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.
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.
Enrollment & Office Assistant
About Ecology Project International: Ecology Project International (EPI) is a non-profit education and conservation organization that offers experiential educational programs to students in a variety of outdoor settings. Students work alongside professional scientists on applied research projects and participate in multi-activity outdoor adventures (camping, whitewater rafting, etc.) in National Parks, forests and nature reserves throughout the western hemisphere.
Description: The Enrollment Assistant is responsible for assisting with the daily operations of enrollment procedures for Ecology Project International. Enrollment Assistant’s time is spent supporting the EPI team with school group and individual participant registrations, database entry, and medical review. The Assistant also provides support to recruiting, development, and program teams as needed with enrollment related tasks.
Accountability: The Enrollment Assistant reports to the Enrollment Coordinator.
- Coordinate paper file management for general EPI institutional documents and information
- Help to communicate program information to parents, participants, chaperones, and teachers
- Assist with mailings and other administrative tasks as requested
- Answer telephone calls in a courteous and professional manner. Direct calls to the appropriate parties or take messages
- Deliver, pick up, and distribute mail and faxes
- Prepare general marketing and program information packets upon request
- Provide administrative support to the Enrollment Coordinator
- Assist with coordinating weekly “Hands to Work”
- Assist Enrollment Coordinator with recruitment and coordination of volunteers for the EPI office
- Assist Finance and HR Coordinator with general clerical tasks for the EPI office
Participant Enrollment Process
- Work with the Enrollment Coordinator to ensure participants receive enrollment information packets, submit paperwork and payments in a timely manner, are prepared for EPI courses and receive excellent customer service
- Data entry of participant information
- Copy and prepare enrollment materials
- Support the medical review process as needed
- The desire to make a difference in the world
- Excellent PC skills and experience with Microsoft Office standard applications
- Extremely Detail oriented with strong organization skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Time management skills
- Ability to multi-task
- College degree
- Database experience
- Experience working in an office setting
Closing date: Applications are requested by April 1st but will remain open until the position is filled.
Schedule: The Enrollment Assistant will work 40 hours a week in our Missoula office.
Compensation: $27,000/year plus an excellent benefits package that includes paid time off, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, and professional development.
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter online:
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
YELLOWSTONE PROGRAM ASSISTANT
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.
- 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.
- Course evaluation and assessment data analysis;
- Local student recruitment;
- Planning and running outreach activities;
- Course instruction or interning.
- 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.
- 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.