Jobs at EPI

Our dedicated staff is a creative group that strives to make a positive difference in our world – in the office, in the field, and in their daily lives. These individuals bring EPI’s vision to communities around the world.

Year-Round Positions

Seasonal Positions:

Staff turnover is typically low, although our needs continue to evolve as our programs grow. As year-round positions become available, we will announce them here. Please contact us if you have any questions about our organization or how you can become involved.

Year-round Positions

Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for EPI. This position oversees HR management in 5 Latin American countries and the U.S.

Accountability: The HR Manager reports to the Finance Director


  • Establishes and leads the standard recruiting and hiring practices and procedures necessary to recruit and hire a superior workforce.
  • Maintains management guidelines by preparing, updating, and recommending human resource policies and procedures and works with managers across the organization to implement them.
  • Completes and submits paperwork to external agencies including worker’s compensation claims, unemployment claims, verification of employment, etc.
  • Ensure management actions conform to employee handbook and labor law.
  • Participate in disciplinary and termination meetings.
  • Partners with management to communicate Human Resources policies, procedures, programs and laws.
  • Establishes and oversees onboarding process and in-house employee training system that addresses company training.
  • Evaluates and implements Performance Review systems.
  • Coordinates all Human Resources training; Provides necessary education and materials to managers and employees including workshops.
  • Maintains a pay plan by conducting periodic pay surveys; preparing pay budgets; monitoring and scheduling individual pay actions; recommending, planning, and implementing pay structure revisions.
  • Ensures planning, monitoring, and appraisal of employee work results by training managers; hearing and resolving employee grievances; counseling employees and supervisors.
  • Maintains employee benefits programs and informs employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs and trends; recommending benefit programs to management; obtaining and evaluating benefit contract bids; awarding benefit contracts; designing and conducting educational programs on benefit programs.
  • Ensures legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable human resource federal and state requirements; conducting investigations; maintaining records.
  • Maintains the work structure by updating job requirements and job descriptions for all positions.
  • Establishes off boarding process and analyzes exit interviews; recommending changes.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • Manages the development and maintenance of the Human Resources sections of the company website, particularly recruiting, culture, and company information; and the employee Intranet.
  • Participates in management and staff meetings and attends other meetings and seminars.
  • Familiarity with cloud systems and software: Small Improvements, Bamboohr

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, or Organization Development.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources positions.
  • Specialized training in employment law, compensation, organizational planning, organization development, employee relations, safety, training, and preventive labor relations, preferred.
  • Active affiliation with appropriate Human Resources networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement, preferred.
  • Spanish Language Skills, preferred.

Schedule and Location: This is a full-time, year-round position based in the EPI office in Missoula, Montana, during EPI’s core office hours (Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM).

To apply visit: Human Resource Manager

Mexico Program Assistant

The Program Assistant is responsible for supporting the Field and Alumni Programs where necessary. The Program Assistant maintains communication with all EPI Mexico programs to provide support in various tasks.

Accountability: The Program Assistant will operate under the supervision of the Program Coordinator.

Location: The position is based in La Paz, Mexico.

Essential Functions

Student Recruitment

  • Support Coordinators (Program, Recruitment and Alumni) in monitoring the student recruitment process with schools to ensure complete courses.
  • Help ensure that course paperwork and payments are complete.
  • Set pre-course meetings with student/parent groups.

Program Operations

  • Ensure that each course has complete and available resources.
  • Confirm itineraries and logistics with service providers.
  • Coordinate group transportation.
  • Maintain clear and open communication with service providers and EPI field staff.
  • Coordinate intercultural exchange day for US school visits.
  • Assist in the organization and execution of the Symposium / Student Festival.
  • Support in the preparation of course diplomas.
  • Compile relevant information from participating groups.
  • Maintain updated database of students and courses in SalesForce.
  • Maintain invertebrate, whale and turtle monitoring databases, ensuring they are complete and up to date.
  • Maintain current field data files, including pre- and post-course assessments.

Finance and Administration

  • Support with simple accounting tasks.
  • Along with the Program Coordinator, maintain the annual budget.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Spanish language skills required

Start Date: March 2, 2015

To apply visit: Mexico Program Assistant

Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator supports Ecology Project International’s conservation and education programs through the implementation of diverse fundraising efforts. The Development Coordinator will collaborate with and support other staff to identify, cultivate and steward our individual and corporate donors, through coordination and implementation of annual campaigns, fundraising and outreach events, database management, and supporter communications.

Accountability: The Development Coordinator is responsible to the Advancement Director

Schedule: This is a full-time, year-round position with an outstanding benefit package based in EPI headquarters in Missoula, Montana, during core office hours (weekdays from 9 AM – 5 PM), with occasional nights and weekends for event hosting.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Donation processing: code and process donations and pledges, enter into a Salesforce database, draft and prepare thank you letters, track and prepare renewal reminders, reconcile with Quickbooks
  • Fundraising campaigns: lead the development, implementation, and tracking of campaigns for EPI’s core donor base, including a holiday appeal, monthly donors, renewals, special occasions, crowdfunding, and online gifts
  • Database management: maintain EPI’s supporter database in Salesforce, run reports, generate mailing lists, and track campaigns
  • Communications: ensure all EPI donors receive personalized communications from EPI; design and distribute electronic newsletters and supporter updates using Vertical Response; work collaboratively to promote campaigns and events through social media; maintain donor-centric elements of EPI’s website; organize pint nights, houseparties, and other outreach activities; send pre- and post-course messages to all students and parents
  • Special events: support EPI’s annual fundraiser in San Francisco, including coordination of the auction, invitations, logistics, and volunteers; organize tabling materials and represent EPI at various community events
  • Volunteers: develop and organize EPI’s volunteer program in Missoula
  • Administrative support: maintain development calendar and systems binder, track relevant deadlines, prepare reports, and provide general administrative support to development staff.

The ideal candidate will excel as a member of a fast-paced team with multiple projects, activities, and deadlines that require the ability to juggle competing priorities. S/he will be very detail oriented and possess excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication, and computer savvy.


  • Excellent verbal, written, and personal communication;
  • Superior organizational skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and establish and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to engage donors and prospects verbally and in writing with sincerity and enthusiasm;
  • Two or more years’ experience with fundraising and event planning;
  • A desire to make a difference in conservation and education;
  • Strong computer skills, including database and standard office software.


  • Experience with SalesForce and/or other CRM or donor management software, Vertical Response, Expression Engine, and In-Design;
  • Bachelor degree;
  • Familiarity with Spanish.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Development Coordinator may supervise interns and volunteers for specific projects.

To apply visit: Development Coordinator
Open until filled, candidates will be reviewed starting Feb 27

Seasonal Positions

Bitterroot Wildlife Internship Instructor
Missoula, Montana, USA
open until March 6th or the position is filled

Ecology Project International (EPI) is hiring two instructors to mentor and deliver academic content for 12 interns for this summer. The Bitterroot Wildlife Internship (BWI) program is a partnership between Ecology Project International (EPI) and MPG Ranch to offer a unique experience for high school and early college students that combines ecological education, conservation service, and hands-on field research at the MPG Ranch in Florence, Montana from June-August. Each month-long intern session will be comprised of six interns. Interns will be paired with MPG researchers to engage in ongoing research projects and complete their own related research question. Interns and instructors will spend Sunday afternoon-Thursday of each week at the ranch completing conservation service projects (approximately 10hrs/week), conducting ecological research (approximately 16hrs/week), and learning about the Bitterroot Valley’s ecosystem (approximately 6 hrs/week) by day, and by night will camp out under the stars. Conservation projects on the ranch might include weed and fence removal, planting, and seed gathering. Potential research involvement includes avian, soil, plant, ungulate, insect, and carnivore projects. Other activities instructors will provide to interns during this internship include building Leave No Trace awareness, guiding wildlife observation, and journaling prompts.

About Ecology Project International:
EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between researchers and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide. Since 2005, EPI has offered the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program, a week long field-based ecology program for Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the Missoula area we are increasing our student impacts by offering outreach events, in addition to the Bitterroot Wildlife Internship program.

About MPG Ranch:
With 9,800 acres of conservation property in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, MPG Ranch stewards large, undeveloped landscapes for wildlife habitat and the enjoyment of future generations. MPG conducts research and collaborates with other local organizations and researchers that design and implement outreach and public education events. MPG researchers specialize in restoration and ecology and seek new ways to restore lands affected by invasive weeds, herbicide use, and other management practices that create disturbances. MPG works closely with local conservation groups and researchers to offer educational opportunities to students of all ages. From educational tours of the ranch to teaching college courses in genetics to hiring interns, MPG seeks to inspire and train the next generation of scientists to protect landscapes.

• Provide and lead a positive experience for interns in the field.
• Promote and ensure a high quality learning/living environment.
• Plan, lead, and instruct quality experiential environmental education lessons to a diversity of interns.
• Plan, lead, and instruct courses based on the intern’s expectations and abilities.
• Be sensitive to the health and welfare of all participants and meet their developmental needs.
• Understand, model, monitor, and enforce EPI/MPG policies and protocols.
• Participate in all staff development sessions throughout the season, including staff training, staff meetings, staff retreats, and feedback/evaluation forms.
• Oversee and/or lead research activities in accordance with research protocols.
• Lead conservation service projects in accordance with risk management protocols.
• Establish and maintain clear communication with participants, partners, co-instructor, and EPI staff.
• Effectively manage logistical challenges and emergencies on course.
• Conduct all intern activities with rigorous attention to risk management.
• Promptly complete and file required program paperwork.
• Safely drive EPI/MPG vehicles to transport students and gear.
• Show and maintain a positive attitude.

Proven field teaching and outdoor leadership experience with young adults;
Enthusiasm for leading student in semi-remote areas;
Field research experience within the Bitterroot valley or surrounding areas;
Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental education, natural resource management, or related field;
Valid driver’s license with insurable driving record;
Experience and skill camping and ability to teach the same;
Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications;
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;
Minimum 21 years of age;
Must be willing to work hard and actively participate as part of a team;
Desire to make a difference in the world.

Knowledge and familiarity with the MPG Ranch;
Curriculum development experience;
Leave No Trace trainer or master educator certification;
Master’s degree in related field;
Priority will be given to local, Missoula-area candidates.

• Room and board while in the field with interns Sunday – Thursdays.
• $100/day for field days. Office work will be paid at $12.50/hour).

Intern sessions are June 21st-July 16th and July 26th-August 20th. Instructors will work half a day each Friday. Additionally, there will be work days between sessions and after the second session to wrap-up the season. Instructors are required to attend instructor training, which includes three office days the last week of May and two field days the third week of June. Instructors will work approximately 45 days during the season.

To apply visit: Bitterroot Wildlife Internship Instructor Application

Missoula, Montana, USA

Open until filled, resume review will start on March 2nd

The Yellowstone program assistant will support our Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology and Bitterroot Wildlife Internship programs during the 2015 field season (May – August). The Yellowstone program assistant is responsible for coordinating logistical, vendor, and administrative details to insure smooth operation of more than a dozen Yellowstone courses and two Bitterroot Wildlife Internship sessions scheduled for the field season. In addition, the program assistant will support delivery of field staff training at the start of the field season and season close activities at the end of the season.

The Yellowstone program assistant may have the opportunity to work in an instructor or intern role on a Yellowstone field course or Bitterroot Wildlife Internship session. This will be dependent on program need, program assistant availability, and the assistant’s prior field experience and credentials.

This position is based in Missoula, Montana with time spent in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and at our partner’s property in the Bitterroot Valley. The Yellowstone program assistant reports to the Yellowstone program coordinator. This is a term position from May – September 2015, with the potential of becoming a full time, permanent position.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Gear purchasing, maintenance, and management for both programs;
• Vehicle maintenance, cleaning, and transportation;
• Collection and processing of participant paperwork;
• Data entry of participant information;
• Communicating program information to parents, participants, chaperones, and teachers;
• Participant evaluation and assessment data entry;
• Curriculum and educational materials preparation;
• Preparation of BWI intern & YEL participant materials (e.g. student journals, diplomas, etc.);
• Preparation of course accordions and instructor training materials;
• Meal planning, shopping list preparation, & food purchasing/ordering;
• Assist with planning of BWI intern/researcher meet & greet and end of season symposium;
• Prepare online training materials for field staff and monitor staff progress in system;
• Support delivery of field staff training;
• Manage vendor reservations;
• Manage program multimedia assets generated during field season (photos, videos, etc.);
• Assist in procurement, furnishing, and maintenance of field staff house in Missoula;
• Compile detailed financial information for all courses;
• Social media posting (Facebook and Instagram);
• Assist with mailings and other administrative tasks as requested;
• A punctual, detail-oriented, thorough, and independent approach to work.

Additional Opportunities: • Course evaluation and assessment data analysis; • Local student recruitment; • Planning and running outreach activities; • Course instruction or interning.

Required – Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, education, or other related field – Proficiency with Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher – Proficiency with social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – Exceptional attention to detail and an organized approach to all work – Experience developing and implementing gear, food, and paperwork organization systems – Ability to work independently – Ability to handle simultaneous, complex projects – Desire to work in a fast-paced, office atmosphere – Strong verbal and written communication skills – Minimum 21 years of age; with a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record – Basic vehicle maintenance skills: checking oil, maintaining tires, changing bulbs, etc. – Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings, weekends, and in the field.

Preferred – Wilderness First Responder certification – Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator certification – Experiential education experience – Experience creating or revising inquiry-based and/or constructivist-based curriculum – Vendor management experience – Statistical data analysis and presentation experience – Proficiency with the Adobe CreativeSuite; particularly InDesign.

The Yellowstone program assistant is a 40 hour/week, temporary position. The first two weeks of the contract, May 4-8 and May 11-15, will be at 20 and 30 hours/week respectively. The remainder of the contract, May 18-September 11 will be at 40 hour/week, with some evening and weekend work required.


To apply:
Complete the online application process at YEL program assistant application. Questions can be directed to Lisa Macki at 406-721-8784 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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