LCI Field Education Intern

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Special Information

  • This is a full-time temporary position during LCI's summer educational programs (June 3- August 10, 2014).

2014 LCI Environmental Education Program Descriptions 

The Landscape Conservation Initiative at Northern Arizona University is host to a number of educational programs that focus on conservation biology and environmental science on the Colorado Plateau. LCI education programs are place-based and use an experiential education model where students learn about conservation issues by talking with land managers and working in the field. This summer the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Immersion Program (June) and the Summer Conservation Experience for Dorrance Scholars (July) will take place in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon region.  Students in both programs will attend workshops on ecology and conservation biology workshops on the NAU campus and in the field.  Students will also spend times camping on the Colorado or San Juan Rivers, study wildlife at the Grand Canyon Trust’s Kane and Two Mile Ranch near Vermillion Cliffs, visit the Hopi and Navajo nations, and participate in research internships throughout Northern Arizona. More information about both the Summer Conservation Experience and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars programs can be found on the above-linked websites.

Position Description

The Landscape Conservation Initiative seeks to hire two Field Education Interns with knowledge of southwestern environmental issues. The primary role of Field Education Interns will be to serve as mentors to the students and liaisons between students and staff during the 2014 Summer Conservation Experience and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars programs. The Field Education Interns will alternatingly engage and participate in course events and activities, and at other times provide more “behind the scenes” support throughout the 2014 programs. Interns will provide overnight student support in the dormitory while the other staff is away. They will talk with nervous students about what to expect from the camping and river trips. They will answer questions from students and provide guidance on assignments and projects based on their own experience as successful students. Interns will help with other miscellaneous tasks such as field excursion preparations, van driving, grocery shopping, gear organization, and budget tracking. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the natural history, ecology, and conservation issues of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Interest in working with a dynamic, collaborative instructional team in a fast-paced experiential 
learning environment.
  • Ability to receive directions, clarify what is needed, and work independently with minimal 
supervision on tasks assigned by the program director.
  • Academic background in environmental science, environmental history, environmental studies, 
Arizona history, or indigenous cultures that includes at least some 400-level coursework.
  • Willingness to obtain Wilderness First Aid (16 hours) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (4 hours) 
OR Wilderness First Responder (80 hours) certifications prior to course start (tuition paid by SCE).
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to obtain NAU 11-passenger van driver certification (during staff 
orientation) as well as drive vans during the course. 
Preferred Qualifications
  • High school, community college, or university-level teaching or student leadership experience.
  • Ability to facilitate team-building activities, engage students in discussions about the course 
material and related conservation issues, and make people laugh.
  • Experience working with first-generation college students and people from diverse ethnic and socio-economic 
backgrounds.
  • People from minority backgrounds and those who are themselves first generation college goers are encouraged to apply. 


Compensation: $3,000

  • This includes participation in staff training (June 3- June 6). The LCI education programs start June 7 and go through August 10, 2014.