At the beginning of the summer I was told I had a job with a company my mother works for. It honestly sounded like a dream; good pay, flexible hours, and I would get to see my mom every day!
However, when I came home after my college graduation I was told my position was filled with an intern from the previous summer. I will admit, I cried. I had no idea how I was going to make money this summer and save up for student teaching in the fall and I had no idea what direction I should go in.
As destiny would have it, I saw a Naturalist Educator position on a job hunting website. I hungrily read the description, emailed my resume and waited anxiously. I kept thinking to myself, you’re an English teacher…why would they hire an English teacher? And then I received a phone call from Amber asking for an interview. Lo’ and behold a week later I was offered the position and from that point this summer has been one for the books. **wink wink**
I have been able to let my creative juices flow, work with kids, TEACH, and most importantly have fun. If it seems like I am SELLING you this job, truth is, I am. I could gush about all of the moments that made this summer the best (and I will, on the next blog post) but something everyone should know is how amazing the River Bend Nature Center staff truly is.
- Amber, our Education Coordinator is one of the most selfless and nurturing humans I have ever met. She helps you find your goals, listens to you when you feel like you’re not achieving them, pep-talks you into continuing, and then celebrates right alongside you when you have reached them. Whether those goals are in life or in education, she is the perfect person to have by your side as a mentor.
- Our Administrative Coordinator, Cindy, is the chronic office smiler. I have never seen her frown in the 85 days that I have been working here. She is just so exuberant in everything she does; she’s like a breath of fresh air. You would think with a title like “Administrative Coordinator” she would be somewhat scary, but if she sees a butterfly in the garden or a wild turkey at the front door she will be the first person to come and tell you to take a look. Everyone needs a Cindy in the office.
- Karen, is our part-time receptionist as well as our summer staff part-time mom. She has done my dishes almost every day even though I tell her not to, and she’s always the first to ask you how your camps/kids were that day.……She also laughs at all my jokes (even though I KNOW some of them aren’t funny)…which is only something a mother would do.
- Stephanie is our Interim Naturalist/Monarch Butterfly Hotel Coordinator. If you have walked into River Bend, I am sure you have noticed the swarm of beautiful butterflies we have and are breeding, and this is the lady behind it all! She is the smartest, goofiest, most loving ball of crazy and scientific facts I have laid eyes on. She seems to memorize everything in life from FRIENDS episodes to baking recipes to geo-caching.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is….if you ever wanted to work in a creative and highly rewarding environment with some of the most amazing people you could possibly meet in MN, then I advise you to put in an application to educate with River Bend Nature Center. It’ll be the best thing you do all year.
Left to right: Jen, Kenzie, Breanna, Emily, Jason
Stephanie, Amber, Cindy, Sydney
This is Kenzie,
AND REMEMBER! **Adventure is out there!!**