Job Opportunities at ACNW

Operations Director

The Operations Director is a full-time leadership position at ACNW. This position will work in partnership with the Executive Director and Program Director to create a positive and productive workplace culture. The Operations Director will supervise positions in multiple departments including administrative, food service and facilities. This position is responsible for overseeing operations in all three of these departments, and work collaboratively with the Program Director to ensure excellence is met in all areas of the organization.

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Candidate Profile:

A strong candidate for the Operations Director position is a professional with a proven track record who will excel in managing staff, leading smoothly and efficiently run departments and operations overall, and possess a strong financial background. This candidate will understand the need to build healthy and strong relationships with direct reports, helping them to achieve their and the organization’s goals. The candidate’s excellent written and oral communication, critical thinking, collaborative ability and problem-solving skills reflect a strong management and business acumen. The Operations Director will demonstrate dedication to the mission, vision and values of ACNW through their actions and words with both staff and constituents.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operations & Administrative (65%)
    • Supervise, manage, support and monitor
      • Food Service Manager
      • Buildings & Grounds Manager
      • Marketing & Communications Coordinator
      • Finance Manager
      • Front Desk/Receptionist
      • IT Coordinator
    • Oversee Food Service program
      • Schedules set
      • Menu planning
      • Quarterly Inventory
      • Budget is met
      • Mission-aligned food purchases
      • Excellent customer service
    • Oversee Facilities staff
      • Work with Land & Buildings Manager on org. projects & track progress
      • Oversee purchases and expenditures
      • Maintain Campus Improvements & Capital Needs lists
      • Serve on Buildings & Grounds Committee
    • Oversee Marketing
      • Work with Marketing Coordinator on initiatives and ensure they are met and within budget through social media, print, video, online and other mediums
    • Oversee Front Desk Receptionist
      • Program entries & registrations are up to date
      • CIVI entries from participants are done in a timely fashion
      • Excellent customer service
    • Oversee Customer Relations Database (CRM)
      • Monitor and ensure database is up-to-date by appropriate admin. staff
        • Contributions and donor reports
        • Program participants
        • Retreats & conference and attending K12 schools
      • Facilitate implementation of upgrades and improvements
      • Pull lists for solicitations, development & marketing initiatives, and more
      • Ensure staff training where appropriate
    • Maintain office record archives
      • Registration
      • Donations
      • Contracts
      • Document retention
      • Grants
    •  Grants
      • Implement grants
      • Track expenditures
      • Produce and submit grant reports
    • Office and IT hardware and software
      • Oversee the use and purchase of office equipment, supplies, repairs, contracts
      • Oversee store cash register (POS) system
      • Oversee hardware and software purchases
      • Oversee and manage phone/fax/copier
        • Set up phone extensions and voice recordings
        • Facilitate troubleshooting and upgrades
    • Volunteer program development and facilitation
      • Connect volunteers with appropriate staff & facilitate on-boarding
  • Financial (15%)
    • Oversee and support day to day accounting and finance activities
    • Support and monitor development activities and contributions
      • Create solicitation mail lists and annual report acknowledgement lists
    • Provide support to Executive Director, Governing Board, Charter School Division and supervisors pertaining to finance and
      • Oversee preparation of quarterly financial reports
      • Oversee cash flow, forecasts and analysis reports
      • Set and attend Finance Committee meeting
    • Planning & Budgeting
      • Assist in developing annual budgets
      • Prepare and monitor departmental budgets
    • Annual Audit – work with Finance Manager on external auditors, tax filings
  • Insurance (5%)
    • Applications/Claims- Property/Liability/Auto, Directors & Officers, Workers Comp,
    • Process audits for Workers comp
    • Maintain Vehicle/Drivers Lists
    • Participate in calls with lenders/agents
  • Human Resources (10%)
    • Employee Benefits
      • Set up annual renewal policies for medical, dental and IRA accounts
      • Oversee Finance Manager’s staff registrations/changes/terminations of medical, dental, HSA & IRA accounts
    • Unemployment
    • Employee Handbook
    • Personnel Files
    • Place employment ads for open positions
    • New hire paperwork-
      • W-4’s, Background checks, direct deposit, W9
    • Mediate staff conflicts within your departments
    • Work with Education Director to ensure effective communication practices and expectations for all staff
  • Board (5%)
    • Meeting prep/packets
    • Directories
    • New member packets
    • Archives
    • Attend meetings

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Background & experience required
    • 5 years supervisory/staff management experience
    • 2 years accounting experience preferred but not mandatory
    • Non-profit experience preferred but not mandatory
    • Proficient in Quick Books, Microsoft Excel & Word, Internet communications
    • Experience working with CRM databases
    • Attention to detail, deadlines, time management, confidentiality
    • Aligns with ACNW’s mission


  • Annual Salary starting at $42,000
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance plans
  • Simple IRA plan and employer 3% match
  • 10 annual floating holidays
  • 3 weeks annual PTO
  • 50% off ACNW programs
  • Staff discount in Gift Shop
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Opportunity to work in a beautiful setting

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To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and 3 references by September 16, 2019 to:

Bryan Wood, Executive Director
Audubon Center of the North Woods
PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN  55072

Part-Time CookPart-time

The purpose of this position is to offer kitchen support in all aspects of our food service. The Cook position will come in contact with guests and will need to have good customer service skills along with food service experience.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

Excellent Customer Service

  • Provide every guest with immediate and undivided attention.

Food Preparation

  • Prep food items according to the menu provided, following proper safety and sanitation procedures
  • Assist with baking and cooking procedures as needed
  • Assist in setting up the dining hall for meal service. (salad bar, coffee station, meal line, plates, cups, etc.)


  • Follow and comply with established procedures including health and sanitation and adhere to safe work practices
  • Keep all coolers and shelves clean, neatly stocked and properly rotated
  • Assist in storing the food product in their proper storage areas as they are delivered
  • Wash and put away dishes as needed
  • Sweep and mop the kitchen

Along with any other food service duties assigned to you by the Supervisor

Status: Part-time

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Customer service and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic in a fast paced environment, and willingness to learn
  • Love and knowledge of natural foods is helpful (not required, however very helpful)
  • Available for flexible scheduling as there are very busy events throughout the year, to meet the needs of the kitchen
  • Food service experience
  • Must pass a background check
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, stoop, bend, lift up to 50#, work in varied temperature environments of the kitchen

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Responsibilities:
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Send letter of interest/resume (or job application) with contact information to:

 Amy Smyser, Food Service
Audubon Center of the North Woods
PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN  55072

Charter School Authorizing Specialist

The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is recruiting for a Charter School Authorizing Specialist position in the Charter School Division.

ACNW is looking for an individual to join our team who brings a demonstrated commitment to advancing educational equity, environmental sustainability, and quality educational outcomes for all students, as well as a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. As part of a small division, the selected candidate will be a valued partner with diverse duties and the ability to lead tasks of varying complexity and challenge.

General Statement of Position

The primary role of this position is to work in collaboration with the Charter School Division (CSD) team to conduct oversight and evaluation of authorized schools. This position will lead key elements of school performance evaluation and oversight, particularly in the area of school operations and governance performance. In addition, this position collaborates on or leads key elements of the CSD strategic plan which is designed to increase the quality of ACNW’s charter school portfolio. Responsibilities and assignments may change to meet CSD needs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead governance and operations evaluation process for all schools:
    • Review school reports and documents.
    • Conduct site visits to schools for evaluation and monitoring purposes.
    • Attend school board meetings.
    • Review and analyze relevant data.
    • Complete written evaluation and site visit reports.
    • Conduct other evaluation and monitoring activities as necessary.
    • Develop recommendations for charter contract renewal or termination.
  • Coordinate charter school training and support activities including annual leaders retreat, technical assistance communications, and other school outreach and gatherings.
  • Engage in ongoing communication with school leaders and board chairs of authorized schools.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement ACNW policies and practices to address school complaints.
  • Contribute to evaluation and revision of authorizing policies, procedures, and documents.
  • Negotiate outcomes-based contracts with authorized charter schools.
  • Assemble and review key documents for submission to MDE and schools including charter contracts, new school affidavits, supplemental affidavits, and authorizer annual report.
  • Research education-related topics and proposed policies.
  • Promote sharing of effective practices among authorized schools.
  • Participate in state and national charter school task forces, work groups, and other initiatives.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to advance skills and understanding in the area of charter school authorizing.
  • Evaluate new school proposals, transfer schools applications, and school expansion requests.
  • Assist the Director of Charter School Authorizing and Charter School Division team on other projects as requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least three years experience working in or with public schools in Minnesota or elsewhere, and / or a teaching license from Minnesota or elsewhere
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to drive.
  • Demonstrated connection and commitment to the environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience in charter school governance, operations, and law.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Strong oral communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities on an ongoing basis.
  • Sense of humor.

Working conditions

The work environment is both office-based with 3-4 co-workers and in the field for school visits and other meetings. Much of the work is computer-based. School visits happen on average 3-5 times per month and include both visits during the school day and evening board meetings. Site visits require travel and include overnight stays on occasion. Some weekend time may be required on occasion. Work is cyclical requiring more hours during certain times throughout the year.


  • $45,000-$55,000, based on experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits package including health insurance and retirement contribution after two months.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, and list of three references to:

Erin Anderson, Director of Charter School Authorizing, Audubon Center of the North Woods

Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by September 13, 2019.

ACNW is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in working with our unique portfolio of schools. ACNW strongly encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly those that are representative of the populations served by our portfolio of schools. 

Fellowship Coordinator

Candidate Profile:

A strong candidate for this position is an experienced outdoor educator with strong management skills who can provide leadership to a young staff of teachers who are in a 1 or 2 year training fellowship. This person will be able to draw on their own experience and training in order to support developing environmental educators and create a valuable and meaningful fellowship experience. They will be able to act as the lead educator for our facility and have a firm understanding of best practices for environmental education and live animal programming. Their positive attitude and creative problem-solving skills will allow them to effectively manage staff and work with guests to provide an excellent educational experience for every visitor. 


  • BA or BS in a related field, or equivalent work experience/training
  • Strong teaching and pedagogy skills. At least 5 years of teaching experience, in a formal or non-formal setting
  • At least 2 years in a leadership, mentorship, or management position. Experienced and comfortable with providing focused feedback to direct reports
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • A flexible schedule and able to work occasional weekends and evenings as programming demands
  • Experience with, and enthusiasm for, overnight summer youth camps
  • Experience in working with or teaching members of underserved communities
  • Familiarity with the RELC education model
  • Commitment to advancing environmental literacy and providing accessible outdoor education
  • Must be open-minded, self-directed, and enthusiastic–excited to learn and try new things!
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, such as a canoe, hike long distances, and work outside in all weather conditions as well as lead and participate in our canoeing, climbing wall, and high ropes course (max height: 40 ft.)
  • Conversational speaking ability in Spanish, Somali, or Hmong is a plus!
  • Animal husbandry and raptor handling experience is preferred


  • Provide excellent training and mentoring to our Environmental Education Fellows, lead the education team in providing high-quality, nature-focused, culturally-responsive education
  • Coordinate weekly teaching schedules and education staff meetings, assign Educators to scheduled programs and manage days-off requests
  • Hire Education Fellows and provide oversight and evaluation of them, including formal and informal feedback, as well as conflict resolution
  • Work as an effective member of the Education Leadership Team with the Education DIrector, Wildlife Coordinator, and Reservations Coordinator
  • Serve as the Lead Educator: teach ecology, wildlife, adventure, and cultural classes to large and small groups of all ages at least once per week
  • Provide excellent customer service to visitors before, during, and after their visit
  • Maintain program materials and supplies, including safety equipment (e.g. climbing harnesses, helmets, etc.)
  • Work with the Education Director to manage daily programming needs and troubleshoot issues as they arise
  • Assist the Education Director in curriculum development, including the piloting and evaluation of programs
  • Act as the Camp Director for Youth Summer Camp Programming (3 wks/year)
  • Complete other self-directed projects, or other duties as assigned


  • Salary: $32k — $35k commensurate with experience
  • Full health and dental coverage options
  • Simple IRA with 3% match
  • 3 weeks annual PTO + 10 floating holidays
  • Work outside in a beautiful setting: 780 acres with coniferous and mixed hardwood forest, creek, prairie, and wetland areas, as well as a lake with a private beach.
  • Staff gift shop discount

Position Dates:

This position starts after October 31st.

Applications will be accepted until September 21st.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Emily Porter [she/her/hers], Education Director, Audubon Center of the North Woods


Housekeeping – Part Time

Housekeeper Job Overview

The purpose of this position is to ensure the cleanliness of our residential environmental learning center. The Housekeeper position will come in contact with guests and will need to have positive guest interactions and be a good team player. Housekeepers play an important role for our center.  This position has a range of $10-12/hr and is 8-20 hrs/wk.

General Responsibilities

∙ Acknowledges and greets guests with a warm, friendly greeting. 

∙ Provides excellent customer service

∙ Reviews daily cleaning tasks and schedules for upcoming programs.

∙ Cleaning of all building on center grounds including: dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, kitchen areas and common areas. 

∙ Perform quality cleaning to meet required standards within set time limits.

∙ Comply with all Audubon Center safety guidelines.

Job Qualifications


∙ High school diploma or equivalent.


∙ Housekeeping and customer service experience required.

∙ Strong organizational skills required. 

∙ Must have attention to detail.

∙ Be able to lift up to 35 lbs.

∙ Great customer service skills.

To Apply: 

Send letter of interest/resume (or job application) with contact information to:

Bryan Wood

Audubon Center of the North Woods

PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN  55072  

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