Naturalist Intern – Tofte Ranger District (PO-00734920)

The Superior National Forest is one of the largest National Forests in the Eastern Region of the United States. It is at the southern-most limit of the northern boreal forest, a landscape of birch and conifers with a lake around every corner. It is home to the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, inspiration to Sigurd Olson, Jim Brandenburg, and others. Perhaps most importantly, with your help, Superior National Forest can be inspiration to thousands of visitors each year who come to the North Shore for their vacations.

The Tofte Ranger District on the Superior will have two naturalist positions available for our Summer Resort Naturalist Program on the North Shore. The Resort Naturalist Program has been offering daytime hikes and evening campfire programs at resorts along Minnesota's North Shore since 1984. It is a cooperative program between the Superior National Forest Tofte Ranger District and the Cook County Visitor Bureau.

Assigned Duties: Presenting and aiding in the development of quality natural and cultural history programs, occasional additional public appearances, and support functions including preparation of presentation materials.

Current driver's license required. The position requires evening and weekend work every week. As this is a public position, naturalists are required to wear uniforms and be positive representatives of the Forest Service. We are looking for candidates with experience in interpretation, education, or in the fields of natural or cultural history. As a naturalist, you will gain experience presenting to a wide cross section of people using a variety of program styles that could include campfires, hikes, car caravans, drop-ins, and tours.

The term of employment is approximately from June 1 through August 31, with some degree of flexibility based on school needs. June 15 would be the latest start date possible, but that would reduce time to learn material before presenting.

Compensation details:

  • $300/week* Living Allowance
  • $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housing provided on site
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718.25, received upon successful completion of the position
  • Hours served can be applied toward the Public Land Corp (PLC) hiring authority 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00734920

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - August 27, 2023

7355 W. Hwy 61
Tofte, MN 55615

Training Provided: First Aid CPR Crosscut saw

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Superior National Forest is located in the northeast tip of Minnesota and is sandwiched between Lake Superior and the Canadian border. One third of its three million acres contains the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Participants will greatly enhance their experience if they have a personal vehicle. Grocery options and some dining options are available within walking distance of each location but participants who have their own vehicle can experience more recreation

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Bunkhouse accommodations each individual will have a single or double room in the bunkhouse.  Shared restrooms and kitchen space. Restrooms are shared but designed for one person at a time and have locks.  Single gender bunkhouses maybe available.  The Tofte bunkhouses are CCC era log cabins that have been outfit with modern amenities such as running water, electricity, full kitchens, washers/ dryers, WiFi.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association