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Position: Boundary Waters Connect Internship 


Location: Based in Ely, Minnesota


Dates: Begins mid-may,  3 month internship 

Supervised By: Lacey Squier, Boundary Waters Connect Manager


Boundary Waters Connect was organized by the economic and community development task force of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness. Boundary Waters Connect supports and invests in healthy communities and healthy economies along the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWACW) Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness unites people to advocate for the protection of the wilderness and wild places, especially the BWCA and the greater Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Serve as a representative of Boundary Waters Connect (BWC) and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW); provide a welcoming and educational presence for visitors to the Ely HQ facility, and attend various community meetings and events. 

  • Develop content for and post content to BWC YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram account. 

  • Lead the effort to compile ongoing volunteer opportunities of Ely-area nonprofit organizations to create a volunteer “job board” page on the BWC website. 

  • Populate list of governmental and nonprofit resources relevant to businesses and new residents for economic and community development in NE Minnesota. 

  • Collaborate with BWC manager to plan and facilitate BWC-sponsored programs, including professional development programs in Society Hall Workspace, new resident socials, BWC presence at Ely’s Fourth of July Parade, and other BWC collaborations. 

  • Support the hybrid (virtual and in-person) community forum known as Tuesday Group. This includes maintaining a publicly available digital archive of recorded Tuesday Group programs and submitting Tuesday Group event information to various public calendars. 

  • Provide administrative support to Ely-based NMW staff. 

  • Other duties as assigned. 


Desired Skills or Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated leadership skills. 

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), as well as a demonstrated willingness to engage in ongoing DEIJ education. 

  • Experience with event planning and facilitation. 

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to engage positively with a broad array of people and constituencies. 

  • Demonstrated comfort with learning new technologies. 

  • Familiarity with the Google suite of products, Zoom, Canva and CRM databases such as EveryAction.

  • Ability to work independently. 

  • Passion for Boundary Waters Connect’s mission. 



  • 32 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends. 

  • Intern must provide their own transportation. 



  • Compensation at $15/hour

  • If applicable, we will work with you to arrange college credit for this position.

  • Training is provided.

  • Housing provided if needed. Note the housing is available between mid-May and early August.

Contact us

Please send a resume and cover letter, including your dates of availability for the internship to Lacey. 


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