Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring two field instructors to mentor and deliver academic content for 12 Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program interns this summer. Interns and instructors will spend Sunday afternoon-Thursday of each week at the ranch completing conservation service projects (approximately 10hrs/week), conducting ecological research (approximately 16hrs/week), and learning about the Bitterroot Valley’s ecosystem (approximately 6 hrs/week). Instructors and interns will camp in a designated campsite on the ranch Sunday-Thursday. Conservation projects on the ranch might include fence repair or removal, invasive species mitigation, seed collection, native plantings, or similar work. Potential research involvement includes avian, soil, plant, ungulate, and insect projects. Instructors will also provide interns with the opportunity to build Leave No Trace awareness, develop wildlife observation skills, and hone their nature journaling abilities. The instructors are responsible for student supervision and rigorous risk management while delivering the field experience.
Because of the diversity of BWI participants (and of MPG and EPI staff), it is also important that field instructors have the skills to address implicit bias and be culturally responsive in interactions with participants and co-workers. Instructors are also empowered to identify ways in which we can enhance inclusivity in planning and implementing our program
• Plan, lead, and instruct quality experiential environmental education lessons to a diverse group of interns.
• Create and foster an inclusive group culture and learning environment among participants and co-workers
• Participate in all staff development sessions throughout the season including staff training, staff meetings, staff retreats, and feedback/evaluation forms.
• Give and receive quality feedback with co-workers and supervisor, and integrate feedback into work.
• Oversee and/or lead research activities in accordance with research protocols.
• Lead conservation service projects in accordance with risk management protocols.
• Effectively collaborate and communicate with teachers, chaperones, participants, partners, co- instructor(s), and EPI staff.
• Mentor interns in planning and completion of independent research projects.
• Effectively manage logistics before, during, and after courses.
Employment will start in mid May, when instructors are required to attend a season-opening “Meet and Greet” at EPI’s office in Missoula. Instructors will also work part-time in the office during the latter half of May to support program staff in preparing for BWI. Instructors will work approximately 53 days during the season, leading two internship sessions.
Compensation: $120/day for Monday-Thursday field days and $60 for Sunday field days. Instructors will be expected to work at least four hours in EPI’s Missoula office on Fridays, and this office-based work will be paid at $14/hour.
• Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, natural resource management, or related field; OR equivalent experience.
• Proven experience with field teaching and outdoor leadership with young adults.
• Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to work with youth across a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
• Enthusiasm for leading students in semi-remote areas.
• Experience and skill camping and ability to teach outdoor
• Current WFR
• Curriculum development experience.
• Field research experience within the Bitterroot Valley or surrounding areas.
• Knowledge and familiarity with the MPG Ranch.
• Leave No Trace trainer or master educator certification.
• Master's degree in related field.
About Ecology Project International
EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied conservation hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in five countries throughout the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide to become the next generation of conservation leaders.