The CWES Graduate Assistantship is a unique opportunity for those
interested in gaining teaching, mentoring and supervisory experience in
the environmental education field while pursuing a Masters in
Environmental Education and Interpretation. The assistantship is a
two-year commitment. The next graduate assistantship will begin in May
of 2016. If you are interested, please contact Tom Quinn, Program
Manager, at 715-346-2705.
- Contact Tom Quinn with your initial interest.
- Complete the application for graduate school for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
- Complete the application requirements for the College of Natural Resources.
Graduate Assistant Job Description (Annual Appointment):
During the academic year, graduate assistants assist course
instructor(s) in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the 4-credit
NR 376/576 Practicum in Environmental Education and the 12-credit NR 482
Practicum in Environmental Education/Interpretation courses. Both are
taught at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. In addition, the
graduate assistant will work as the Assistant Summer Camp Director their
first summer and Summer Camp Director their second summer.
Supervisor: CWES Program Manager
Secondary Supervisor: CWES Director
- Help undergraduate students develop confidence in their
teaching and leadership abilities; help students reflect on their own
teaching/leadership skills and offer suggestions for growth.
- Provide leadership of daily practicum and/or evening teaching team as needed.
- Act as liaison between visiting teachers and the CWES practicum
students on daily/evening teaching teams. This includes providing
teacher/chaperone orientations to help facilitate seamless field trip
experiences for K-12 students.
- Manage special projects that support NR 376/576 and NR 482 advancement.
- Guide undergraduate students in lesson preparation by grading weekly
lesson preps and facilitating debriefing sessions several days a week.
- Teach environmental education programs weekly to visiting school groups.
- Model environmental education teaching methods for undergraduate and
graduate students enrolled in the practicum in an effort to assist the
students in improving their own teaching abilities.
- Assist Program Manager in training practicum students during three day mandatory training session before each semester begins.
- Be an ambassador of the CWES and the UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources at conferences and job fairs.
- Be an active member of the CWES Team by participating in staff
meetings when available, assist in creation of publications, help
coordinate special events, and other duties as assigned.
Hours: Average at least 20 hours/week throughout the academic year.
Duties for Summer Camp Director & Assistant Summer Camp Director:
Summer Programming/Program Support
- Work with administrative staff to develop, plan and market summer camps.
- Required to live on site during June, July and August in private residence with other graduate assistant.
- Assist in hiring summer staff by participating in job fairs,
recruiting staff, interviewing candidates and conducting reference
- Evaluate all summer camp programs and summer staff members.
- Assist in delivering summer camp programs as needed including immediate coverage such as with a sick counselor.
- Coordinate weekly schedules and logistics associated with programming and registration and departure days.
- Work with CWES administrative staff to facilitate activities for
private camps during the summer. This may include coordinating use of
equipment, waterfront or facilities.
- Run the Trading Post (Assistant S.C. Director) including collecting
camper money, stocking, reconciling sales and distributing remaining
camper money at end of each week.
- Create weekly DVD of each camp to be sold in Trading Post on
departure day and for final slide show before lunch on last day. Collect
photos and video from counselor naturalists throughout week to
- Lead the two week staff training program with assistance from the CWES administrative staff.
- Act as a liaison for CWES with Natural Resource Career camp speakers.
- Facilitate evaluation of all summer camps. Prepare end-of-summer evaluation with recommendations for following summer.
- Work with CWES Program Manager to make sure all supplies are purchased two weeks before each camp begins.
- Oversee inventory/maintenance of all summer camp equipment including
lesson supplies, backpacking equipment, waterfront equipment, etc.
- Work to accommodate all camper and staff special needs.
- Revise the Summer Camp Manual at the end of the summer.
- Prepare/coordinate program resources before staff training to support staff in delivering high quality programs.
- Coordinate registration days, act as a parent liaison
Summer Camp Health and Safety
- Conduct weekly inspections of CWES summer camp to ensure
compliance with HFS 175 state codes for public health inspection. Train
staff and retrain as necessary to ensure their understanding of the
importance of their role in maintaining a healthy and safe camp
operation. Enforce CWES and UWSP safety rules as directed by the CWES
Director during CWES Health, Safety, and Stewardship Training and other
- Revise as necessary, the CWES Waterfront Manual, CWES Health
Lodge Manual and other health/safety-related documents in support of
Summer Camp. All revisions need to be cleared by the CWES Director.
- Have a clear knowledge and understanding of CWES emergency and medical procedures.
- Ensure prescribed health/safety protocols are followed for all camp
activities including, but not limited to: Archery, challenge course,
primitive camping/tripping, evening activities, and waterfront
activities. Ensure compliance at all times with adult/child ratios
required by state law.
- Assist the CWES administrative staff in training all staff in CWES
safety policies and procedures including standing orders and emergency
procedures for weather, strangers, abuse/neglect, emergency vehicle
status/check out etc.
- Keep all staff and camper medical records and applicable
certifications including CPR/First Aid, Lifeguard, First Responder on
file and accessible for state inspectors. Maintain confidentiality of
all staff medical history files.
- Ensure the health, safety and well being of all campers and summer staff at CWES at all times.
- Ensure compliance by Summer Staff with CWES code of Conduct at all
times, informing the CWES Director of all infractions so that further
disciplinary action may be taken.
- Have a clear knowledge and understanding of all HFS 175 summer camp
laws relating to programming (i.e. waterfront, camper safety and
supervision, off site trips, Health, camper ratios, etc) and enforce
- Promptly inform the CWES Director or Program Manager of all and any
accidents/incidents occurring during the summer season and complete
proper paperwork as directed by CWES Director and Office Manager. In
the absence of the CWES Director or designated representative, follow up
as necessary through UWSP. Make sure all summer staff complete workers
compensation forms within the required time limit.
- Undergraduate degree in Environmental Education, Natural Sciences, Education, or related field
- Minimum 1 year experience working full-time in a related field and/or multiple summer internships/experiences in a related field
- Must meet all minimum graduate student requirements of UWSP and the College of Natural Resources
$13,124 for 12 months + health insurance with required student paid
premiums. Out of state residents pay Wisconsin tuition. Minnesota
residents pay a separate tuition that is higher than Wisconsin students,
but lower than the normal out of state tuition cost. Free lodging on
site (required June-August); meals provided when groups are on site,
CWES computers have Creative Suite 4, Microsoft Package and high speed
DSL Internet so students can work on most class projects at CWES versus
traveling to Stevens Point to use a computer lab on campus.