Environmental Education Internship, Hartley Nature Center

 Duluth, MN

Position Title: Environmental Education Internship

Organization: Hartley Nature Center

Location: Duluth, MN

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 12,700 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 Overview: The Environmental Education Intern will assist in developing and delivering environmental based content to people of all ages in camps 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.


  •  Develop and teach environmental education programs and nature-based day 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, etc.
  • Organize, maintain and clean educational resources and common spaces as needed
  • Availability one weekend day a month
  • 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


  • Stipend of $800/month
  • Extensive in-house training and professional development
  • Qualify for gear pro-deals
  • Granite Gear daypack upon completion

Start and End Dates: Full time, 40 hours per week from May 31 – August 26

Application Deadline: March 21

How to apply: 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