The Yellowstone Field Intern will work with both Ecology Project International (EPI) as a student course leader and the National Park Service’s (NPS) bison team as a field technician. This internship allows aspiring outdoor professionals to learn, practice, and develop the fundamental skills necessary for a successful career in this field. Interns will benefit from real-world experience delivering field courses to EPI Yellowstone participants and gain the skills essential to work as a wildlife field technician with the NPS. This intern will also cultivate the connections necessary to move forward with a career in conservation sciences, making this a unique opportunity for aspiring conservationists.
Under the supervision of EPI instructors and program staff, the intern will develop their skills in group leadership, risk management, logistics, experiential teaching techniques, teamwork and group dynamics, and ecology field research. Other responsibilities include working as part of a team to help with camp chores, curriculum delivery, group management, and camp maintenance. Additionally, the intern will create educational activities to share their work experience with students who have an interest in wildlife and resource management.
While working alongside members of the NPS bison team, the field intern will collect data using radio telemetry, complete grazing analysis, and transport grazing exclosures, among other tasks. The opportunity to actively assist NPS biologists with data collection will enable interns to develop a deeper understanding of research methods and rationale.
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.