Wilderness Field Station: Operations and Education Manager and Station Chef

Coe College is hiring for two summer positions at our undergraduate teaching field station located near Ely, Minnesota, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Wilderness Field Station is off the grid, and courses revolve around giving students exposure to the wilderness environment around them. We host 15-25 students at a time, along with associated staff, faculty and visitors. Coe is actively working to improve the sustainability of our field station.

Both positions begin in mid-June and end mid-August, and room and board are included. These positions are not benefit eligible but are paid by stipend. Please review the information below, and email Jesse Ellis at jellis@coe.edu with a resume, cover letter and 3 reference contacts. We hope to make a hiring decision by March 1, 2019.

Station Chef Qualifications:

  • Minnesota Certified Food Manager Certification from the MN Department of Health.
  • Prior experience or training in food service, especially for large groups.
  • Successful completion of a background and driver checks in accordance with Coe College Policy.

A link to the Station Chef job description is here.

Operations and Education Manager Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience planning and leading wilderness trips in an educational context.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification. 
  • Knowledge of the Ely, MN community useful but not necessary. 
  • Successful completion of a background and driver checks in accordance with Coe College Policy.

A link to the Operations and Education Manager job description is here.


Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about Coe College, our commitment to a multicultural educational environment, and requirements for employment click here.

Coe College, a highly selective private liberal arts college, offers superior academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. With 1,400 students, Coe's attractive campus is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a vibrant metropolitan area of 267,000 residents in Iowa's Creative Corridor, providing a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities.