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Mar 25 / BARD CEP

Field Instructor-Flagstaff, AZ

Organization: Landscape Conservation Initiative, Northern Arizona University

Position Title: Field Instructor

Location: Flagstaff, AZ

Hours and Compensation: $3000 – $5000/ annual

Application Deadline: Not listed.


2014 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Descriptions

The 2014 DDCSP@NAU Summer Immersion will take place in Flagstaff and the broader Colorado Plateau from June 2 – July 3, 2014. During the program, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will spend five weeks studying complex environmental issues in the Grand Canyon region. This immersion program will take place partially on the NAU campus in Flagstaff, Arizona and partially in the field at Grand Canyon National Park, on the Grand Canyon Trust’s Kane and Two Mile Ranches, and on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. This program will provide students with the opportunity to get to know the land and one another as they travel throughout the region. The immersion program will blend classroom study with field trips and service-learning projects in order to provide students with many perspectives on the conservation profession.

The immersion program will make extensive use of case studies that highlight the complexity of conservation issues on the Colorado Plateau, where the combination of vast tracts of public land, intact native communities, high levels of biological diversity, and abundant energy resources collide. Students will have the opportunity to meet land managers, conservation scientists, environmental communicators, and biodiversity advocates during the summer immersion program. The group will discuss management issues, such as balancing natural resource preservation and the visitor experience, with science staff at Grand Canyon National Park. Scholars will experience the beauty and environmental complexity of the Grand Canyon region during a float trip on the Colorado River through Marble Canyon. Students will also participate in a number of service-learning research and volunteer projects hosted and facilitated by the Grand Canyon Trust and its federal, state, and tribal partners.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program, hosted by Northern Arizona University’s Landscape Conservation Initiative, is a multi-year program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that serves to strengthen the conservation profession by training students who can make significant contributions to broadening the field of conservation. The program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in mentored research activities in conservation biology and other disciplines relevant to land, water, and wildlife conservation. DDCSP@NAU provides learning and research opportunities for 20 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars who were chosen from a national pool of undergraduate students through a competitive process. For more information about the program in its entirety, visit

Position Description

The DDCSP@NAU seeks to hire a field instructor with knowledge of southwestern environmental issues and experience managing groups in a wilderness setting.

The DDCSP Field Instructor will serve as a role model to students, teach wilderness skills, and provide logistical/risk management support during multiday field trips to the Colorado Plateau. The DDCSP Field Instructor will work with other DDCSP staff to lead 18-20 students as they camp on the Colorado Plateau, cook, hike, and collect environmental data in the field. At times the Field Instructor may be expected to independently supervise 8 college sophomores in the field. The Field Instructor will facilitate small group conversations about course readings and teach short lessons on indigenous knowledge, or environmental conservation, as appropriate. The Field Instructor will also provide support to students during portions of the program that take place on NAU’s campus.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau
  • Experience managing / supervising / leading groups in a wilderness setting
  • Graduate-level coursework in environmental science, ecology, conservation biology, or a related field
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to drive 11-passenger vans
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in environmental science, ecology, conservation biology, or a related field
  • High school, community college, or university-level teaching experience
  • Experience working with first-generation college students and students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications

Salary and Benefits

  • Instructors will work the entire course, which includes staff training and course prep time (June 2 – July 3, 2014), for between $3,000 and $5,000, depending on experience
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification / Recertification reimbursement

Application Procedure

Please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita or resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references that can address your qualifications for this position by email to or post to:

Dr. Angie Moline
Director of Education, Landscape Conservation Initiative
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 5694
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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