Lead Field Studies Instructor

Renowned for its accredited researched-based undergraduate field programs, Wildlands Studies seeks candidates holding an MSc or PhD to be the Lead Instructor for new field programs. 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 USA-based and international locales. We are specifically seeking new USA-based locations that will attract students and have the ability to cover a wide variety of topics and terrain within our mission. 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. 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; and the know-how to work with and manage 12-14 students and the group dynamics that occur on a six-week outdoor field study.

Program Dates

We are currently accepting proposals for our 2021 academic year (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021).  We especially need new USA-based six-week programs starting Summer 2021, and are eager to get those underway. Locations that include a wildlife study always preferred.  Review www.wildlandsstudies.com for details. 

Application Process

Review website and current course offerings to ensure understanding of program requirements. Submit CV, cover letter detailing experience with course topics/field study experience and brief initial course proposal. These initial application materials must be emailed to positions@wildlandsstudies.com. After an initial phone call, if the proposal looks promising, we will ask you to complete our formal online application. We are working very quickly to identify suitable candidates and move forward with new programs.

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