The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. (MVT) is hiring a full-time, two-year paid
Community Outreach Apprentice to be stationed at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife
Refuge (Refuge) to support the efforts of the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP).
Minnesota Valley is one of 14 priority urban refuges in the nation. Nestled in the shadows of
skyscrapers 14,000 acres of wild space starts just 5 miles from the Mall of America and less than
15 miles from the heart of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). This special setting provides the
Urban Outreach team a unique opportunity to plan nature-based programs, outdoor recreation
experiences and environmental career exploration opportunities to communities throughout the
The Community Outreach Apprentice will be an employee of MVT, a nonprofit conservation
organization based in the Twin Cities. Over two years, the apprentice will work alongside and
learn from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) professionals to:
• Assist in developing and presenting engaging outreach programs for youth and families
• Maintain and build new relationships with a diverse set of partners
• Attend community events and festivals with staff and volunteers to provide refuge information
and nature-based activities
• Identify and complete a robust project based on personal interests, professional development
goals and refuge need
• Explore various career paths and network with local employers within the field of natural
• Assist in production of a variety of communication tools including flyers, newsletters, social
media posts, and activity reports
• Identify areas for professional growth, develop and complete a training plan that addresses
•Post-secondary education desirable (degree obtained or in progress)
•Knowledge of and/or strong interest in one or more of the following: natural resource management, wildlife management, biology, community outreach, or environmental education
•Good communication skills: ability to communicate well verbally and in writing•Ability to work both as a member of a team and independently
•Enthusiasm for working outside and a positive attitude
•Willingness to learn new skills and build cultural competencies
•Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends
•Experience working with children and/or people from diverse cultures
•Bilingual in Spanish, Karen, Hmong or Somali and English is a plus, but not required
•Valid driver’s license preferred
•US Citizen or permanent resident of the United States
•Compliance with Federal Covid-19 safety protocols, including vaccine mandate
Start Date, Compensation and Benefits:
Start Date: January 24, 2022 End Date: January 20, 2024
Wage: $16.00 per hour with a wage increase year 2 based on positive performance. Benefits: Paid time off, federal holidays, employer contribution to health, dental, life and disability insurance, employer match to retirement plan. Uniform components and required field gear provided.Note: Public Land Corps Hiring Authority may apply: Apprentices may be eligible for a federal hiring preference upon completion of their term of service.
Apprentices receive training in first aid, defensive driving, trailering and shuttle bus driving,
and non-motorized watercraft operation. They will also attend the 2022 Federal Intern
Workshop to learn more about federal careers and the federal application process. Additional
trainings pertinent to building specific career skills will be determined by the apprentice and
supervisor. The apprentices will also have the opportunity to network with other MVT
employees and USFWS staff, interns, and volunteers, as well as local area partners such as the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa, city
and county conservation agencies, and non-government and non-profit conservation groups.
Your application must be received by 5:00 pm, November 8, 2021.
Submit the following information in ONE document. 1) 1-page cover letter
explaining interest in the position 2) Resume noting education, experience, and
skills 3) List of three references (professional and/or academic) @
or mail your application materials to:
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Attention Apprenticeships, 3815
American Blvd East, Bloomington MN 55425.
Please direct any questions by email to email@example.com.
The Minnesota Valley Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran
or disability status. Persons who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply, as are members of
groups that are historically under-represented in conservation careers.
About Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Minnesota Valley Trust
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a premier urban wildlife refuge located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. With two visitor and education centers in Bloomington and Carver, MN, the refuge provides many opportunities for residents to connect with nature. The 15,000-acre wildlife refuge is a haven to bald eagles, river otters, waterfowl, and a variety of other wildlife. Refuge habitat is a mixture of wetlands, floodplain and upland forest, oak savanna, and prairie along the Minnesota River.
The Minnesota Valley Trust, Inc. was created in 2000 through a settlement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to "mitigate the impact on the Refuge of the north-south runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport". It is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation.