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 delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance.

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.)
  • 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.