The School for Field Studies Vacancy: Program Intern - Yungaburra, Australia

Program Intern Summary: Interns provide support in the areas of Research, Student Programming, and Operations. This includes program deli... thumbnail 1 summary
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Program Intern Summary:
Interns provide support in the areas of Research, Student Programming, and Operations. This includes program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance.

Location:
The SFS Centre for Rainforest Studies, Yungaburra, QLD, Australia

Reports to:
Centre Director
Day to day supervision may be delegated to Student Affairs Manager, Faculty or Site Manager.

Internship Dates:
August 22, 2016 through August 15, 2017

Duties & Responsibilities:

Basic Program Support
  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program
  • Participate in the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
  • Assist in organizing the library, teaching aids, research materials and projects, community service projects, recreational activities, and other program activities as requested
  • Assist students with academic and research materials and projects
  • Organize and prepare support materials for faculty lectures and field trips including slides, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, field samples and equipment
  • Assist with administrative or logistical tasks such as data logging, purchasing, keeping inventories, record keeping, and routine maintenance of site and equipment as requested
  • Help organize students to perform their required tasks in support of the residential aspects of program, e.g., food preparation, recycling efforts, centre clean-ups, student committees, etc.
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Monitor student morale and assist in solving daily problems at the Centre
  • Participate in preparation of the Final Reports and other required reports and/or manual revisions
  • Assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks
  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Centre-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, Centre upkeep projects, social and field activities
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles as needed
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Centre and local community
Safety & Risk Management
  • Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Centre policies, procedures, and rules
  • Participate in the review and revision of Centre Risk Assessment and Management plans
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the Centre, including evacuation plan
  • Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete Incident Reports when appropriate and contribute to Safety Audits
  • Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
  • Report infractions of Centre rules to the Centre Director
  • Maintain the First Aid equipment and help create and document safety procedures
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ability to obtain Australian work authorization required
  • B.A./B.S. in field related to research/curriculum focus of Centre
  • Experience organizing and facilitating groups
  • Clean driving record and ability to operate standard transmission vehicles
  • Class D International Drivers Permit prior to the start of the internship
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Successful completion of an SFS or similar international residential program
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Access and statistical software skills
  • In country or regional experience
  • Advanced medical certifications (WFR, etc.)
Compensation/Benefits
  • Stipend
  • Onsite room and board
  • Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage
  • Invitation to attend SFS courses and lectures
To apply: Please submit your resume online.  For full consideration please apply by April 30, 2016.  References will be required upon request.

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