2024 Yellowstone Field Instructor


Ecology Project International

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Sarah Wood

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Missoula, MT
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Science! Education! Outdoor Fun! All in Yellowstone!


Field instructors in the Ecology Project International (EPI) Yellowstone Program work in teams of three to teach five- to nine-day field ecology courses for middle and high school students in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Our programs introduce students to real-world scientific study, engage them in conservation service projects, and raise their cultural and ecological awareness.

During Yellowstone winter and summer courses, students work with research partners (e.g., National Park Service) to collect data for wildlife research projects. Participants in our summer program also engage in a hands-on conservation service project with partners like B Bar Ranch or National Parks Conservation Association. Additionally, there is time dedicated to observing wildlife and experiencing Yellowstone’s unique geology, playing in the snow (winter), and whitewater rafting (summer). Field instructors guide student exploration via relevant ecology and scientific process lessons while practicing responsible relationships to place.

Submit application materials here: https://www.ecologyproject.org/employment

Compensation Information


  • $120+ per day starting wage, determined by evaluation of prior experience. Thereafter, daily pay increases according to a tiered pay scale based on field days worked.
  • Additional $5 per day for valid WFA, $10 per day for valid WFR
  • $500 training bonus after successful completion of staff training and first course
  • Optional shared housing in Missoula, MT for $200 per month throughout the program season from 1/1/2024-8/31/2024.
  • Room and board while on-course.
  • Access to discounts with popular outdoor gear retailers.