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Outdoor Education Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for any of the positions listed below, please send a resume to:
2197 Nature Center Drive NW – Hackensack, MN 56452 Attn: Dale Yerger.


Full-Time Environmental Educator

This is a field teaching position. An instructor can count on spending most of the instructional day outside with students, chaperones, and visiting staff. Our programs include field science classes (Bog Ecology, Bass Pond in Winter, Macroinvertebrate Sampling, Forest Ecology), physical skill building (Canoeing, Climbing, Archery, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing), and cross-disciplinary lessons (Orienteering, Nature Journaling, Biomass Basics, Wind Power, Team Building).

Environmental Educators primarily focus on teaching. The primary audience is children in 4th-6th grade, but educators will gain experience with K-12 students throughout the school year. There are also opportunities to develop and refine curriculum, create interpretive displays, participate in community programming, and contribute to a sustainably managed school.

Why should you consider working at Deep Portage? This job will provide you with valuable teaching experiences in a beautiful outdoor setting. The number of hours and students that you will interact with will tremendously improve your skills as an educator. The campus is a beautiful and inspiring place to live. Client schools and organizations that utilize the Deep Portage program are leaders in their fields. You will find a strong institution that is here to support your professional journey and give you opportunities to grow.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, recreation, natural sciences, environmental education, or related fields
  • Teaching experience in a classroom or outdoor setting
  • Experience with curriculum writing and development of educational teaching materials
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team-oriented environment
  • Creativity and organizational skills essential
  • An interest and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Interest in maintaining a healthy community and work place

Dates of Employment: September 2017 – May 2018

Salary:  High quality staff housing and food are provided.  Weekly Salary $325.

Contact: Please send resumes to Dale Yerger: portage@uslink.net


Full-Time Summer Camp Counselors:

Deep Portage is seeking broad-minded, high-energy people who wish to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation. Summer camp counselors provide instruction in hunting and fishing education, as well as science-based camps. Through the 10-week season staff can expect to instruct on a variety of outdoor skills to diverse audiences ranging in age from 9-16. Develop your teaching skills and broaden your own outdoor experiences in a beautiful northern Minnesota setting. This position is commonly used to fulfill internship requirements for undergraduate education, recreation, and outdoor education programs.


  • Currently working toward an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree
  • Must be in good physical condition
  • Experience working with youth

Dates of Employment: June 8-August 17, 2018

Salary: High quality staff housing and food are provided. Salary is $300/week

Contact: Please send resumes to Dale Yerger: portage@uslink.net

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