Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Field Intern

  • Ecological Project International
  • Yellowstone National Park, WY, United States
  • Oct 10, 2016
Seasonal Biology/Ecology Environmental Education/Communication Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species Faculty/Instructor

Job Description

Description: Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring interns to help lead five to nine-day field ecology courses for middle and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for our winter (January through April) and summer courses (May through August). Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness. During Yellowstone courses, students work with research partners (e.g. National Park Service) to collect data for wildlife research projects. Participants in our summer program also engage in a hands-on conservation service project with partners like the National Park Service or National Parks Conservation Association. Additionally, there is time dedicated to exploring Yellowstone National Park, playing in the snow (winter), and whitewater rafting (summer). Field interns, as a member of a three person field team, 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 provide relevant ecology and science lessons to students.

Supervise group cooking and camping chores.
Actively participate in all EPI field courses and assume a leadership role on course.
Promote and ensure a safe learning/living environment.
Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
Serve as a mentor for students.
Support field instructors before, during, and after the field courses.
Support accurate field research data collection.
Keep course gear organized, clean, and in good working order.
Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
Maintain clear communication with chaperones, participants, partners, instructor(s), and other EPI staff.
Assist in the preparation and closure of each course, including completing paperwork, managing gear, and purchasing course food.
Assist in managing logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
Complete data entry of student and chaperone evaluation data following each course worked.
Show and maintain a positive attitude.
Other duties as assigned.

Some teaching or mentoring experience, preferably with middle or high school age students;
Enthusiasm for working with student groups in remote areas;
Experience camping and living in outdoors, especially preparing meals on camp stoves;
Must be willing to work hard and actively participate as part of a team;
Valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record;
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;
Minimum 21 years of age.

Knowledge of the Rocky Mountains/Intermountain West, especially the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem;  
Field research experience;
Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications;
Undergraduate coursework or bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science/studies, or related field.

The Yellowstone wildlife ecology program runs January through August 2017 and is divided into two work seasons, winter and summer. The winter season runs from January through mid-April, and the summer season runs from May to August. Winter field interns must participate in a required, unpaid training session starting on January 2nd in Missoula, MT. Summer field interns must be available on May 1 to participate in a required, unpaid training session with dates to be determined in early 2017. Yellowstone wildlife ecology program field interns work primarily in the field during the program season assisting with EPI field courses.

Compensation and benefits:
Upon completion of training, $175 USD/week for Sunday-Saturday periods where the intern works at least one day, to continue for the duration of the contract period. This is a non-taxable stipend.  
Shared housing in Missoula, MT for non-local interns. 
Room and board while on-course & during training.
Professional development and training throughout the internship.
Access to discounts with popular outdoor gear retailers.

Apply by October 28, 2016

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Intern (Paid)


Nonprofit- NGO


Upon completion of training, $175 USD/week. Housing assistance.

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