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Lead Field Instructor, Spring 2025 — Wildlands Studies

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Renowned for its accredited researched-based undergraduate field programs, Wildlands Studies seeks candidates holding an MS or PhD to be the Lead Instructor for a new field program in Spring 2025. Students consistently report that their Wildlands Studies experience added depth and meaning to their on-campus classes and “changed their lives”. Wildlands Studies instructors enhance their own credentials with unique opportunities to teach in the field while engaging students in active research. The Lead Instructor will direct students on an academically rigorous, wilderness-based six-week field study to explore habitats and cultures of specific international locales. We are specifically seeking new international locations that will attract students and cover a wide variety of topics and terrain within our mission. We specifically welcome proposals for Japan, South America (new locations), Mongolia, Tanzania or another location in southern Africa, the Pacific Islands, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Madagascar, or other areas that will easily attract students. Students earn 15 quarter credits for three field classes covering Environmental Studies, Field Research Practices, and Environment and Culture. Lead Instructor is responsible for on-going seminars, lectures, instruction, guided field work and field methods, and assessment of all student work, as well as group dynamics and the overall well-being of participants. Review our Lead Instructor description on our website. Compensation is competitive.

Knowledge and experience of field study location required. Applicants must have Masters degree in hand; PhD Candidates and/or completed PhD preferred. A qualified Lead Instructor will have experience leading field study programs and teaching at the undergraduate level, specifically upper division environmental studies classes; a good sense of humor, flexibility, patience, and understanding; be a physically fit experienced outdoorsperson capable of leading students on day hikes and multi-day overnight backpacking trips; a capable and skilled group facilitator able to spend 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with up to 16 students aged 18-23 for the duration of the program managing associated interpersonal dynamics; an accomplished logistical planner capable of managing the overarching and day-to-day logistics, program finances and communications; certified in First Aid and CPR (preferably WFR) and able to competently and confidently manage medical emergencies and other medical situations should they arise. Reference checks, fingerprinting and background checks are required before any offer is finalized.

Program Dates
We are currently accepting proposals for a Spring 2025 program to take place April 10—May 23, 2025. Locations that include a wildlife study or marine focus always preferred. Review for details.

Application Process
Review website and current course offerings to ensure understanding of program requirements. Complete an online application and upload a CV, cover letter detailing experience with course topics/field study experience and brief initial course proposal. We are working very quickly to identify suitable candidates and move forward with new programs.