity to the natural world. In the process, we promote self-awareness and leadership. Wolf Ridge operations are conducted on a 2,000-acre main campus in Finland, Minnesota with a 400-bed facility, along with a 68-acre Lake Superior campus just down the road.