SEASONAL NATURALIST PROGRAM - Now accepting applications!
(mid-May to mid-August 2014)
(August 24, 2014 -August 14, 2015)
Trees For Tomorrow is seeking highly motivated individuals who would like to gain experience teaching people of all ages about the wise use and proper management of natural resources. Our seasonal naturalists are career development positions which let you experience first hand whether teaching about and in the outdoors is for you. You will work side-by-side with professional foresters, naturalists and environmental educators. You will also meet a variety of professionals in the natural resources and environmental fields that we rely on for expert advice and assistance.
The program begins with a first week of extensive training in our curriculum and teaching programs within the first few weeks. Soon you will also be giving evening naturalist programs, teaching a variety of indoor and outdoor classes, and assisting with other duties on which our school depends. During the winter you will be teaching cross-country ski techniques and leading ski tours that blend in natural resource education. By spring you will be teaching a host of other programs. You will learn to lead bog studies, Northwoods tree identification, orienteering, wildlife programs on wolves, beaver, and bats, as well as water resource activities on area lakes and rivers. Throughout the program time, seasonal naturalists identify a special project to work on which may include curriculum development, display creation, trail development, or anything else we identify is an interest to you and Trees For Tomorrow will benefit from.
- Teaching a variety of educational activities for diverse audiences, both inside and outside.
- Designing and developing an interpretive project or educational curriculum activity for use in the ongoing programs at Trees For Tomorrow.
- Having your teaching style evaluated by professional staff.
- Gaining experience in animal care and handling for programs.
- Learning about the natural history and resource management techniques of Wisconsin's Northwoods.
- Writing for Northbound, a quarterly news magazine, about natural resource and environmental issues published by Trees For Tomorrow.
- Gaining computer and audio-visual skills.
- Networking with resource professionals from the U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and a variety of forest products industries, to gain a perspective on natural resource careers.
- Additional learning opportunities through off-site educational workshops, in-house special programs and staff enrichment sessions.
- Planning and presenting family and youth summer programs.
- Making new friends and lifelong memories while doing a little hard work in Wisconsin's Northwoods!
- Meeting course requirements as requested by your college or university, if necessary.
- Housing and most food.
- Minimum stipend of $850 per month of program with basic First Aid/CPR Certification.
- Incentive pay if you have any of the following medical certifications valid through employment term: First Responder, Wilderness First Responder, Responding to Emergencies, Emergency Responder, EMT, or other advanced medical certifications upon approval. Contact Cheryl for more information.
- Trees For Tomorrow staff jacket.
- Vacation, holiday, and sick days.
- Great experience for you and your career.
- Ongoing training and professional development.
- A willingness to learn is the most important ingredient!
- High motivation to learn and teach about natural resources, coupled with good people skills.
- A positive attitude and ability to work well with others.
- Willingness to care for and handle program animals.
- An ability to communicate to a variety of ages and backgrounds.
- Cross-country ski experience is a plus but much can be learned at Trees For Tomorrow.
- Prior program experience (camp counselor, environmental education, mentoring, teaching) is preferred.
- College gradutes preferred.
- Well-qualified applicants will have backgrounds in biology, environmental education, natural resources, outdoor recreation, or other natural sciences.
- Minimum of First Aid/CPR certification valid through employment term.
Send resume, cover letter, and references to:
Seasonal Naturalist Coordinator
Trees For Tomorrow
PO Box 609
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: 715-479-6456 Ext. 235
Application deadline: April 15, 2014.