Environmental Education Internship

10/21/2022 Category:


Environmental Education Internship


Organization Overview

Hartley Nature Center (HNC) is a non-profit environmental learning center located within the 600+ acre Hartley Park in Duluth, Minnesota. HNC’s mission is to inspire lifelong connections with nature through education, play, and exploration. Governed by a board of directors, HNC has a talented staff of full and part-time educators and administrative support staff, and many community volunteers. HNC provides programs for over 20,000 children and adults each year: from Hartley Nature Preschool (HNP), to school field trips, summer camps and programs for the general public. HNC operates from a nature center in Hartley Park, a city-owned park with diverse forest, wetland and stream habitats, over five miles of hiking and ski trails, and beautiful ridges overlooking Lake Superior. The 12,500 square foot nature center is designed as a model of energy-efficient, environmental building practices and provides classrooms, exhibit areas, offices and storage areas to support and enhance HNC programs.


Position Description:


The Environmental Education Intern will assist in developing and delivering environmental based content to people of all ages in camps, field trips and community programming. They will join a friendly, dynamic staff that is dedicated to carrying out Hartley Nature Center’s mission of inspiring lifelong connections with nature through education, play and exploration. 



  • Full time (32-40 hours), prefered
  • Part time (25-31 hours) with prorated stipend, unavailable during summer 
    •  40 hours per week required from May 31st – August 26th if continuing through the summer. 


Start date: January 11th, 2023

End date: May 31st, 2023 or August 25th, 2023 

Benefits: Stipend of $800/month (unless prorated)

$200 stipend available for related workshops or trainings for full time interns 

Extensive in-house training and professional development

Qualify for gear pro-deals

Granite Gear daypack upon completion

Deadline: Open until filled, priority given to applications received before November 21st, 2022



  • Develop and teach environmental education programs and nature-based camps to youth, ages 3-12 
  • Participate in staff training on outdoor learning, nature play, behavior management, lesson plan development, etc.
  • Contribute to nature center projects, caring for native plant gardens, live animal exhibits, monarch butterfly exhibit, facility maintenance, ect.
  • Assist in winter equipment rental and maintenance
  • Organize, maintain and clean educational resources and common spaces as needed
  • Assist in nature based preschool support  
  • Potential availability on weekends
  • Other tasks as assigned 



  • Genuine interest in working with children in the outdoors
  • Degree (or in process) in environmental studies, education, sciences, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work and teach outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Experience teaching environmental education or outdoor recreation- experience with ages 3-12 preferred 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to relate with people of all ages and abilities in a positive manner
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends


Application Procedure:

Applicants please include a cover letter, resume and a minimum of two professional and/or educational references. Ideally, at least one of the references has seen the applicant working with students or participants. Please direct applications or inquiries to: education@hartleynature.org