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Environmental Education Traineeship

Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Duluth ,  Minnesota

The Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve in Duluth, MN is well known for the fall bird migration. It’s one of the best places in North America to observe large numbers of birds of great diversity migrating each fall. The Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory (HRBO) is the non-profit organization that manages and conducts bird research and education at the nature reserve. The mission of HRBO is to protect birds of prey and other migratory birds in the western Lake Superior region through research, education, and stewardship.

As part of its educational and conservation goals, HRBO is offering traineeships for those seeking hands-on professional experience to assist them in their pursuit of higher level education and/or career in a field consistent with HRBO’s mission. Training will focus on conservation science and education pertaining to birds of prey and other migratory birds found at Hawk Ridge. Training will be conducted by our managers with much knowledge and expertise in the field. This is a great experiential opportunity for trainees to learn from our best! Trainees will also complete a special project pertaining to their focus area that will be developed with their training supervisor. Trainees will be provided a stipend of $100 per week and lodging. In order to apply, trainees must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, and personal vehicle for transportation.

HRBO is currently seeking two Environmental Education Trainees for the 2017 fall migration season. The Environmental Education Traineeships will run from Monday, August 28th to Wednesday, November 1st, 2017. The Environmental Education Traineeship primary goals are to: learn outdoor interpretation and education techniques and skills; gain experience with program delivery and interacting with volunteers and visitors of all ages; learn techniques and options for developing and managing outdoor educational programs; and learn about bird conservation research, identification techniques, biology and migration.

To apply for an Environmental Education Traineeship, please submit a cover letter and resume (email preferred) to both: Janelle Long, Executive Director, (jlong@hawkridge.org) and Clinton Nienhaus, Education Director, (cnienhaus@hawkridge.org) by Friday, June 16th, 2017. By mail: HRBO, P.O. Box 3006, Duluth, MN 55803. Early applications are preferred and traineeships may be filled before closing date.

Please include in your cover letter and/or resume:

  • A description of the goals you want to accomplish through the traineeship program
  • A description of your educational and/or career plans upon completion of your traineeship
  • A description of educational courses and/or work experiences relevant to the traineeship program
  • An outline of any skills, hobbies or other interests that may help you in your training
  • The names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least three references (1-2 must be work-related)

For further information, please contact Janelle Long, Executive Director, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, at jlong@hawkridge.org or (218) 428-6209 or visit our website at: www.hawkridge.org!



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