Round River Conservation Studies (RRCS) is seeking enthusiastic Student Program Leaders for our upcoming undergraduate conservation program in Chile.
RRCS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to developing conservation strategies to preserve and restore wild places through conservation science and environmental education. RRCS offers field-based academic programs that are integrated directly into current conservation efforts with local communities. Programs are limited to small groups of students to provide a first-hand experience of the scientific, social and political aspects of community conservation. Positions involve living and working on-site at remote field locations for three months.
Round River program leaders/instructors are responsible for the following:
- Schedule and lead program activities, including academics and biological field research
- Manage all logistics and safety, including driving and maintaining program vehicles
- Collaborate with local partners and senior RRCS staff to conduct research
- Teach undergraduate courses including: applied conservation biology, biological field methods, natural history, restoration ecology and human ecology
- Facilitate group discussions
- Encourage students’ understanding of complex conservation issues in the context of the local region.
Student group size is usually 8 to 10 students (ranging in ages from 19-23). We will staff two program leaders/instructors.
This position can present unique learning experiences, as well as challenges. Because this is a live-in position, leaders must be available and approachable to students at all times, and there is little down time.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the student programs, successful applicants must have well-rounded experience in education, field research, and community conservation and/or outreach.
The following qualifications are required:
* MSc in a natural science or a related field (please do not apply if you do not possess a graduate degree)
* At least two years of field experience (international experience preferred)
* Teaching experience at an undergraduate level
* Experience leading field-based student programs or volunteer research crews
* Demonstrated ability to design field research studies and/or community projects
* Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification
* Prefer previous experience traveling or living in program location
* Spanish proficiency (fluency preferred)
* Proficiency driving a 4WD vehicle with manual transmission (required)
* Ability to think on your feet, plan ahead, and problem solve in the field with limited resources and support from senior staff
* Great interpersonal skills, high-energy levels, and lots of patience
Salary/Benefits: Starting at USD $2,500 per month, plus room/board, travel costs, and evacuation insurance.
September 19 – December 12, 2014 (plus approximately 2 weeks for pre-program preparations and 10 days after the program for wrap-up; total time requirement to be determined).
Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one PDF document to both:
Doug Milek, Director of Student Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Susie Dain-Owens, Associate Director of Student Programs (email@example.com)
More information about our programs can be found on our website: www.roundriver.org