Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring interns to help deliver five- to nine-day field ecology courses for middle and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for our summer courses (May through August). Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.
Field intern positions at EPI Yellowstone are opportunities for aspiring outdoor educators to learn, practice, and develop the fundamental skills necessary for a successful career in this field. Interns benefit from hands-on experience helping instructors deliver the best educational and field experience possible to EPI Yellowstone participants. Under the supervision of instructors and program staff, EPI interns develop their skills in group leadership, risk management, logistics, experiential teaching techniques, teamwork and group dynamics, and ecology field research.
Because of the diversity of Yellowstone participants (and of EPI staff), it is also important that field interns have the skills to address implicit bias and be culturally responsive in interactions with participants and co-workers. Interns are also empowered to identify ways in which we can enhance inclusivity in planning and implementing our program.
Each internship is an individualized progression, and interns will work with program staff and their instructor team to develop and advance their skills. Individual progressions will vary based on the prior experience and interest of each intern. Field interns, as a member of a three-person field team, also guide students in the preparation of all meals in the field, maintain EPI field equipment, transport students, lead students in leadership activities/games, and support field instructors in conducting all courses. As the internship progresses, interns will be called upon to deliver ecology and science curriculum to students. Upon demonstration of sufficient professional growth, summer interns will have the opportunity to interview for field instructor positions for the next program season (January through August 2022).
• Actively participate in all EPI field courses, and support and reinforce the leadership provided by course instructors.
• Assist with lesson design and facilitation, as determined by the instructional team.
• Support field instructors in the preparation and closure of courses including completing paperwork, managing gear, or other course related tasks.
• Create and foster an inclusive group culture and learning environment among participants and co-workers.
• Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
• Supervise group cooking and camping chores.
• Serve as a mentor for students and create an emotionally safe learning environment for all participants.
• Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
Compensation: $175/week plus housing.
• Teaching or mentoring experience, preferably with middle or high school age students.
• Enthusiasm for working with student groups in remote areas.
• Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated ability to work with youth across a wide variety of backgrounds.
• Experience camping and living in outdoor settings, especially preparing meals for large groups on camp stoves.
• Experience and prior success working well on a small team in a dynamic and changing work environment.
• Knowledge of the Rocky Mountains/Intermountain West, especially the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
• Field research experience.
• Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
• Undergraduate coursework or bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science/studies, environmental education or 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.