Employment Opportunities


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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or significant experience)

  • Teaching experience or experience working with youth

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment

  • Creativity and flexibility

  • An interest and commitment to lifelong learning

  • Desire to maintain a healthy community and workplace.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Conversational language skills in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or other languages

  • First aid or first responder certified


Dates of Employment: September 2021 - May 2022


Salary:  High quality staff housing and food are provided.  Weekly Salary $350.


Contact: Please send cover letters and resumes to Lindsay Bjorklund: lindsay@deepportage.org

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Summer Team Leader/Camp Counselor (now hiring!)


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.


  • Upper level high school students with youth or camp experience are welcomed to apply and will receive Counselor in Training pay rate (TBD on qualifications and time commitment)

  • Currently working toward an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree

  • Experience working with youth

Dates of Employment: June 6, 2022-August 19, 2022.

Salary: High quality staff housing and food are provided. Salary is $350/week

Contact: Please send resumes to Neal Tacheny: neal@deepportage.org

Kitchen Staff/Cook

Our kitchen is a great place to work and offers a positive, inclusive environment. This is not your typical restaurant style setting. Our cooks prepare three meals a day for guests and staff. We know how many meals we are serving ahead of time.

Our guests' schedules are filled with fun activities and learning so they require good food to get the most out of their experiences. Working with us, you would be making a difference and serving an integral role in our organization!

Responsibilities & Job Duties

  • Prepare meals for guests

  • Prep food items for the day or next day's meals.

  • Maintain a clean work station and kitchen.

  • Maintain and organize storage of food and supplies.

  • Comply with all closing duties.

Although kitchen experience is nice, it is not required. We are happy to train positive, team-oriented candidates. High school students are welcome to apply.

$15/hour. Full-time and part-time hours available. Flexibility with hours, especially during school breaks. 

Contact: Please contact Tamie, (218) 682-2325 or kitchen@deepportage.org to apply or for more information.