LCI Field Education Intern
- 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
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.
- 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
- Ability to receive directions, clarify what is needed, and work
independently with minimal
on tasks assigned by the program director.
- Academic background in environmental science, environmental history,
history, or indigenous cultures that includes at least some 400-level
- 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
- 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
- People from minority backgrounds and those who are themselves first generation college goers are encouraged to apply.
- This includes participation in staff training (June 3- June 6). The LCI education programs start June 7 and go through August 10, 2014.