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.
• 2-3 years of prior experience delivering science and ecology-based curriculum to middle and high school students in a formal or informal setting;
• Outdoor leadership experience working with young adults in remote settings;
• Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, natural resource management, or related field; OR equivalent experience;
• Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to work with youth across a wide variety of backgrounds
• Experience and skill camping and ability to teach outdoor living skills;
• 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;
• Field research experience within the Bitterroot Valley or surrounding areas;
• Knowledge and familiarity with the MPG Ranch;
• Curriculum development experience;
• Leave No Trace trainer or master educator certification;
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.