Hawaii Island Ecology Program
Field Instructor Job Description
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. Priority application period will close Sunday, December 4, 2022.
About Ecology Project International: EPI is an international non-profit dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and middle/high school students. We engage adolescents 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. EPI’s programs in the U.S. and Latin America inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to engage in conservation efforts at home and around the world. More information can be found at www.ecologyproject.org.
Current Openings: EPI Hawaii is currently looking to fill three instructor roles during the 2023 field season.
Schedule and Location: The Hawaii Island Ecology program will run from mid-February 2023 through the beginning of August 2023. Instructors will work approximately 8 field courses during the program season. Each course includes: 1-2 days of pre-course preparation, 7-9 field days, and 1 – 1.5 days of post course clean-up / closing. Instructors will typically have 1-2 days off between courses. Total expected work days during the season is 80 – 90 days.
Instructors are also required to participate in unpaid pre-employment training sessions in Late January / Early February. Training expenses and meals are covered, but no wages will be paid to instructors.
Description: Field instructors in the EPI’s Hawaii Program lead seven to nine-day field ecology courses for teenage students and teachers on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.
The program emphasis is watershed ecology, sustainable living, and conservation within a cultural context. Groups will participate in land and water-based conservation efforts in support of state and federal endangered species recovery efforts. Students will collect data on invasive plant species and conduct marine-life snorkel transects to collect data for on-going reef monitoring projects that support community-based conservation initiatives. Students will also be immersed in local Hawaiian culture and participate in ecological restoration activities to learn unique perspectives and tools for addressing sustainability challenges.
An ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and aptitude in environmental education, field research, outdoor leadership, and/or the ecology, geography, and cultures of the Hawaiian Islands. Instructors work as a team of three with support from program staff to plan, lead, and teach EPI’s curriculum. Instructors coordinate logistics and opportunities with partners, vendors, group chaperones, and participants to craft an inspirational and educational experience. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining a safe physical and emotional learning environment.
Because of the diversity of Hawaii program participants, EPI staff, and our partners and vendors, field instructors should have the skills to address implicit bias and be culturally responsive in interactions with participants, co-workers, and partners. Instructors are also encouraged to identify ways in which we can enhance inclusivity in planning and implementing our program.
This position also works to identify new and creative ways 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!
COVID-19 Statement: EPI has prepared COVID-19 policies and practices that follow health department and CDC guidelines to reduce the risks of exposure and transmission of the virus during course activities. We can’t eliminate this risk and it is possible that instructors will be exposed to the virus from participants, partners, vendors, or the general public while performing course duties. Instructors are asked to role model, lead, and enforce our field COVID-19 policies during a course and make appropriate decisions before, during, and after a course to reduce their exposure to the virus. Failure to comply with expectations or pre-course exposure to COVID-19 may result in lost employment opportunities. Health insurance is not provided by EPI as part of the compensation for this position.
Questions can be directed to: US Regional Program Manager, Alexei Desmarais, at [email protected]