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Ecology Project International
Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring interns to help deliver five- to nine-day field ecology courses for middle and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during our summer season (May through August). Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to interview for field instructor positions for the following program year (January through August 2020). Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.
Field intern positions at EPI Yellowstone are opportunities for aspiring outdoor educators to learn, practice, and develop the fundamental skills necessary for a successful career in this field. Interns benefit from hands-on experience helping instructors deliver the best educational and field experience possible to EPI Yellowstone participants. Under the supervision of instructors and program staff, EPI interns develop their skills in group leadership, risk management, logistics, experiential teaching techniques, teamwork and group dynamics, and ecology field research.
Each internship is an individualized progression, and interns will work with program staff and their instructor team to develop and advance their skills. Individual progressions will vary based on the prior experience and interest of each intern. Field interns, as a member of a three-person field team, also guide students in the preparation of all meals in the field, maintain EPI field equipment, transport students, lead students in leadership activities/games, and support field instructors in conducting all courses. As the internship progresses, interns will be called upon to deliver ecology and science curriculum to students. Upon demonstration of sufficient professional growth, summer interns will have the opportunity to interview for field instructor positions for the following program year (January through August 2020).
- Support field instructors in the preparation and closure of courses including completing paperwork, managing gear, or other course related tasks.
- Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
- Supervise group cooking and camping chores.
- Complete data entry of student and chaperone evaluation data.
- Actively participate in all EPI field courses, and support and reinforce the leadership provided by course instructors.
- Promote and ensure a safe and inclusive learning/living environment.
- Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
- Assist in managing logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
- Maintain clear & consistent communication with chaperones, participants, partners, instructors, and EPI staff.
- Show and maintain a positive attitude.
- Serve as a mentor for students.
- Deliver curriculum and lead designated activities effectively, utilizing EPI educational techniques.
- Support accurate field research data collection.
- Demonstrate growth throughout the season in core outdoor education responsibilities including group leadership, risk management, experiential teaching techniques, and logistics.
- Other duties as assigned.