FC-FLIP 2016: Environmental Science and Education

Environmental Science and Education



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The intern will work with directly with Mountain Studies Institute throughout the San Juans and assist with environmental education programming, volunteer management, ecological monitoring, and field ecology projects.


Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                 

Location: Silverton, Colorado

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.       

Mentor: MSI Staff, Various                                                                          

Responsibilities: The intern will work alongside MSI project managers and volunteers to complete a variety of field-based monitoring and projects. The intern will assist with environmental education programming including children’s ecology camp, citizen science, and living classroom activities. The intern will work in multiple environments – from the alpine to montane forests and should be prepared for a summer of Colorado weather. The intern will also assist with non-field activities, such as, database management, report writing, field equipment upkeep, and volunteer oversight. This is a position with diverse experience and as such, requires the highest level of responsibility, extreme flexibility and excitement to enthusiastically fill important roles on multiple projects. Because this position will engage heavily with many age groups, from young children to older adults, the intern needs to be dynamic, engaging, adaptable, and, most importantly, patient.    

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of natural resource practices
  • Experience with environmental education programming for all ages
  • Formal training in environmental education with related coursework in any of the following: ecology, natural history, biology, chemistry, natural resource management, hydrology, forestry, etc. 
  • Willing and able to work with volunteers and students of all age ranges
  • Able to follow written and oral instructions
  • Experience with safety in backcountry settings and managing groups of various ages in backcountry settings
  • Ability to operate independently
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 50 pounds; Excellent health and physical ability to conduct field work in difficult terrain under various environmental conditions
  •  Lots of enthusiasm and passion for sharing your love of nature with others!! 
  • Experience with four-wheel drive, mountain driving, and operation of a manual transmission a plus; access to reliable transportation is required.  

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of June 6th and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th). On the job training opportunities in GPS operation and data collection, ArcGIS, various field methods, and non-profit database management will be provided.  

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: No housing is provided for this internship but help will be provided in securing housing. 

Apply HERE

For more information visit:  www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip

Or contact anthony@mountainstudies.org; please include FC-FLIP in the subject. 
Applications close 15 March 2016