Job Summary: Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone field instructors 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 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 and whitewater rafting. Field instructors guide student exploration via relevant ecology and science lessons while engaging them in the practice of Leave No Trace and taking advantage of teachable moments.
- Provide and lead a positive experience for EPI participants in the field.
- Promote and ensure a high quality learning/living environment.
- Plan, lead, and instruct 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 food purchasing and meal preparation management.
- Show and maintain a positive attitude.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field;
- Field teaching and 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;
- Must be willing 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’s summer season runs from May to August. Instructors will work approximately 40 field days over the course of the season. A mandatory training will be held in early May.
- $77 per day starting wage (increased to $82 after 35 field days & $87 after 75 field days).
- Instructors chosen as course leaders will make an additional $10 a day.
- Shared housing in Missoula, MT for non-local instructors.
- Room and board while on-course.
- Access to discounts with popular outdoor gear retailers.
$77 per day starting wage (increased to $82 after 35 field days & $87 after 75 field days).