Executive Director

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
Organization Summary

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (PWELC) is primarily a day-use facility, near Spicer, MN, serving over 70 school districts with active outreach programming serving a 75+ mile radius. Structured as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we’re committed to providing outstanding environmental education and outdoor experiences to people of all ages. Deeply rooted in our Kandiyohi County community, we reach out to provide services for communities across Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

PWELC is looking for an Executive Director. This position serves as the center’s lead in directing overall operations. Our top candidate will have strong grant-writing experience, excellent people skills, the ability to communicate with a diverse audience, experience with financial reports and budgeting, and a passion for all things outdoors.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
West Central
Job type

Based on experience. Please submit salary requirements.


Full time salaried position. Some nights, some weekends for special events.

Primary Duties

1. Direct the overall operation of PWELC.
2. Administer the policies and procedures established by the Governing Board.
3. Prepare monthly reports for the Board; presented at each Board meeting.
4. Prepare an Annual Report
5. Complete all necessary correspondence.
6. Prepare the annual budget and coordinate audits as required.
7. Supervision: Provide direction and support for the Program Coordinator, YES! Program Director, office manager, and maintenance staff.

II. Fundraising:
1. Oversee all grant-writing and continue to seek additional grant opportunities.
2. Direct and maintain the membership recruitment effort. Function as lead fundraiser for PWELC operations.
3. Prepare presentations during a legislative session for additional funding as requested.
4. Coordinate PWELC Endowment and other gift-giving opportunities (Wills, estate planning, etc)

III. Program Development:
1. Review programs and program direction with program coordinator as well as review with Board committee yearly as consistent with
PWELC Mission.
2. Work with program coordinator to recruit, hire, train, and evaluate program instructors and interns.
3. Identify and secure the necessary equipment to successfully hold the advertised programs.
4. Teach classes when appropriate.
5. Continue to work with, foster and develop YES! Program.

IV. Operations
1. Supervise and direct PWELC building and grounds steward and maintenance staff.
2. Work with Kandiyohi County staff to maintain buildings and grounds in operable condition.
3. Coordinate legal working agreement with Kandiyohi County and PWELC.
4. Coordinate County financial support (budget) with County Administrator in reference to PWELC operational needs.
5. Develop working partnerships with local non-profit, governmental, and non-governmental conservation and educational groups and

V. Site Development:
1. Administer the long-range site plan as approved by the Board of Trustees; review on an annual basis.
2. Advise the Governing Board prior to and during construction projects.
3. Coordinate site development of natural areas (wetlands, restored prairies, woodlands) and the physical plant areas (main building,
Westby Building, maintenance shop, shooting range, challenge course, farm house, and barn/granary areas.) with the Board, the County and/or respective partners (e.g. US Fish & Wildlife; Nature Conservancy, MN DNR, etc.)

VI. Publicity:
1. Develop and implement a marketing and promotion plan that includes use of the social media.
2. Coordinate the preparation and publication of the newsletter 3 times a year
3. Deliver presentations to prospective clients and support groups.
4. Continue developing and improving the PWELC web page.
5. Increase awareness of PWELC through implementation of various strategies.


Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in Environmental Education or related field preferred or comparable experience including administration and grant writing/applications.

Prior experience in administration and teaching in environmental education preferred, to include management, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and volunteer recruiting and coordination. A minimum of seven to ten years’ experience is preferred.

Personal Characteristics:
Great people skills.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Task oriented.
Conceptual thinker.

How to Apply

Writing sample--"Why are you interested in this position and what makes you believe you would
be the best fit for the job?"
Summary of grant writing experience
Salary Requirements
3 references

Jim Tetzloff PWELC Board Chair


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