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Wildlands Studies offers students real-world science experience through a variety of academically rigorous, accredited field courses that add life, dimension, and meaning to what they’ve learned in brick and mortar classrooms.

Wildlands Studies accepts new program proposals from May through August each year. We advertise for new proposals in the Chronicle of Higher Education and specific environmental education websites. Upon inquiry we will email our formal Program Proposal Guidelines. Proposals are reviewed when received, with final decisions for the following year determined by September 1. Our program calendar is planned twelve to eighteen months in advance and instructors must be able to commit to a program up to eighteen months out with the aim to have the program offered repeatedly.

FIELD INSTRUCTOR POSITION INFORMATION

Accepting course proposals and instructor applications for the 2019–2020 academic year (summer 2019, fall 2019, winter 2020, spring 2020)

POSITION TITLE

Field 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 U.S., region/area related to instructor’s expertise.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZATION

Wildlands Studies field programs 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 eight to sixteen participants working with their course instructor, and earn five to fifteen upper division quarter credits. Please review our website before submitting a proposal.

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POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

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

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Wildlands Studies offers sixteen to twenty field courses per year studying wildlife and wildland environmental topics emphasizing hands-on learning and onsite explorations of pressing environmental issues. Courses run from two to seven weeks year-round throughout North America, Asia, Central and South America, South Africa and 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 program curriculum and syllabus, coordinating logistics, and providing a safe and engaging program when on-site.

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TRAITS THAT MAKE A SUCCESSFUL INSTRUCTOR 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;
  • A 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 program details and run the program 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, academic term specific. Each program follows the university quarter system term. Instructors must be able to commit to programs that may be offered up to eighteen 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. Wildlands Studies is particularly interested in proposals for courses in destinations popular and affordable to undergraduates. We prefer locations/programs with a section on wildlife. We specifically encourage proposals for Australia, eastern Africa and the Pacific Rim.

Email all application materials to: wildlands@wildlandsstudies.com