The Yellowstone program assistant plays an integral role in achieving programmatic goals and delivering Yellowstone wildlife ecology and winter ecology courses, as well as the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship. They will be primarily responsible for all of the logistical aspects of the program implementation, including but not limited to: gear, food, vehicles, and lodging. During the non-field season this position will help with gear and vehicle maintenance, vendor review and acquisition, and program planning. The Yellowstone program assistant will also support delivery of field staff training at the start of the field seasons and season close activities at the end of the season. In addition to these core responsibilities, the program assistant will support local program recruitment and enrollment efforts, with a particular emphasis on enrollment systems for processing participant paperwork and payments.

The program assistant may also be called upon to act as an emergency or planned back-up to our Yellowstone and Bitterroot Wildlife Internship field staff. This will be dependent on program need, program assistant availability, and the assistant’s prior field experience and credentials.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Full Time


2-3 years of experience in field research, field education programs, nonprofit organizations, or other dynamic logistical settings
Experiential/environmental/outdoor education experience
Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to work directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Required Skills:

Experience developing and implementing gear, food, and paperwork organization systems, while adhering to an organizational budget
Experience managing data and projects with online platforms, such as Salesforce, Asana, etc.
Vendor management and relationship-building experience
Basic vehicle maintenance skills: checking oil, maintaining tires, changing bulbs, etc.
Minimum 21 years of age; with a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record

Preferred Skills:

Prior experience as an EPI Yellowstone field instructor
Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications or willingness to obtain
Event planning experience
Proficiency with social media platforms, specifically Facebook and Instagram
Proficiency with the Adobe CreativeSuite; particularly InDesign.

About Ecology Project International

EPI is an international non-profit dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and middle/high school students. We engage adolescents from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. EPI’s programs in the U.S. and Latin America inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to engage in conservation efforts at home and around the world. More information can be found at www.ecologyproject.org.

Application Instructions

Submit application materials here: ecologyproject.org/employment Questions can be directed to Alexei Desmarais, Yellowstone Program Manager: [email protected]