Environmental Education Fellowship
Leave your mark as a participant in our environmental education fellowship program! Spend a year facilitating experiences for students while you develop teaching and public relations skills as an outdoor educator.
Applications for the 2020-2021 Environmental Education Fellowship now open!
Hone your talents. Improve your skills. Learn from professionals.
Join us for a year of curiosity, confidence-building, and outdoor adventure. Fellows have the option to earn an Environmental Education Certificate that will prepare you for success in the field of environmental education.
Fellow Roles & Responsibilities
As their primary responsibility, fellows can expect to spend two-thirds of their time teaching classes that are centered around hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based learning. Classes are typically three hours long and include subjects such as environmental science, natural history, challenge skills, and outdoor adventure. Additionally, fellows present a one-hour “naturalist program” to large groups in the evenings about twice a month.
Fellows facilitate personal connections and experiences for students/visitors as their group host or “liaison”. The liaison serves as the primary Eagle Bluff representative, including managing the group’s stay, giving an orientation, setting up evening activities, facilitating our conservation programs, and often leading a campfire for the group. The liaison remains on call throughout the nights when their group is in residence.
In order to grow as professional educators, fellows participate in trainings, seminars, and evaluations throughout the year. As a result, they may earn up to two post-graduate certifications.
Fellows make the switch to camp counselors come June to run three to four of our 16 summer programs. Camps are overnight and typically a week long with an educational focus. From rock climbing to hunting to animal care, these adventurous and unique experiences are for campers entering grades 4-12.
Through training, working, living, and growing alongside your fellowship group, this program places you in a tight-knit community. As a small nonprofit about 50 minutes from the nearest ‘big’ city, we have a small permanent staff that is excited to support you and welcome you to our team as well!
The start of the program is spent in three weeks of intensive training covering teaching classes, facilitating evening activities, being a liaison, learning about SE Minnesota, and getting to know the general functions of Eagle Bluff. Fellows receive an established lesson plan for each class that they teach. Additional class trainings are scheduled throughout the year.
Weekly seminars on Teaching Techniques, Interpretation Program Planning, and Natural History are conducted by Eagle Bluff staff and outside experts. Fellows can choose to have these seminars earn credits towards the Graduate Certificate of Environmental Education through Hamline University.
Certificate of Environmental Education
Fellows may elect to take seminars for credit to earn an Environmental Education certificate at a reduced rate through Hamline University. The cost for earning the full certificate (10 credits) is approximately $1,850.
Seminars and credits include the following:
- Fundamentals of Environmental Education (3 credits)
- Natural History of Southeast Minnesota (3 credits)
- Principles of Interpretation (2 credits)
- Program Development (2 credits)
Certified Interpretive Guide
Fellows may also choose to become a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). The CIG training also counts toward to the EE Certificate (Principles of Interpretation). The cost for earning the CIG certificate is approximately $150.
Fellows are formally evaluated through class observations by permanent education staff several times throughout the year. Feedback is constructive, specific, and includes a follow-up meeting with the evaluator. Fellows also participate in self-evaluations, peer observations, and observation of permanent education staff. Additional feedback about job responsibilities is also collected from visiting teachers and chaperones.
Monthly meetings are held with one or both fellowship managers. The goals of the meetings are to support fellows in their professional development by setting goals, providing feedback, and proactively addressing any needs the Fellow has.
Stipend and Amenities
Participants receive an $850/month stipend for living expenses and to use towards the cost of certifications. As additional compensation, housing is provided and meals are offered in the dining hall when visiting groups are in residence. Food staples are provided for use in the staff kitchen. In addition, we offer paid sick time and vacation days. Wi-Fi, free laundry, staff gear, and use of Eagle Bluff’s recreational equipment.
Fellows live in a private wing of the dormitory. Bedrooms are private with a bathroom/suite shared with one other person. Each room has a mattress and bed, desk, chair, lamp, and storage area. Fellows share a common living room, dining room, kitchen, and storage/work-out room. The kitchen is stocked with appliances, dishes, refrigerator, freezer, and dry food storage.
After the Fellowship
Upon completion of the program, fellows may apply for a second year at Eagle Bluff. A second year gives the opportunity to further their study and practice of teaching and take on projects aligning with specific passions within Eagle Bluff.
Where are they now?
Many fellows go on to continue their career in education, whether continuing on as an environmental educator or becoming a naturalist at a state park, a teacher for a school, or continuing their graduate studies. Other fellows have gone on to do conservation work, stay in the environmental field, or pursue careers in unrelated fields.
Past fellows have graduated to go on to the following positions:
- Environmental Educator, NatureBridge Yosemite
- Outdoor Education Coordinator, Prescott Pines Camp
- Environmental Education Specialist, City of Rochester
- Farm Director, Camp Burgess & Hayward
- Education Director, Eagle Bluff ELC
- Teacher, City of Lakes Waldorf School
- Expedition Guide, UnCruise Adventures
- Biology/Forensic Science Teacher, Island Coast High School
- Co-Director, Endless Trails
- Director, 10Fold Communications
- Assistant Principal, Monterey Adult School
- Development Director, Eagle Bluff ELC
Candidates must meet the following qualifications in order to be accepted into the fellowship program:
- B.A. or B.S. degree, related field preferred
- Experience and enjoyment working with children
- High level of self-motivation and enthusiasm; an eagerness and willingness to learn
- Comfortable in moving water and able to hike up and down hills on uneven terrain
- Willing to operate and participate in high ropes courses and rock climbing wall
- Ability to live on-site in a dormitory setting
- Current CPR and Standard First Aid certification
- Related experience as a naturalist, interpreter, camp counselor, trip leader, or other leadership roles is preferred but not required
Meet the Faculty
Join us for a year of curiosity, confidence-building, and outdoor adventure. Link for professional references to compete once you’ve submitted your application: https://eagle-bluff.org/fellowship/apply/reference