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Director of Operations

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (, a private non-profit and accredited school, seeks an experienced leader who builds equitable, inclusive, and diverse teams and has demonstrated success achieving the innovative, effective, and efficient use of campus facilities. This role serves the fulfillment of hosting hundreds of guests each week, mostly children, providing high levels of hospitality for one of the largest accredited residential centers in the nation. This position leads and supports a team of department managers and provides work direction for many more that hosts thousands of guests year-round for nationally-acclaimed environmental education programming. Guests range from K–12 children to inter-generational family groups, conferences, and collegiate graduate students. Wolf Ridge operations are conducted on a 2,000-acre main campus with a 400-bed facility and a 68-acre Lake Superior Field Station. This position qualifies for the center’s outstanding benefits package.

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How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following to Executive Director Peter Smerud at

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • A minimum of three reference contacts with relationship descriptions
  • A Wolf Ridge employment application must also be completed

To apply, please complete an online application.  For questions, call 218-353-7414

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.

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