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Summer 2022 Naturalists


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 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 the time of employment
  • Current First Aid/CPR/AED certification
  • Working towards a Bachelors 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.

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 a 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 the 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 the time of employment.
  • Working towards a Bachelors’s degree at an accredited college or university.
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Wilderness Water Safety by the time of employment (Wilderness Water Safety can be acquired during staff training)
  • 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.

Wages and Benefits: $320 per week, paid bi-weekly. Wolf Ridge provides room and board.

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To apply for either of these positions, please complete an online application.

To learn more about our summer camp program visit wolf-ridge.org/camp.