National Eagle Center Careers

Join our team of eagle enthusiasts committed to conservation 

There are many opportunities to become part of the National Eagle Center’s mission. They include part-time and full-time employment, internships, and volunteer experiences.

However you choose to commit your time and energy, we look forward to welcoming you.

Paid Positions

Visitor Services Associate (Part-time)

Are you a people person? We would love for you to help welcome guests, assist with admissions, retail and membership purchases, as well as  perform light housekeeping duties.

The position is 10-20 hrs/wk.

SKY Mascot Performer/ Handler (Part-time)

Are you a natural performer who is highly motivated and energetic? You might be just the person to be our eagle mascot, SKY and appear at both the Center and at community events.

If you have experience performing, possess excellent non-verbal communication skills, are  athletically and physically fit, and have a creative and humorous personality, we want to meet you! The ideal height for the costume is 5’5″ – 5’8″.

The position is 10-20 hrs/wk.

Seasonal Naturalist (Full-time)

This is a full-time seasonal position that begins as soon as possible and runs through October 31st, 2022.This position is not eligible for health benefits, or ability to sign up for a SIMPLE IRA plan. This position will begin to accrue paid-time off upon their hire date and may begin to use paid-time off beginning 90 days after the hire date. These individuals are responsible for delivering dynamic programs to a variety of groups that are of varying ages and group sizes. They will provide educational information to all guests through a variety of established programs. This is an hourly position with 35-40 hours per week at wage of $13/hour.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Must have a valid United States driver’s license and ability to drive and travel on an as needed basis.
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree with concentration in wildlife, environmental education, or related field is preferred
  • Six (6) months of experience working in a similar guest service role in zoo or museum setting is preferred
  • Experience collaborating with multiple departments to attain mutually beneficial success
  • Public speaking experience
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team
  • Ability to engage guests and employees in a highly energizing and motivating way
  • Knowledgeable of avian biology and/or behavior, specifically eagles
  • Able to effectively communicate in English, in both written and verbal forms
  • Proficiency in the use of computer software such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, etc. As well as also being proficient in Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google sheets and in office technology such as copier, telephone, and projector, etc.
  • Excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with all contacts
  • Work varied shifts, including weekends and holidays

Internships

Do you support the mission of the National Eagle Center and our passion for eagles? Become an intern! An internship is a great opportunity to develop skills in:

naturalist interpretation
public speaking
nonprofits
recreation and tourism

We work to individualize the internship as much as possible by looking at your prior experience, skill set and goals. Our staff will work with you to find the best fit!

Areas of Interest & Need

Avian Care

Learn what is required to care for our resident eagles and perform daily husbandry tasks. Daily husbandry includes cleaning the eagle enclosure, food preparation, perch maintenance, and enrichment for the resident eagles.

Education

Help our staff develop educational resources that align to Minnesota and Wisconsin K-12 curriculum standards.

Fishing on the Refuge

Gain skills in project management and hands-on environmental education. This summer program offers young people the chance to learn about responsible angling and connecting with the outdoors on the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Golden Eagle Survey

Assist with the Golden Eagle Survey during winter months and participate in bird surveys, coordinate survey volunteers, and data entry.

Interpreter

Learn about Bald and Golden Eagles, develop naturalist interpretation skills, and prepare and present a live eagle program for the public.

All interns have the opportunity to learn about a variety of aspects of a non-profit business, including marketing, fundraising, and customer service. Students with a specific interest in these areas are welcome to inquire about internship experiences specific to any of these areas.

Internships at the National Eagle Center are unpaid.

Limited housing is available on site. Many interns have worked with their universities to receive college credit.

Ready to apply?

Submit your completed application, three references, and your resume.

Want to become a volunteer?

Volunteers help create a high-quality experience for National Eagle Center guests.

As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to meet visitors of all ages, share your passion for eagles, and support our mission of providing impactful eagle education and experiences.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the National Eagle Center and provide your name, phone number, email address, and the best time to contact you.