Environmental Education Fellow


Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

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Cheryl Krage

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Lanesboro, MN
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Fellows develop teaching, interpretive, and public relations techniques rooted in principles of environmental education during this year-long, residential program. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of audiences and through instructing our hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based classes. Professional growth and learning is accomplished through direct teaching experience supported by staff, professional workshops, and a series of observations and evaluations.



  • Teach adventure, science, and cultural history classes to a variety of audiences (primary audience is 4th – 8th grades)
  • Set-up and clean-up of classes; inventory class supplies and kits
  • Learn and present one-hour evening Naturalist Programs


  • Host visiting groups and schools, serving as their point of contact for Eagle Bluff
  • Orient groups about Eagle Bluff’s policies and procedures as necessary
  • Be on call for group needs via radio or telephone, including overnight
  • Facilitate mealtimes and coordination between groups
  • Assist with gift shop and other ancillary activities as needed
  • Set up and clean up evening activities (i.e. movie, night hike); lead evening campfires, as scheduled

Education Department Team Member

  • Demonstrate professionalism and show sincerity/sensitivity especially in areas of participant experience
  • Show a commitment to individual and organizational growth and improvement; be flexible and maintain a positive attitude and composure when working alone/in teams, receiving constructive criticism, and during times of stress; show dependability in attendance
  • Attend weekly Education Department meetings
  • Participate in campus projects, including but not limited to, general and class maintenance, care of resident education animals (raptors, skunk, and reptiles), land management, invasive species removal, and more as necessary
  • Work up to one weekend a month

Graduate Student/Fellowship Participant

  • Participate in graduate level seminars throughout the year, including Fundamentals of Environmental Education, Certified Interpretive Guide, Introduction to SE Minnesota Natural History, and Introduction to Program Design.
    • All Fellowship participants attend all seminars and trainings, but there is the option to receive graduate level credits from Hamline University for seminar participation. Individuals must have a college degree in order to receive the credits, but it is not a requirement of the job to have one.
  • Continually sharpen skills by attending trainings, participating in monthly meetings, semi-frequent observations & evaluations (e.g. formal, peer, self, etc.), reviewing individual feedback, and setting monthly and yearly goals.

Summer Camp Counselor

  • Plan at least one summer camp, including generate a supplies list, create and list activities, consider risk management, and create evaluations (done in conjunction with the Introduction to Program Design graduate seminar)
  • Lead at least one overnight summer camp, serving as the point person for staff responsibilities, daily activities, and logistics. 
  • Assist with at least two of Eagle Bluff’s Summer Camps in a counselor role, leading activities, managing behavior, and creating a positive environment for all campers. 

Compensation Information

  • Participants receive an $1,000/month stipend for living expenses and to apply toward the cost of graduate credit or certifications as seen fit. 
  • Participants are provided housing in a private staff wing of the dormitory, sharing a bathroom/suite with one other person and having a private bedroom. All 11 participants share a common living room, dining room, kitchen, storage space, and laundry. 
  • As additional compensation, meals are provided when visiting groups are in residence as are food staples for use in the staff kitchen. Fellows are eligible for MN SNAP benefits. 
  • Along with room and board, fellows are offered significant paid PTO, several holidays, personal voicemail, internet access, staff gear, and use of Eagle Bluff’s recreational equipment.
  • Professional purchase discounts