[pccgrads] FW: Faculty Instructor job call for Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies Summer 2017

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Thu Mar 16 13:38:31 PDT 2017

Environmental Education Employment Opportunity

Faculty Instructor

Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies, Summer 2017

A 16-credit college quarter hosted by Wrangell Mountains Center

and accredited through The Evergreen State College

Imagine guiding students through a rocky and glacier-laden landscape,
mentoring them on timely scientific studies, and sharing your passion for
wild land. The Evergreen State College seeks an intellectually engaged and
enthusiastic educator with expertise in backcountry travel and earth
science, alpine or boreal ecology, or environmental change. The educator
will co-lead a summerlong, interdisciplinary, for-credit natural history
field course for upper level undergraduate students in a trail-less, dynamic
backcountry setting. Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies is hosted
through Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC), a non-profit organization committed
to connecting people with wildlands through art, science, and education in
the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. The field study operates out of the
off-grid WMC campus in the rustic community of McCarthy.

Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies consists of seven weeks beginning
June 22, 2017. During the seven weeks, up to 16 enrolled students spend a
total of four weeks backpacking through the trail-less mountain wilderness,
learning about the ecological, geological, artistic, and human history of
the landscape. During the latter part of the course students carry out
independent research or artistic investigation, entirely while in the
backcountry. At the conclusion of the course, students present their
research findings to peers, local management agency representatives, and
members of the local McCarthy community. With glaciers flowing from
16,000-foot peaks, canyons deeper than Yosemite, and spruce-forested
valleys, this study area is in the middle of the world’s largest
international complex of protected wilderness lands. Glaciation, volcanism,
erosion and ecological succession are exposed and active, making it an ideal
natural laboratory in which to study Alaska’s landscape of extremes. This is
also an opportunity to explore how national park gateway citizens and
environmental professionals grapple with sustaining the Alaskan bush
lifestyle in the face of increasing tourism.

The Faculty Instructor should be proficient at teaching through lectures,
informal discussion,

and mentorship of student research groups on topics such as: a) the tectonic
history of Alaska and glacier change, b) successional changes in the
fluctuating glacier-edge environment and ecological characteristics in the
alpine habitat of Dall sheep, brown bear, and other mammals c) adaptations
of plants and animals to the stresses of sub-arctic existence, and/or d) the
effects of climate change on the landscape.

Primary responsibilities:

• Maintain contact with the lead faculty member, Dr. Aliette Frank, for

five half-days prior to the field study (beginning April) in order to
suggest readings

for the course reader, and help plan the course schedule

• Work with other faculty to integrate an interdisciplinary curriculum
during the backpacking


• Arrive in McCarthy three days in advance of the quarter to help prepare
for the course

• Work with the lead faculty member to lead backcountry travel, coordinate
daily camp

life, and make decisions regarding participant safety during the backpacking

• Work with other faculty to oversee and help students carry out research

• Promote the WMC culture of collaborative living and sustainable practices

Minimum Qualifications:

• M.S. in relevant discipline

• Experience teaching interdisciplinary field courses

• Ability to lead backcountry travel groups

• Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification

Desired Qualifications:

• Experience traveling in Alaskan wilderness

• Experience guiding backcountry travel groups

• Familiarity or past experience with WMC

For more information on Alaska Wrangell Mountains Field Studies please visit

org/fieldstudies, or direct questions to Dr. Aliette Frank
(aliette at wrangells.org).

Compensation is approximately $6,000 as well as food, and while in McCarthy,
rustic accommodations.

Interested candidates should send a Letter of Interest, professional CV
including backcountry

leadership skills, evidence of professional or community contribution in the
field of study, and

contact information for three references to Dr. Aliette Frank, Member of the
Faculty, The Evergreen State College (aliette at wrangells.org). Review of
applications will begin March 12th.

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