Yellowstone Safari Company strives to promote wildlife and habitat conservation through instructional education while offering sustainable wildlife-related services. We expect each of our team members to demonstrate a passion for public lands, conservation, wildlife and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as well as a desire for continued education and lifelong learning.
Yellowstone Safari Company will accept a resume with cover letter on a rolling basis. Potential candidates will be contacted directly.
Professional Naturalist Guides
- Interest in people, desire to share with others and sensitivity to client/guest needs;
- Advanced degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental education, or equivalent degree or experience;
- Excellent driving record, training in Standard First Aid and Community CPR;
- Experience interpreting the natural world and leading groups in the outdoors.
- Positive interpersonal and social communication
- Leadership, teaching, and an ability to convey enthusiasm and educational concepts through examples and stories.
- Spotting, observing, and facilitating observation of wildlife by client/guests.
- Ability to independently manage work time and support company goals and objectives.
- Camping and backpacking skills and knowledge may be applicable.
- “Reading” tracks, “sign,” and interpreting natural artifacts.
Bird, mammal, and common wildflower identification; animal behavior interpretation; dominant plant/animal communities of the Northern Rockies and plains; Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Lewis and Clark and fur trade, cultural history; national and regional environmental issues; general ecology of regional ecosystems and organisms. Intimate knowledge of touring Yellowstone is essential.
Typical Job Responsibilities
- Independently prepare for, determine an itinerary for, and guide natural history tours in and around Yellowstone National Park:
- Prepare personal and group gear and foods; prepare vehicle, optics, first aid, and other gear
- Determine group options in relation to guest pickup site; review client/guest file, meet guests on time, perform introductions, evaluate and present plans and options, review safety considerations,
- Perform administrative duties (“risk” forms and field notes)
- Facilitate a fun outdoor experience with a focus on wildlife and other regional resources.
Guided outdoor experiences may vary, but the most common focus is Yellowstone and its’ resident wildlife, ecology, issues, geologic and cultural history. Responsibilities may involve sleeping away from home. Activities include: hiking, wildlife observation, camping and backpacking. Most common activities are short hikes and auto touring. Backpacking and river floating may be requested if the guide has appropriate skills.
Position may be based in Bozeman, Gardiner, or points around Yellowstone National Park. Days can be long at 10 to 14 hours. For this reason, 4 days work per week is a YSC objective, but longer sequences may occur. Pay is awarded per departure and may be adjusted for level of experience. Please inquire.