Field Intern - Yellowstone Winter Ecology Program

Ecology Project International Missoula, Montana
Deadline 09/26/2018
Job Type Internship

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 middle to high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect 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

Job Description: 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 winter courses (January through April). Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will have the opportunity to interview for summer field instructor positions (May through August 2019). 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.

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, winter interns will have the opportunity to interview for field instructor positions for the summer field season (May – August).

 Intern Responsibilities:

  • Support field instructors in the preparation and closure of courses including completing paperwork, managing gear, or other course related tasks.
  • Drive EPI vehicles and tow a trailer to transport participating students and gear.
  • Supervise group cooking and camping chores.
  • Complete data entry of student and chaperone evaluation data.
  • Actively participate in all EPI field courses, and support and reinforce the leadership provided by course instructors.
  • Promote and ensure a safe and inclusive learning/living environment.
  • Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI policies and protocols.
  • Assist in managing logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
  • Maintain clear & consistent communication with chaperones, participants, partners, instructors, and EPI staff.
  • Show and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Serve as a mentor for students.
  • Deliver curriculum and lead designated activities effectively, utilizing EPI educational techniques.
  • Support accurate field research data collection.
  • Demonstrate growth throughout the season in core outdoor education responsibilities including group leadership, risk management, experiential teaching techniques, and logistics.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Some teaching or mentoring experience, preferably with middle or high school age students;
  • Enthusiasm for working with student groups in remote areas;
  • Experience camping and living in outdoors, especially preparing meals for large groups 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.


The Yellowstone winter ecology program runs December 31, 2018 through April 2019. Winter field interns must participate in a required, pre-employment, unpaid training session starting on December 31, 2018 in Missoula, MT. Yellowstone winter ecology program field interns work primarily in the field during the program season on EPI field courses.

Compensation and benefits:

  • Upon completion of training, $175 USD/week for Sunday-Saturday periods where the intern works at least one day, for the duration of the contract period.
  • Free, shared housing in Missoula, MT.
  • Room and board while on-course & during training.
  • Professional development and training throughout the internship.

Access to discounts with popular outdoor gear retailers.


To apply: Applications will only be accepted electronically. Apply online here.

Questions about this position and/or application can be directed to: Yellowstone program supervisor, Rachel Garwin, at

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.
2018 winter intern, Luke, teaches a practice lesson.. Uploaded by Ecology Project International
2018 winter intern, Luke, teaches a practice lesson.. Uploaded by Ecology Project International

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