Teen Team Facilitator
- Location: US and International locations, depending on expedition placement
- Position Type: Contractor
- Stipend: $75 stipend for pre-fielding training, $100 stipend per day for teen team facilitation.
- Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
For more than 50 years, Earthwatch has connected people from around the planet with world-class scientists to help change environmental policies, achieve critical conservation goals, and produce groundbreaking findings. We support real, objective scientific fieldwork while connecting people to the environment in a personal and often profound way. Our participants contribute directly to urgent global environmental issues and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.
We are seeking dynamic and flexible individuals to facilitate our 2024 teen teams. Facilitators support the Research Team by managing our teen participants' additional care and supervision. Facilitators ensure the teens’ safety and welfare, establishing and upholding rules/codes of conduct, contributing actively to problem-solving and troubleshooting, and implementing various recreational or educational activities; facilitators also participate on the expedition as volunteers alongside teen participants.
Teen Teams trips are in the United States and international locations from late June to early August. Teen teams offer 15–18-year-olds the opportunity to conduct field research by working alongside experienced scientists at the cutting edge of conservation research, gaining first-hand knowledge of and trying to find real and achievable solutions to some of today’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Facilitators typically support one or two 7–10-day teams during the summer. When placing facilitators on teams, we consider many factors, including project needs, research requirements, and distance to the project site. Earthwatch maintains a 6:1 teen-to-adult ratio. There may be 1–2 teen facilitators per team, depending on the team's size and the research staff's makeup.
Please note: Each facilitation placement depends on sufficient volunteer recruitment; sometimes, teams are canceled due to low recruitment.
Facilitator Roles and Responsibilities
IN COOPERATION WITH THE RESEARCH TEAM:
- Supervise all teens on the project, ensuring participants’ safety and welfare.
- Establish and uphold rules and codes of conduct set forth by Earthwatch and developed with the group through an expectations group session.
- Implement activities after pre-fielding planning and coordination with the Earthwatch Scientist and Program Manager. These may include:
- Icebreakers and team-building exercises
- Careers in the sciences discussions
- Recreational and/or cultural activities
- Problem-solving and troubleshooting during the team, including dealing with team dynamics and inclusion, homesickness, and field emergencies.
- Maintain regular contact with the Earthwatch office and contact for all but minor problems.
IN ADDITION, FACILITATORS WILL BE EXPECTED TO:
- Complete required wilderness first aid/CPR or lifeguard training up-front. You can be reimbursed for these expenses prior to fielding with proper documentation.
- Participate in two live virtual pre-expedition training sessions over Zoom.
- Complete required online training related to field safety and working with minors in the field.
- Submit health and travel information 30 days before the team's start date.
- Track expenses for reimbursement after the end of the expedition.
- Introduce themselves to the teen participants and their parents/guardians.
- Complete the Facilitator Evaluation within 30 days of completing the expedition.
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Be willing to uphold the Earthwatch COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for themselves, teen participants and their parents/guardians, and research project staff.
- Have experience and interest in working with youth, such as teaching experience either in classroom or field settings and/or experience leading groups of youth, including managing group dynamics, team building, mediation, and problem-solving.
- Be willing to be an Earthwatch ambassador in the field with the Research Team.
- Have international travel experience and/or cross-cultural experience.
- Consent to undergo a criminal background check (Please note that any criminal record will disqualify the applicant)
- Meet eligibility requirements as described in your assigned project’s online expedition briefing.
- Have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
- Current First Aid/CPR certification, Lifeguard certification, and/or Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification (or must be willing to obtain certification at the expense of Earthwatch if not already certified)
- Previous participation on an Earthwatch expedition and/or experience in the field with scientific research data collection
- Current lifeguard certification (on projects where swimming is a possibility)
- Proficiency in a language other than English (for expeditions in non-English speaking countries)
- Availability and willingness to facilitate multiple expeditions.
- Experience driving large vehicles (12-passenger vans, minivans, etc.)
- $100/day facilitation stipend. $75 training stipend.
- Earthwatch pays for travel to and from the expedition.
- Earthwatch pays for all accommodations and food during the expedition.
No phone calls, please. Due to limited resources, we can only accept applicants already eligible to work in the United States.
We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and change-making. Opportunities are provided to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national or regional origin, age, disability status, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law.