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Wood Lake Nature Center is dedicated to training the next generation of naturalists to continue providing high-quality environmental education and interpretive programs to future generations.  With financial help from the Friends of Wood Lake, Wood Lake hires seasonal naturalists and interns to help present its interpretive programming.

SEASONAL NATURALISTS
Seasonal naturalists are hired for the school year and the summer.  Check the City's Jobs page for paid seasonal positions.

NATURALIST INTERNSHIPS
See below for two Summer Intern Naturalist positions, paid and unpaid, or visit the City's Jobs page

Summer Naturalist Intern-Paid
$150/week stipend, $10.62/hour 

SITE INFORMATION:
Wood Lake Nature Center is in the heart of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. It is a busy urban park that is comprised of 150-acres of forest, prairie, and cattail marsh habitat, and is dedicated to high-quality environmental education and interpretive programs. The park has miles of recreational trails and a nature center facility that is open every day to the public.

SEASON AND TIME COMMITMENT: The Summer Intern Naturalist position is a 12 week position. It starts June 6 and goes through August 24, 2016 (dates are flexible). This position is approximately 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Summer Intern Naturalists will join a dynamic staff to offer the best quality educational, recreational and natural experiences possible for visitors. Interns will participate in training that will support assistance in aiding in the design and instruction of summer camps and other environmental education and interpretive programming. Interns also assist with a variety of daily and summer-long projects as they arise (prairie management, exotic species control, trail maintenance, exhibit and displays, instruct volunteers and event planning). Interns complete a project of their choice that is tailored to their interests. Also, interns will be a part of the Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K Races planning committee. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • Minimum of two years college study, college graduates are encouraged to apply • Experience working with youth • Natural history knowledge • Interest or experience in environmental education and/or interpretation • Must pass a background check • Effective communication skills and ability to be a team player • Essential functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for moderate physical activity such as standing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, lifting, kneeling, sitting, crouching, twisting, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting and lifting materials and supplies ranging from 20-60 lbs.

APPLICATIONS: Application forms, copies of this bulletin and additional information may be obtained at www.cityofrichfield.org/jobs. Contact Amy Markle, Internship Coordinator (612-861-9369 or amarkle@cityofrichfield.org with any questions. Only a completed City of Richfield on-line application will be accepted. Please submit cover letter and resume including three references with your completed City of Richfield application. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016.

Summer Naturalist Intern-Unpaid 

Site Information:
Wood Lake Nature Center is in the heart of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. It is a busy urban park that is comprised of 150-acres of forest, prairie, and cattail marsh habitat, and is dedicated to high-quality environmental education and interpretive programs. The nature center has miles of recreational trails and a nature center building that is open everyday to the public.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Summer Intern Naturalists will join a dynamic staff to offer the best quality educational, recreational and natural experiences possible for visitors. Interns will participate in training that will support assistance in aiding in the design and instruction of summer camps and other environmental education and interpretive programming. Interns will gain valuable experience while assisting with a variety of daily and summer-long projects as they arise (prairie management, exotic species control, trail maintenance, exhibit and displays, instruct volunteers and event planning). Interns complete a project of their choice that is tailored to their interests and which will add to their job resume.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Minimum of two years college study, college graduates are encouraged to apply

• Experience working with youth

• Natural history knowledge

• Interest or experience in environmental education and/or interpretation, and interest in pursuing on career in this field.

• Must pass a background check

• Effective communication skills and ability to be a team player

Season and Time Commitment:
The Summer Intern Naturalist position is a 12- week position. It starts June 6 and goes through August 24, 2016 (dates are flexible). This position is approximately 32 hours per week, and is Monday through Friday.

Send Cover Letter, Resume with 3 references listed by April 12th to:

Wood Lake Nature Center
Amy Markle, Internship Coordinator
6710 Lake Shore Drive
Richfield, MN  55423
(612) 861-9369
Email: amarkle@cityofrichfield.org

JUNIOR NATURALISTS
For younger kids (see the current season brochure for more information).