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Ecology Project International
Field instructors in the Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone Program teach five- to nine-day field ecology courses for middle and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.
During Yellowstone summer courses, students work with research partners (e.g., National Park Service) to collect data for wildlife research projects. Participants also engage in a hands-on conservation service project with partners like B Bar Ranch or National Parks Conservation Association. Additionally, there is time dedicated to observing wildlife, experiencing Yellowstone’s unique geology, and whitewater rafting (nine-day courses). Field instructors guide student exploration via relevant ecology and scientific process lessons while engaging them in the practice of Leave No Trace and taking advantage of teachable moments (e.g., Redefine the Classroom).
- Provide and lead a positive experience for EPI participants in the field.
- Plan and deliver quality experiential environmental education lessons to diverse middle and high school students.
- Be sensitive to the health and welfare of all participants and meet their developmental needs.
- Oversee and/or lead research activities in accordance with research protocols.
- Lead conservation service projects in accordance with risk management protocols.
- Establish and maintain clear communication with teachers, chaperones, participants, partners, co- instructor(s), and EPI staff.
- Effectively manage logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
- Conduct all courses with rigorous attention to risk management.
- Respond to medical emergencies and provide appropriate first aid following EPI’s medical protocols and according to your level of training.
- Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
- Participate in all EPI staff development sessions throughout the season, including staff training, staff meetings, staff retreats, and feedback/evaluation forms.
- Promptly and accurately complete paperwork associated with each course.
- Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
- Keep course gear organized, clean, and in good working order.
- Mentor EPI Yellowstone field interns and assist them in meal preparation management.
- Promote and ensure an inclusive and high quality learning/living environment.
- Show and maintain a positive attitude.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field;
- Experience delivering science and ecology-based curriculum;
- 2 years of prior experience instructing middle to high school students in a formal or informal setting, more preferred;
- Outdoor leadership experience with young adults;
- Enthusiasm for leading student groups in remote areas;
- Field research experience;
- Experience camping; ability to teach LNT camping skills;
- Willingness to work hard and actively participate as part of a team;
- Desire to mentor interns in areas like experiential education and group management techniques;
- Desire to make a difference in the world;
- Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications;
- Valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record;
- Minimum 21 years of age;
- Must be physically fit and capable of participating in intense physical labor including, but not limited to: ability to lift 50 pounds, spend 8-10 hours a day in all weather conditions (e.g., sun, heat, wind, cold, snow, etc.) and hike up to 5 miles a day with a day pack and equipment, ability to conduct repetitive hand and arm motions, and able to maneuver in tight spaces including bending and kneeling;
- Legally able to work in the US;
- English fluency.
- Wildlife biology research experience, especially with species of the Rocky Mountains;
- Knowledge and familiarity with the Rocky Mountains, especially the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem;
- Leave No Trace trainer or master educator certification;
- Curriculum development experience.
Schedule and Location:
The Yellowstone wildlife ecology program runs May through August 2019. Instructors will work approximately 40-65 paid days over the course of summer, not including a mandatory, unpaid pre-employment training session (room & board provided) to be held in early May.
- $80, $85, or $90 per day starting wage, determined by evaluation of prior experience. Thereafter, daily pay increases according to a 7-tiered pay scale based on field days worked.
- Instructors chosen as course leaders will make an additional $10 a day.
- $150 season start bonus, received upon transitioning from conditional to full hire status.
- Optional shared housing in Missoula, MT for $100 per month throughout the program season from 5/1/2019-8/31/2019.
- Room and board while on-course.