Overview

The Minnesota Valley Trust, a nonprofit partner of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, seeks to employ a team of Environmental Education Teaching Interns in full-time paid internships in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Interns will gain hands-on, real world experiences working with and assisting professional environmental education staff from the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in leading education programs online and in person, developing curriculum, and maintaining educational resources. Additional opportunities exist to assist Refuge staff with events. As we plan for teaching in the time of COVID-19, we expect that some of the teaching experience will take place via online platforms. Come learn new skills in environmental education!

Qualifications: We are looking for resourceful applicants who are working toward or recently completed a degree and have a passion for connecting kids to the outdoors. Interns will need to work both independently and in small groups, both through in-person teaching and using digital conferencing platforms. Comfort in front of a camera and basic digital content development skills are desired.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge prioritizes working with teachers and schools with diverse student bodies and a high proportion of students who receive free and reduced lunch. We seek to build a team of interns with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Applicants who can demonstrate cultural competence, including personal lived experiences and experience working with students from diverse cultures are encouraged to apply.

Dates, hours & location of work: Anticipated period of work is Sept 7, 2021-Sept 2, 2022. Work hours generally will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; some weekend and evening hours may be needed for events. Work may be virtual because of COVID-19. When in-person work is possible, work locations will be at the visitor centers in Bloomington and Carver.

Compensation: $15.50/hour plus benefits (paid time off and paid holidays, employer pays 80% of health insurance premium, 50% of dental insurance premium, 100% of life and disability insurance premium, and employer matches employee retirement contribution up to 3% of wages).

To apply for a Teaching Internship: Please submit the following by July 16, 2021:

1) Position Application at https://forms.gle/mGTK7juDMkogDS7c6

2) One-page cover letter describing personal background and interests

3) Detailed résumé noting education, experience, and skills

4) List of three references

 

Contact Cortney Solum at 612-246-0337 or cortney_solum@fws.gov, for more information.

Tagged as: environmental education, interpretation, natural resources, outdoor education, teaching

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.