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Yellowstone Program Supervisor

Ecology Project International Missoula, Montana
Job Type Paid permanent

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 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

Job Summary: The Yellowstone program supervisor plays a pivotal role in the Yellowstone program team, as they will oversee the execution of program goals and maintain program quality by evaluating and improving existing systems used to deliver field courses. The program supervisor will be integrally involved in staff recruitment, training, and supervision, as well as supervise the operational aspects of research and conservation projects. They will be responsible for ensuring course quality and strong risk management through professional mentorship of the field staff who deliver courses and by working with staff from other EPI program sites to share best practices. The program supervisor will share course implementation duties with the Yellowstone recruitment and education coordinator and the Yellowstone program manager. Finally, the program supervisor will be responsible for most aspects of implementing the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program.

To create an inclusive environment for diverse Yellowstone and Bitterroot Wildlife Internship participants and EPI staff, it is critical that the program supervisor has the skills to constructively address implicit bias and be culturally responsive in interpersonal communication, program planning, and program implementation. The program supervisor will work with the Yellowstone program team in cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment for full-time and seasonal staff that encourages self-reflection, feedback, and commitment to professional growth.

This position is also empowered to identify new and creative ways to engage with co-workers to cultivate an environment true to our core values: making a positive difference in the world; bringing integrity, honesty, and excellence to all aspects of our work; appreciating the outdoors for education, inspiration and enjoyment; and having fun and thinking BIG!

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Yellowstone program manager to recruit seasonal field staff to deliver Yellowstone winter and wildlife ecology courses and the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship;
  • Plan and deliver office- and field-based training to Yellowstone and Bitterroot Wildlife Internship field instructors and interns at the beginning of the winter season and between the winter and summer seasons;
  • Work with other program staff to collaboratively address bias and develop policy solutions that support the attendance of participants from communities or populations traditionally marginalized in the dominant education system;
  • Supervise roughly 1/3 of Yellowstone winter and wildlife ecology field courses (emphasis on visiting courses), including but not limited to developing course itineraries and briefing notes, facilitating briefing and debrief meetings with the instructor team, coordinate course logistics and communicate with instructor team while they are in the field, etc;
  • Conduct field visits to observe and coach field staff in their delivery of Yellowstone wildlife and winter ecology courses and Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program (1-2 visits per season);
  • Develop training and reference materials for research and service projects, including but not limited to datasheets, written field protocols, research tool how-to guides, and education/training aids for field staff to use with students;
  • Manage research data that comes out of the field, including maintaining computer/online databases, data binders, and other data management systems;
  • Track research and conservation impacts in computer/online databases and report impacts within EPI and externally to partners, funders, and chaperones;
  • Update and maintain online training modules for Yellowstone and BWI field instructors and interns and monitor staff progress through the modules;
  • Work with existing partners (and cultivate new ones as appropriate) to deliver the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program;
  • Revise instructor handbook in conjunction with Program Operations and Education staff, including field medical policies, student management guidance, course operation instructions, and other sections;
  • Train and mentor field staff in risk management, including reviewing incident reports and providing feedback on field staff incident prevention and management;
  • Plan and lead mid-season and end-of-season debriefs, with help from other program staff;
  • Manage all aspects of the leased instructor house(s), including finding a house, leasing it, moving field staff in and out, maintaining standards that ensure cleanliness, collecting rent from field staff, etc.;
  • Liaise with Program Operations and Education Department staff and staff from other field sites to share best practices, program innovations, and learnings across program sites within EPI;
  • Serve as a backup field instructor or intern in the Yellowstone winter or wildlife ecology courses or Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program should a field instructor become ill or otherwise not be able to perform their duties in the field;
  • Participate in 24-hour emergency response system as a duty officer while Yellowstone courses are in the field;
  • Contribute to positive and welcoming community environment that is supportive to field staff and program staff, including those from non-dominant communities;
  • Facilitate the weekly Yellowstone team meeting, as part of a rotation with other program staff;
  • Provide 360° feedback and coaching of teammates within Yellowstone Program; and
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • At least three years of staff supervisory experience, of both seasonal and permanent staff
  • At least two years of experience delivering outdoor or environmental education programs, either from field or office
  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in biological sciences, ecology, natural sciences, or education
  • Field research experience beyond undergraduate level
  • Curriculum development experience
  • Group facilitation experience in team-building and professional development settings
  • Desire to work in fast-paced, collaborative office environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in project planning, organization, and management, including the ability to multitask and keep track of multiple simultaneous projects
  • Ability to balance big picture thinking with paying attention to details
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly adept at using technological tools to manage projects and organize/drive workflows (i.e. prior experience with project management tools, databases, etc., such as Salesforce, Dropbox/Box/Google Drive, Basecamp/MS Project/Asana)
  • Highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including frequent evening and weekend hours during the program season (December – August)
  • Valid Wilderness First Responder certification or willingness to obtain
  • Drivers’ license and insurable driving record
  • Must pass background check in line with EPI’s child protection policy

Preferred:

  • Field research experience in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Field instructor experience in outdoor, environmental, or adventure education programs
  • Vendor management experience
  • Spanish fluency

Schedule and Location: This is a full-time, salaried position based in Missoula, MT. The position will require occasional field time including but not limited to staff training, field visits to evaluate and coach instructors, partner meetings, and substitute instructing opportunities.

Compensation: $35,000/year. In addition, this position is eligible for a benefits package that includes paid time off, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, retirement and professional development and other benefits as detailed in EPI’s Employee Handbook.

HOW TO APPLY

Hiring Timeline & Process: The position is open until filled, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

We are only accepting applications through our online portal, located here: www.ecologyproject.org/about/jobs (select "Program Supervisor").

Please direct any questions to Rachel Garwin, Yellowstone program manager, at rachel (at) ecologyproject.org.

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