Conservation Begins Here.
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
An incredible environmental education opportunity! Gain experience as a Park Ranger/Naturalist and provide exciting, engaging, and educational programs for kids. Work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, local school district, and the internationally recognized Prairie Science Class partnership at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Develop mentoring relationships with these students who attend school outside in the prairie daily. Witness and participate in the prairie gradually transitioning from deep winter through mid-spring.
Prairie Wetland Learning Center Environmental Education Intern Job Description:
• Observe and assist teaching 4th/5th graders in the Prairie Science Class partnership (indoors and outside).
• Prepare and conduct seasonal day use and residential educational programs for various age groups, preschool through 5th grade, visiting the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center for field trips with experienced U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff.
• Develop naturalist skills including observation, questioning, patience, respect, stillness, curiosity, attentiveness, and wonder.
• Become an inquisitive student of the prairie pothole region through outdoor exploration and place-based learning, phenological study, field journaling, and studying naturalists. This innovative approach, called The Compass to Nature, was developed at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. and is applicable to any geographic location, all seasons, and any age.
• Help greenhouse naturalist by watering native plants on weekends, prepping for planting days, and preparing teaching materials.
• Plan and provide educational outreach at community events for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
• Participate in training, cross-program experiences with the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, and mentoring program.
• Assist with other visitor services operations, such as…
- Monitoring winter safety by measuring and reporting pond ice thickness.
- Staﬃng visitor center front desk.
- Independently opening and closing learning center.
- Monitoring nesting boxes and gourds through citizen science projects.
- Entering citizen science date into Nature’s Notebook database
This Position provides:
– $200 weekly Living Allowance
– $650 one-time to/from Travel Allowance
– Free, modern, on-site housing
– Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award ($1,678.57 – dependent on availability at the time of candidate selection)
– Ongoing on-the-job training and formal mentoring program provided through the entire internship (see ‘Training Opportunities’).
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*
It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.
Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine; OR Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.
- Prairie Pothole Region of Western Minnesota
- First week training and orientation to site, area, and position. Ongoing on-the-job training provided through entire internship. Special training opportunities as available but not guaranteed.
- Fishing (ice fishing and shore), cross country skiing, downhill skiing, sledding, tubing, camping, hiking, bicycling, birdwatching, nature photography, hunting, community theater and arts, live music, community events.