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
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER
EDUCATION MANAGER
GLOBAL FIELD PROGRAMS SUPERVISOR

Seasonal Positions:

Year-round Positions

Human Resources Manager

Definition:
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

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Education Manager

Definition:
EPI’s Education Manager is responsible for ensuring educational best practices in all EPI programs, sites, and platforms in both Spanish and English. The Education Manager implements EPI’s educational philosophy through oversight of program content, curriculum, delivery, and evaluation. This position is focused on the development and deployment of policies and protocols to standardize and evaluate educational effectiveness, as well as the supervision of EPI’s Alumni and Outreach efforts globally. This includes guiding the creation of new programming and the modification of EPI’s core educational practices to incorporate these budding program areas.

The Manager will have experience planning and executing field education programs for high school, middle school, and university audiences. He/she will use his/her knowledge of inquiry and investigation-based teaching, interpretative programs and techniques, and formal education requirements and trends to provide engaging, informative and memorable experiences focused on environmental literacy. The Manger will be a talented collaborator able to identify and maximize external and internal programmatic resources. He/she will adapt successful programs and ideas across EPI’s varied platforms to inspire the next generation of conservation.

Accountability: The Education Manager collaborates with in-country Program Managers and Coordinators to provide framework and support for their educational programming. The Education Manager will oversee the Curriculum Specialist. The Education Manager reports to the Program Operations Director.

Location: The position is based at EPI’s main office in Missoula, Montana USA, or possibly at one of our larger hubs in Heredia, Costa Rica or La Paz, Mexico. Some travel to EPI’s program sites throughout the year is required.

Essential Functions

Curriculum and Evaluation

  • Oversee organizational Curriculum and Evaluation resources at EPI including the Educational Framework, Teaching and Learning Guide, the Wheel of Environmental Literacy (WEL), EPI Educational Pathway and evaluation tools.
  • Lead the creation and constant revision of EPI’s common-core curriculum as a foundation for field staff to develop their site-specific versions. Develop a common-core structure and expected goals for both, inquiry-competencies and ecological knowledge that are aligned with the WEL.
  • Work with Program Coordinators to implement new curriculum versions, revise site-specific curriculum pieces, and to implement and monitor the student evaluation process as needed and ensure compliance with organizational expectations.
  • Collaborate with Program staff on instructor hiring, training, and retention to ensure best-in-class educational program delivery.
  • Develop teacher trainings.
  • Support collaboration and partnerships with government agencies responsible for educational delivery at EPI sites to help institutionalize EPI’s program broadly.
  • Represent EPI to external audiences, including conferences, working groups or other interest groups, to share processes and results and to keep abreast of innovations in the field that EPI can benefit from.
  • Develop and implement non-core curriculum components and their classes or activities. These could include areas such as leadership and communication, team building, energizers and games, etc.
  • Develop non-core field program curriculum
    • Alumni and Outreach
    • Educator Fellowships
    • College/University level courses

Alumni and Outreach

  • Collaborate with leadership and program staff to define global and site-specific goals for Alumni and Outreach (A&O) programming.
  • Unite global A&O efforts across EPI field sites by providing and prioritizing common program goals, encouraging innovation, and sharing best practices.
  • Serve as the A&O point person and working group leader.
  • Continue to develop EPI’s Educational Pathway and lead efforts to adapt and apply EPI core curriculum principals to A&O offerings.
  • Develop and guide A&O participant evaluation systems.
  • Oversee A&O end-of-season reporting.
  • Collaborate with program staff and other organizations to develop new A&O events and activities.
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage EPI’s visiting course alumni base.
  • Collaborate with the Global Field Programs Manager in the modification and application of current risk management protocols and core-field program policies to A&O events and courses.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 7 years of professional experience, preferably in field inquiry-based programs or experiential education.
  • 5 or more years of experience in planning and delivering engaging educational programs, preferably at the management level in a non-profit learning organization and/or information learning environment. A variety of experiences is a plus.
  • 2 or more years of experience in outdoor leadership, group dynamics, field operations, risk management, and communication in remote environments.
  • Knowledge and experience with inquiry and investigation-based teaching, formal and in-formal education requirements and trends.
  • Strong verbal and written communicational skills; experienced in public speaking and presenting.
  • Self-starter with strong analytical and collaborative problem solving skills, and the ability to make informed decisions using good business sense. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Strong computer and Internet skills with a moderate to high level of experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and operational use of SPSS or other statistical analysis tools.
  • Willing to work indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions.
  • Able to work outside of traditional business hours, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is essential.
  • International work and living experience preferred.

To apply visit: Education Manager

Global Field Programs Supervisor

Definition:
The Global Field Programs Supervisor is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of EPI’s risk management system, the coordination of core field program planning and logistics, and supporting field staff to maximize the use of program resources and achieve program goals. Primary responsibilities include: coordinating online program planning tools such as Sales Force, season calendars, and participant documentation; encouraging collaboration and information sharing among Program Coordinators; ensuring efficient use of resources; overseeing the monitoring and reporting of core program outputs and goals; supervision and actualization of the medical review and emergency response systems; overseeing the process for hiring, training, and retention of outstanding instructor staff across all sites.

Accountability: The Global Field Programs Supervisor is responsible to the Program Operations Director (POD).

Location: The position is based at EPI’s main office in Missoula, Montana USA, or possibly at one of our larger hubs in Heredia, Costa Rica or La Paz, Mexico. Some travel to EPI’s program sites throughout the year is required.

Responsibilities:

Risk Management Systems:

  • Manage Medical Conditions Review, Emergency Response System, and Incident Reporting Systems
  • Ensure Institutional Compliance and Learning across all EPI Sites
  • Industry Best Practices
    • Ensure EPI Risk Management follows industry best practices
    • Attend WRMC to remain current on best practices and maintain key relationships
  • Collaborate with the Education Manager to develop and deliver instructor training risk management classes and scenarios

Core Field Program Planning and Logistics:

  • Coordination of core program planning and execution tools
    • Supervise Program Coordinator use of core program planning tools and processes, train program coordinators in the use of:
    • Manage core program related communication and information exchange between field and admissions
    • Manage program coordinator working groups to create efficiencies, institutional learning and sharing of best practices
    • Co-develop and manage program coordinator level staff retreats
    • Coordinate program coordinator level professional development efforts
  • Design and management of new, US-based, core field program products, e.g. Marine Educator Fellowship courses and university based programming.

Field Staff Support:

  • Strengthen Field Program Coordinator capacity to deliver best-in-class programs and instructor training
  • Develop protocols for hiring, training, and evaluation of Program Supervisors, Coordinators, Assistants, and instructors
  • Identify and organize supervisor and coordinator participation in professional training opportunities:
  • EPI Instructor Staffing:
  • Identify and organize instructor participation in professional training opportunities:

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 5 years of professional experience, preferably in field inquiry-based programs or experiential education.
  • 2-3 years of experience in planning and delivering engaging educational programs, preferably at the management level in a non-profit learning organization and/or information learning environment. A variety of experiences is a plus.
  • 2 or more years of experience in outdoor leadership, group dynamics, field operations, risk management, and communication in remote environments.
  • Knowledge and experience with risk management systems used in outdoor education programs.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; experienced in public speaking and presenting a plus.
  • Self-starter with strong analytical and collaborative problem solving skills, and the ability to make informed decisions using good business sense. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.
  • Strong computer and Internet skills with a moderate to high level of experience in Microsoft Office.
  • Willing to work indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions.
  • Able to work outside of traditional business hours, including evenings, weekends and occasional holidays.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Fluency in English is essential, Spanish fluency is very desirable.
  • International work and living experience preferred.

To apply visit: Global Field Programs Supervisor

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