Field Instructors- Costa Rica, Belize, Hawaii, Ecuador

  • Ecological Project International
  • Belize City, Belize District, Belize
  • Oct 10, 2016
Seasonal Biology/Ecology Environmental Education/Communication Wildlife/Endangered Species Faculty/Instructor

Job Description

Description: EPI is offering positions as a Field Instructor at various locations for our February – August 2017 field season. Our programs are experiential; involving inquiry-based field science through curricula and hands on participation in conservation and research projects. Programs are offered in a variety of outdoor settings (marine coastal, tropical rainforest, high mountain, tropicalislands, etc.) and are 4 to 18 days in length.

Job Summary: An ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and aptitude in environmental education, the ecosystems, geographies and cultures of the program they are applying to work in.  Instructors work as a team with support from program staff to plan, lead, and teach EPI’s curriculum.  Instructors coordinate logistics and opportunities with partners, vendors, group chaperones, and participants to craft an inspirational and educational experience.  They are responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe physical and emotional learning environment.

Plan, lead, and deliver quality experiential science/conservation education programs to a diverse group of high school students in a manner that blends both EPI’s and the group’s expectations.
Effectively manage logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
Establish and maintain clear communication with teachers, chaperones, participants, co-instructor(s), and EPI office staff.
Be sensitive to the health and welfare of all participants and meet their developmental needs.
Show and maintain a positive attitude.
Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
Oversee and/or lead research activities in accordance with local research protocols.
Keep course equipment clean, organized, and in good working condition.
Participate in all EPI staff development sessions throughout the season, including staff trainings,staff meetings, staff retreats, and complete feedback and evaluation forms.
Mentor EPI interns to develop their skills and achieve outlined expectations.
Promptly complete and file paperwork associated with each course.
Help photo-document the experiences of EPI participants.
Promptly complete and submit paperwork associated with each course.
Complete Student Impact Stories documenting local student experiences for promotional materials.
Lead additional EPI activities involving Alumni and Outreach programs.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

General Instructor Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in education, biology, ecology, natural sciences, or related field.
More than 1 year teaching environmental education and leading groups of youth in the outdoors.
Experience leading trips and camping in remote areas, and ability to teach associated skills.
Field research experience.
Experience living or working in program location or similar environment.
Physical and mental condition to lead courses 24 hrs. each day for up to 18 days with a co-instructor in inclement weather, engaged in a variety of activities that require strength, agility,and endurance.
Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification (WFR preferred); individuals not certified at time of application must be willing to complete this certification before staff training.
Legally able to work in program country.
Able to pass criminal background check.
Must be at least 21 years of age.

Master’s degree in related field.
Leave No Trace trainer or master educator certification.
Experience with inquiry-based learning programs.
Knowledge and familiarity with ecosystems for each program.
Willing to work hard and actively participate as a member of a small team of instructors.
Schedule and location of current openings:
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program: March – July 2017
Program research emphasis is sea turtle and tropical rainforest ecology.  Principle research activity involves night census looking for leatherbacks, green and hawksbill turtle nests. Habitat restoration activities, tropical forest research, canopy tours, and white water rafting are also regular activities.
Ecuador Amazon to Andes Ecology Program: February – July 2017
Program focus is Andean Bear and Tapir research using radio telemetry.  Participants will explore Ecuador from the Amazon basin to the highlands of the Andes Mountains.  Highlights include interaction with local communities, whitewater rafting, and experiencing the diversity of ecosystems in Ecuador.
Belize Marine Ecology Program: February – August 2017
Program emphasis is the Caribbean environment and conservation. Participants look for the invasive species lionfish and engage in marine transects.  Terrestrial rainforest activities include birding, the use of camera traps to monitor mega fauna and cultural engagement.
Hawaii Island Ecology Program: May – July 2017
Program emphasis is island ecology and conservation within a cultural context. Groups will participate inland and water-based sea turtle conservation efforts; conduct marine-life snorkel transects; be immersed in local Hawaiian culture; and participate in ecological restoration activities.

Apply by October 31, 2016
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$67 - $124 USD per day, depending on experience. Lodging.

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