Field Instructors Needed for 2014

Special Information

  • This is a full-time temporary position during the SCE program (July 2014).

SCE Course Description

The Summer Conservation Experience (SCE) takes place in Flagstaff and the wider Colorado Plateau region from July 6 – 27, 2014.

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The students will live on the NAU campus for the first week while they attend intensive workshops on environmental conservation, Arizona history and culture, and indigenous wisdom. Students will identify “thorny conservation problems” that will serve as the foundation for their final projects.  While in Flagstaff, students will gather resources to take in the field that will help them understand the background behind their problem.  During the second week of the SCE, students will travel to the San Juan River for a 4-day professionally guided river trip that will focus on the sustainability of Ancestral Puebloan culture.  After leaving the San Juan, the group will visit the Navajo and/or Hopi Reservations to learn more about the past, present, and future of the cultures indigenous to Northern Arizona. The field section will end with a night in La Posada Hotel.  Students then return to Flagstaff where they will further their knowledge about their conservation problem using the NAU library, local resources, and Flagstaff community members.  During the last week of the course, students will share their projects during poster presentations.

The Dorrance Scholarship Program

The Summer Conservation Experience is designed exclusively for 27 Dorrance Scholars from the three state universities in Arizona.

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The Dorrance Scholarship Program, funded by the Arizona Community Foundation, awards full scholarships to first generation college students from the state of Arizona who have demonstrated financial need.  Scholarships are renewed annually based on academic standing, participation in program events and activities, and community service projects.


Position Description

The Dorrance Summer Conservation Experience (SCE) seeks to hire a field instructor with knowledge of southwestern environmental issues and experience managing groups in a wilderness setting. 

  • SCE Field Instructor will serve as a role model to students, teach wilderness skills, and provide logistical/risk management support during a 7- to 10-day field trip to the Colorado Plateau.      
  • SCE staff will work as a team to teach 27 students how to camp on the San Juan River, cook, hike and camp on the Colorado Plateau, and collect environmental data in the field.  At times the SCE Field Instructor may be expected to independently supervise 8 college sophomores in the field.
  • Field Instructor will facilitate small group conversations about course readings and teach short lessons on Arizona history, indigenous knowledge, or environmental conservation, as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the natural history of the Colorado Plateau and Sonoran Desert.
  • Experience managing / supervising / leading groups in a wilderness setting.
  • Graduate coursework in environmental science, environmental history, environmental studies, Arizona history, indigenous cultures, or creative problem solving.
  • 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, environmental history, environmental studies, Arizona history, or indigenous cultures.
  • High school, community college, or university-level teaching experience.
  • Experience working with first-generation college students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
Salary and Benefits
  • Instructors will work the entire course as well as staff training and course prep time (July 1 – July 29, 2014) for $3,000 to $4,500 commensurate with experience.
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification / Recertification reimbursement.

Application Procedure

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

Dr. Angie Moline

Director, Summer Conservation Experience Program

Landscape Conservation Initiative

Northern Arizona University

P.O. Box 5694

Flagstaff, Arizona 86011


Review of applications will begin February 1st. Position is open until filled.