Field instructors in the Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone Program work in teams of three to 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 summer courses, students work with research partners (e.g., National Park Service) to collect data for wildlife research projects. Participants also engage in a hands-on conservation service project with partners like B Bar Ranch or National Parks Conservation Association. Additionally, there is time dedicated to observing wildlife, experiencing Yellowstone’s unique geology, and whitewater rafting at the end of the course. Field instructors guide student exploration via relevant ecology and scientific process lessons while practicing responsible relationships to place.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and skills in environmental education, field research, outdoor leadership, and/or the ecology, geography and cultures of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Instructors work as a team with support from program staff to plan, lead, and teach EPI’s curriculum. Instructors coordinate logistics and opportunities with partners, vendors, group chaperones, and participants to craft an inspirational and educational experience. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe physical and emotional learning environment.

Because of the diversity of Yellowstone participants and EPI staff, field instructors should have the skills to address implicit bias and be culturally responsive in interactions with students and co-workers. Instructors are also encouraged to identify ways in which we can enhance inclusivity in planning and implementing our program.

● Provide and lead a positive experience for EPI participants in the field with two co-instructors.
● Plan and deliver quality experiential environmental education lessons to diverse program participants.
● Create and foster an inclusive group culture and positive learning environment among participants and co-workers.
● 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, vendors, research partners, co- instructor(s), and EPI office staff.
● Give and receive quality feedback with co-workers and supervisor and integrate feedback into work.
● Drive EPI vehicles (between Missoula and Gardiner at the start and end of courses, then 2-4 hours per day on course) and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
● Supervise group cooking and camping chores with co-instructors, in a front country camp setting

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● Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field; or equivalent experience.
● Experience delivering science and ecology-based curriculum.
● Overnight outdoor leadership experience working with young adults in remote areas.
● Field research experience.
● Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA), or higher, and CPR certifications.
● Valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record.
● Minimum 21 years of age.

Required 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 daypack 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.

Preferred Skills:

● 2-3 years of prior experience instructing middle to high school students in a formal or informal setting.
● Knowledge and familiarity with the Rocky Mountains, especially the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
● Wilderness First Responder certification.
● Wildlife biology research experience, especially with species of the Rocky Mountains.
● Experience towing trailers with work vehicles.

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

Applications will be reviewed when received and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Positions are open until filled. Please follow the link to find our application portal: https://ecologyproject.bamboohr.com/careers/72?source=aWQ9MTM%3D