Environmental Education Internship in Yellowstone, Jan-Aug 2016

FW by Andy Wilson


Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program Field Interns

Job Announcement

Application period closes November 13th, 2015

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. More information can be found at www.ecologyproject.org

Description: Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring interns to help lead five to nine-day field ecology courses for middle school and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for our winter and summer courses (February through August). Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.

During Yellowstone courses, students work with research partners (e.g. National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service) to collect data for wildlife research projects. Participants in our summer program also engage in a hands-on conservation service project with partners like the National Park Service or National Parks Conservation Association. Additionally, there is time dedicated to exploring Yellowstone National Park, playing in the snow (winter), and whitewater rafting (summer).

Field interns, as a member of a three person field team, 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 provide relevant ecology and science lessons to students. Between the winter and summer program seasons interns will work in the office to help prepare gear and paperwork.


Supervise group cooking and camping chores.

Actively participate in all EPI field courses and assume a leadership role on course.

Promote and ensure a safe learning/living environment.

Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.

Serve as a mentor for students.

Support field instructors before, during, and after the field courses.

Support accurate field research data collection.

Keep course gear organized, clean, and in good working order.

Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.

Maintain clear communication with chaperones, participants, partners, instructor(s), and other EPI staff.

Assist in the preparation and closure of each course, including completing paperwork, managing gear, and purchasing course food.

Assist in managing logistical challenges and emergencies on course.

Show and maintain a positive attitude.

Other duties as assigned.



Some teaching or mentoring experience, preferably with high school age students;

Enthusiasm for working with student groups in remote areas;

Experience camping and living in outdoors, especially preparing meals on camp stoves;

Must be willing to work hard and actively participate as part of a team;

Valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record;

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;

Legally able to work in the US;

English fluency;

Minimum 21 years of age.


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, or related field.


This is a six month position from mid-January to end of August. Field interns must participate in a required, unpaid training session starting on January 19th in Missoula, MT. Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program field interns work primarily in the field during the program season assisting with EPI field courses. Between the winter and summer programs interns will have the opportunity to learn more about program coordination by working in the office on paperwork and with gear.


Lodging in Missoula, MT for non-local interns.

Room and board while on-course & during training.

· Stipend of $175 per week worked (where at least one day of the week is worked on course.

· $8.05/hour for office work.

Professional development and training throughout the internship.

To apply: Click here

Questions about this position and/or application can be made to: The Yellowstone program coordinator, Lisa Macki, at lisa


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