Renowned for its accredited researched-based undergraduate field programs, Wildlands Studies seeks candidates holding an MSc or PhD to be the Lead Instructor for new field programs. Students consistently report that their Wildlands Studies experience added depth and meaning to their on-campus classes and “changed their lives”. Wildlands Studies instructors enhance their own credentials with unique opportunities to teach in the field while engaging students in active research.

The Lead Instructor will direct students on an academically rigorous, wilderness-based six-week field study to explore habitats and cultures of specific USA-based and international locales. We are specifically seeking new international and USA-based locations that will attract students and cover a wide variety of topics and terrain within our mission. In addition to our open call, we specifically welcome proposals for Belize, New Zealand, and Australia to replace current instructors, and new locales in the Pacific realm, Southeast Asia, and South America. Students earn 5-15 quarter credits for three field classes covering Environmental Studies, Field Research Practices, and Environment and Culture. Lead Instructor is responsible for on-going seminars, lectures, instruction, guided field work and field methods, and assessment of all student work, as well as group dynamics and the overall well-being of participants. Review our Lead Instructor description on our website. Compensation is competitive.


Knowledge and experience of field study location required. Applicants must have Masters degree in hand; PhD Candidates and/or completed PhD preferred. A qualified Lead Instructor will have experience leading field study programs and teaching at the undergraduate level, specifically upper division environmental studies classes; a good sense of humor, flexibility, patience, and understanding; be a physically fit experienced outdoorsperson capable of leading students on day hikes and multi-day overnight backpacking trips; a capable and skilled group facilitator able to spend 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with up to 16 students aged 18-23 for the duration of the program managing associated interpersonal dynamics; an accomplished logistical planner capable of managing the overarching and day-to-day logistics, program finances and communications; certified in First Aid and CPR (preferably WFR) and able to competently and confidently manage medical emergencies and other medical situations should they arise. Reference checks, fingerprinting and background checks are required before any offer is finalized.

Program Dates

We are currently accepting proposals for our 2024-2025 academic year (Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025). Locations that include a wildlife study or marine focus always preferred. Review www.wildlandsstudies.com for details.

Tagged as: Conservation, Research/Science and Technical, Teaching/Education

About Wildlands Studies

Wildlands Studies offers the rare opportunity for students to join PhD/MSc credentialed faculty in the field to study critical environmental and wildlife concerns on diverse international programs. Our small teams of 8-16 undergraduates immerse themselves in unique ecosystems and cultures to learn the latest environmental research. Nomadic by design, our field programs are camping based and earn up to 15 quarter credits. The overarching goal is for students to gain extensive knowledge about a specific region and the broader skills of ecological, geological and social sciences to effectively pursue their future careers.

Application Instructions

Application Process Review website and current course offerings to ensure understanding of program requirements. Complete an online application and upload a CV, cover letter detailing experience with course topics/field study experience and brief initial course proposal. We are working very quickly to identify suitable candidates and move forward with new programs.