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Field Educator - Seasonal
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Position availability: This position will start on Monday, April 19, 2021 and tentatively end at the end of September 2021.
For specific questions on this position please contact Amanda Hagerty by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Field Educator
Location: Gardiner, Montana
Reports To: Education Specialist
Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever.
Seasonal Field Educators are part of a dedicated educational staff committed to connecting learners from across the world to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through delivery of exceptional educational experiences. They are knowledgeable about Yellowstone’s natural, geologic, and cultural history and are experienced outdoor leaders who create a comfortable learning environment while keeping their learners safe on programs. Field Educators are responsible for positively representing Yellowstone Forever (YF), through program delivery, program support, and coordination.
- Prepare and deliver engaging and organized programs to a diverse range of learners with the goal of connecting them to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and building a constituency for preservation.
- Demonstrate effective communication and teaching skills; adapt teaching methods to learners and situations and empower learners to form their own opinions about complex issues.
- Articulate the Yellowstone Forever mission and represent it accurately and positively; encourage participation in the organization through education and philanthropy.
- Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, to include (but not limited to) the natural, cultural, and geologic history, wildlife, and management issues.
- Understand and follow YF policies and procedures and National Park Service regulations by emphasizing the protection of park resources, Leave No Trace practices, and adherence to YF’s Code of Ethics.
- Operate YF vehicles, including 14-passenger minibuses and other vehicles, safely and defensively and follow appropriate vehicle safety checklists, to also include passing and maintaining successful YF driver training.
- Perform field-based risk management duties during programs by anticipating and managing potential hazards or group issues that might arise due to wildlife, terrain, weather, or student attitude/ability.
- Prepare students for the field through pre-course and daily orientations.
- Foster a collaborative, team-oriented environment with all YF employees, contract instructors, volunteers, board members, and partners.
- Assist in coordinating educational programs, to include answering phone calls and emails, booking programs, and developing program outlines and itineraries.
- Assist with teaching material and equipment management.
- Travel into Yellowstone, throughout the Greater Yellowstone area and other, as required.
- Other tasks as assigned by the Education Specialist, or other designated leadership.
- Strong commitment to education and the mission of Yellowstone Forever.
- Professional experience in teaching, environmental education, or interpretation.
- Demonstrated outdoor leadership skills.
- Exceptional customer service skills.
- Team player with excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Knowledge of biology, ecology, geology, and natural and cultural history.
- Proficiency in working with Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel, SharePoint, Outlook).
- Experience developing programs and registering participants into programs.
- Experience in assisting people with trip planning.
- Current CPR and Wilderness First Aid certifications, or willingness to attain and maintain these certifications.
- This position involves driving YF vehicles, therefore, applicants must be 21 years of age or older, maintain a valid US driver’s license, and maintain a favorable driving record for insurance purposes. The ability to pass and maintain a Department of Transportation medical exam and YF driver training.
- A satisfactory criminal background check is a condition of employment.
- Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, hike up to 12 miles on uneven terrain, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and work outdoors in all climate conditions common to the region while carrying a pack weighing up to 40 pounds.
- Ability to represent YF in a courteous and professional manner.
- A collaborative attitude with demonstrated ability to work effectively, and professionally as a part of a team.
- Working knowledge of ecology, geology, and natural and cultural history of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
- Certification in NAI training programs including Certified Interpretive Guide, Certified Interpretive Host, Leave No Trace or willingness to obtain these certifications as needed.
- Experience working in a non-profit environment.
- Experience working with both youth and adult learners.
- Wilderness medical training, Wilderness First Responder certification.
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