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Naturalist and Residential Programs Coordinator

Manitowish Waters WI 

Overview: The Discovery Center is a dynamic and expanding Environmental Education Center located in the heart of Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods celebrating 25 years of service and opportunity. The full-time Naturalist and Residential Programs Coordinator serves as one of the core members of our award-winning environmental education programming. This individual will deliver high-quality, engaging programming to adult, youth, and family groups, and will recruit and coordinate mission-related residential groups to the facility. This position reports to the Executive Director. This position assists managing youth mentors, seasonal staff, interns and adult volunteers for the program. They will help develop and lead on-site and off-site programs, and assist in the operation of the Nature Nook. This position will help develop displays and content in the new Nature Center. This position will also oversee and develop various Citizen Science Monitoring projects. In addition, duties include leading/co-leading weekly hikes, explorations & trips, and being a liaison to the Discovery Center Bird Club.

Hours: Salaried full time position with a minimum of 40 hours/ week. Typical Monday to Friday schedule that includes a good deal of flexibility.  Some evenings and weekends are required.

Compensation: Full-time salaried plus full employee benefit package including health insurance, paid leave, and a 401K Retirement Plan.  Salary commensurate with experience.


  • General:  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Strong organizational skills. A cheerful, positive attitude.  Sense of humor a plus.  Reliability and the ability to self-motivate and work independently.  Basic office and computer skills, data entry, and record keeping. Capable of leading at times strenuous physical hikes and paddle trips.  Must be able to load canoes onto a trailer and drive vehicle with a trailer.   CPR and First Aid certification must be obtained within 6 months. (Lifeguard, Canoe and Water Safety Certification, Wilderness First Aid preferred). Valid driver’s license.
  • Environmental Education: A BA or BS degree in environmental education, education, environmental science, outdoor recreation, natural resources, wildlife biology, or a closely related field. M.S. in similar field preferred.  Experience developing programs and coordinating, leading and/or teaching groups of children and families. Understanding of the ecology and natural history of the Northern Wisconsin environment, geology, plants and animals.

Expectations and Opportunities: 

This position is responsible for the following areas:

 1.       Delivering high-quality, engaging programming to youth and family groups.

Develop and deliver curricula and plans for programs and activities.  Manage Discovery Guides volunteer involvement. Ensure excellent records of attendance. Provide supervision and guidance to EE Interns with Eco-Series programing. Assistance with community program events setup and facilitation (Master Naturalist, Play Days, etc.)

2.       Residential Programs.  Develop, recruit, grow and coordinate residential environmental programs including schools, youth groups, adult eco-tourism groups, and others.

3.       Sharing your passion and knowledge of Wisconsin’s natural history.

Greet and educate visitors to the site.  Lead hikes, paddling trips, and exemplary, exploratory outdoor adventures.

4.       Participate as part of the dedicated Program Team at the Discovery Center

Assist with special events and fundraisers, and community outreach. Communicate needs and be willing to help other staff members as needed.  Work in coordination with NLDC Board and Committees.  Assist as part of the team with storytelling initiatives through social media posts, newsletter pieces, picture-taking, and member-board-staff presentations.

5.       Oversight and Development of various EE and Citizen Science Projects. Examples include Trail-Cam project, Bird Feeder maintenance in Coordination with NLDC Bird Club, E-Bird, Wolf Howl programs and surveys, NEON, NRF, and WHIP partnerships.

 6.       Other duties as assigned including (but not limited to): Primary coordination of “Bird and Wildlife Festival”, Curriculum Development, Program planning, Program Delivery, Verbal/Written Communications and Interpretation for visitors and groups, Visitor Services, Record Keeping, Data Entry, Citizen Science, obtaining Program related grants and funding, Grant writing and management.

 Application: Email or mail cover letter, full resume, application, and three reference contacts to:

 John Heusinkveld

Executive Director, North Lakeland Discovery Center

(715) 543-2085


Read the full position description and download our application on our website: https://discoverycenter.net/about-discovery-center/employment/

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Posted May 28, 2021

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