Dodge Nature Center

Posted 1 month ago

West St. Paul, MN

Gain practical experience as a naturalist while you develop and improve your interpretive teaching techniques and expand your knowledge of natural history through a nine-month long Fellowship at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, MN. We provide environmental education and outdoor education experiences for thousands of people each year through our school programs and public events. A fellowship at Dodge Nature Center will provide you with opportunities to work with diverse audiences of all ages and to teach a wide variety of natural history, environmental, and agricultural topics.

Duration: June 10, 2020 through June 4, 2021.


  • Learn and present environmental and agricultural education programs to children and adults
  • Present public programs and lead educational portion of birthday parties
  • Lead afterschool and outreach programs
  • Assist in developing and implementing fall and spring camps
  • Participate in weekly training seminars by taking part in discussions, educational and natural history activities, and completing assignments
  • Assist with care and feeding of educational and farm animals
  • Participate in seasonal special events, seasonal projects, restoration activities, promotion, and maintenance of equipment and materials
  • Attend and participate in staff trainings and meetings


  • $350 (before taxes) every two weeks
  • On-site housing with internet access
  • Training from professional naturalists and teachers
  • One-year membership in the Minnesota Naturalist Association


  • B.A or B.S. degree, related field preferred
  • Experience teaching or working with children
  • High level of self-motivation, flexibility, enthusiasm, willingness to learn and perform a variety of duties
  • Live on-site in a co-ed housing environment with three other Naturalist Fellows
  • Basic knowledge of general natural history topics
  • Ability to work a nine-month term, with responsibilities that include weekdays, evening and weekends.

 Physical requirements:

Work outdoors year-round in any kind of weather. Traverse hilly, natural terrain for up to four hours.  Drive a vehicle.  Work with live animals. Work in an office and use a computer, phone, and other office equipment.  Lift and carry displays or equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Work several hours at a time in barns with farm animals, hay and straw.

Preferred but not required:

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • First Aid and CPR Certification



Application Process:

Send the following items to:

Peter Cleary

Director of Environmental Education

365 Marie Ave. West

West St. Paul, MN 55118

or electronically to


Application deadline is February 28, 2020