Wildlands Studies Field Instructor

Wildlands Studies accepts new project proposals year round. We advertise for new project proposals from May through August in the Chronicle of Higher Education and specific environmental education websites. Project proposals are reviewed when received, with final decisions for the following year determined by September 1. Our project calendar is planned 12-18 months in advance and instructors must be able to commit to a project up to 18 months out with the aim to have the project offered repeatedly.

Field Instructor Position Information

Accepting course proposals and instructor applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019)

Applications will be reviewed in Summer 2017.

Position Title

Field Research Studies Instructor

Name of Employing Organization

Wildlands Studies LLC. We are an affiliate and educational partner of Western Washington University. We contract all our instructors as Independent Contractors.

State/Country/Province of Primary Work Location

International and USA, region/area related to instructor’s expertise

Brief Overview of Organization

Wildlands Studies field projects provide students with the opportunity to join backcountry study teams as working field associates, studying environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, geologic, climatic and topographic factors that support various habitats, and the relationships between environments and culture. Most participants are undergraduates who join us on site from all over North America and Canada. The field courses accept 8-16 participants working with their course instructor, and earn 5-15 upper division quarter credits. Please review our website before submitting a proposal.

Position Qualifications

PhD or Masters of Science with previous field study experience and extensive expertise in region of proposal.  Applicants must have graduate degree in hand.

Position Responsibilities

Wildlands Studies offers 16-20 field courses per year studying wildlife &/or wildland environmental study topics emphasizing hands-on learning & onsite explorations of pressing environmental issues; courses run 2-7 weeks year-round throughout North America, Asia, Central & South America, South Africa & other locales. This year students study wolf populations, elephant re-entry, mountain wildlife ecology, ecosystem dynamics, conservation biology, forest resource management, and cultural sustainability. Instructors are responsible for developing and teaching the project curriculum and syllabus, coordinating logistics, and providing a safe and engaging project when on-site.  

Traits that make a successful instructor typically include

  • The ability to design and implement an engaging academic curriculum, including all related materials, assessment requirements and field study work using our standard module, curriculum and structure;
  • Flexible, engaging, easy-going, student friendly personality, able to provide on-going support to students twenty four hours a day, seven days a week for several weeks;
  • Excellent logistical skills including the ability to plan all project details and run the project on-site;
  • Administrative skills able to draft all required documents and materials by administrative deadlines, maintain budget, provide regular on-site feedback and updates, and keep accurate financial, administrative and incident records.

Dates of Employment

Year-round, term specific. Each project follows the university quarter system term. Instructors must be able to commit to projects that may be offered up to 18 months out.

Application Procedures and deadlines

Submit CV and cover letter regarding your experience with course topics /fieldstudy experience and brief initial course proposal. Wildlands Studies staff will work with applicants on their formal proposals. The catalog of current orojects courses is available at our website. Wildlands Studies is particularly interested in proposals for courses in destinations popular and affordable to undergraduates. We prefer locations/projects with a section on wildlife. We specifically encourage proposals for Australia, eastern Africa and the Pacific Rim.

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