Our student leaders fill very important roles on our programs. Safety and the quality of a student’s education and experience are our biggest concerns, and the people that join our organization to fulfill these goals are unique individuals. They have a deep respect for the natural world, are well educated in conservation biology, and have years of experience conducting international fieldwork and travel. They are also well versed in the various aspects of conservation and able to communicate those perspectives and experiences with students whether it is through ecology, policy, or poetry.
On each program two or three student leaders stay with the student group for the entire term. On average, our semester programs have 8 students, making the leader to student ratio 1:4. Oftentimes, the group is joined by visiting instructors, researchers, local community members, local partners or other Round River staff, reducing that ratio further and providing ample opportunity for students to engage with a host of people intimate with the place.
Below is an excerpt from the job announcement for our Program Leader position: