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The Timber Wolf Alliance student assistant position is a limited-term position open to Northland College students seeking experience with a non-profit organization dedicated to using science-based information to promote an ecologically-functional wolf population in areas of suitable habitat and to promoting human coexistence with wolves.

The position typically begins in early September and continues until shortly before the end of the school year in April. Potential summer work may be available. Individuals who hold the work study position are responsible for a variety of communication, organizational, and educational tasks. The student is supported by volunteers who serve on the Timber Wolf Advisory Council, the executive director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and the TWA coordinator; but much of the work is completed independently with little direct supervision. Some travel and some evening and weekend work is required.

Responsibilities and Qualifications


  • Respond to postal and email queries from Timber Wolf Alliance constituents and the public with guidance from the board.
  • In collaboration with the College’s communications department and the coordinator, provide regular posts and informational updates for the Timber Wolf Alliance website and social media outlets.
  • In collaboration with the executive director of the Institute and the coordinator, prepare solicitations for current and potential Timber Wolf Alliance supporters.


  • Manage the distribution of the annual Wolf Awareness Week poster from the SOEI office.
  • Assist in executing activities for Wolf Awareness Week.
  • Assist in planning for the next year’s Wolf Awareness Week focus and activities.
  • Support Speakers Bureau and Advisory Council volunteers in the delivery of or participation in educational programs.
  • Electronically archiving historical TWA documents, artwork donated to TWA, and educational materials used for programs (skulls, pelts, poster boards, etc.)


  • Assist in further developing educational materials to reflect current research and changes in the Western Great Lakes Gray Wolf status.
  • Deliver educational programs to diverse audiences and age groups.
  • Support Speakers Bureau volunteers with updated materials and regular communications.


  • Student at Northland College.
  • Demonstrated interest in, understanding of, and experience with wolf biology and management, including social, political, and ecological issues.
  • Must have taken NRS 104: Wolf Ecology & Management weekend course.
  • Some experience and interest in developing and delivering educational programs.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to effectively use programs in the MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.

Organization Details

Timber Wolf Alliance