Education and Outreach intern

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

REPORTS TO: Education Director

LOCATION:  Saint Paul


Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is seeking an education intern to assist with our school programming and other outreach events. This position will be involved in our education program, No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters, as well as other areas of the organization that further the Friends’ mission of protecting, preserving, and restoring the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem.

School Programming: Our growing education program reaches schools and organizations all over the state, primarily working with grades 6-12 to bring opportunities to learn about, investigate, and experience the Boundary Waters through classroom education, local exploration, and wilderness trips, targeting under-resourced communities throughout Minnesota.

During May-June and September-October, the main duties of the position will be to assist with teaching in school and outdoor settings and collaborating with the Education Director and Education Coordinator to hold BWCA programming at schools around Minnesota. Many schools will be local to the metro area, but some schools may be in greater Minnesota. In addition to teaching at school events, this position will assist with program preparation, evaluation, and record keeping. 

Outreach and public events: In addition to in-school programming, we also host several community events to bring the Boundary Waters to local parks and waterways. These events will include work with students, but also families. Later in the summer (July-August), this position will shift from student-facing programs and events to public facing ones. This position will work with the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator to attend community events in the Twin Cities and connect with potential supporters. This position will also assist with planning and coordinating our booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and will work at the Fair to engage and connect with booth visitors.

The position requires working at these in-person events but may also include remote work to prepare for these events and to support planning and logistics. When in-person, all necessary COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. The internship will run from early May until the end of October.


  • Work with the education team to prepare materials and lessons for half day programs at schools. 
  • Modify teaching methods and lesson content to different age groups between 6th and 12th grade. 
  • Facilitate BWCA programming to participating schools, often in a half day program with rotating stations with small groups of students. Lessons range from nature and ecology activities like investigations involving animal adaptations, water quality, or biomes, to wilderness skills such as fire-building, portaging, and using a map and compass. Proficiency in each of these areas is not required, but it is encouraged to be familiar with at least one area. For more details on the courses this program offers, please visit our course catalog. 
  • Reset program supplies to ensure they are ready for the next school visit, and track supplies that may need replacement. 
  • Alter existing programming to meet the needs of a particular school.
  • Assist with the creation of program materials, lessons, and other education department projects.
  • Engage the public by attending community outreach events throughout the Twin Cities
  • Assist with planning, preparation, and execution of the Friends’ booth at the Minnesota State Fair



  • Experience teaching or working with students in grades 6-12.
  • Availability for half-day programs during school day hours (between 7-1 pm or 11-4 pm) at least two days a week. Alternatively, one full school day available per week is also acceptable.
  • Interest in teaching in an outdoor setting, with a focus on experiential learning. 
  • Must pass background check.
  • Must be willing to follow all COVID-19 protocols and require participants to do the same.


  • Experience teaching in an outdoor setting. 
  • Knowledge of culturally responsive teaching methods. 
  • Experience working with youth from a variety of racial, geographic, and financial backgrounds. 
  • Completed or pursuing a degree in education, environmental education, environmental studies, or a related field. 
  • Passion for equity in the outdoors.
  • Access to a vehicle for transporting supplies to and from schools.


The internship will be 10-15 hours per week. The pay rate is $16.00 per hour and mileage paid at the IRS rate. 


Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references:

Bree Sikorski
Operations Director
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Education and Outreach Intern.”

Applications will be accepted until April 5th, 2022.

At the Friends, we have a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. The Friends is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.