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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 ample opportunities to grow.

While this is usually a full-time 9 month position with on-campus housing, we are open to local, part-time instructors as well.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Associate'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, flexibility, and initiative are vital skills

  • 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 5, 2023 - May 24, 2024


Salary:  Weekly Salary $400. High quality staff housing with private room and meals while groups are here are provided. 

Contact: Please send cover letters, resumes, and references to Lindsay Bjorklund:

Summer Camp 2023 Positions

Summer Camp

Camp Team Leader
Summer camp counselors provide instruction in firearms safety, fishing education, and science-based camps. Camp activities include canoeing, archery, hiking, indoor rock wall, camping, arts and crafts and much more! If you are an outdoors oriented person, or willing to train this is a once in a lifetime camp employment experience to pass it on to the next generation.

Throughout 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 (or recently graduated)

  • Experience working with youth

  • High school age students encouraged to apply! Will receive "Counselor-in-Training" rate

Salary dependent on experience. High quality staff housing and food is provided.

Email questions and resume/references to Camp Director Neal at

Kitchen Staff

Kitchen Staff/Cook (Now hiring!)

Pay: $16/hour

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.

$16/hour. Full-time and part-time hours available. Flexibility with hours, especially during school breaks. 

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

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