The Rocky Mountain Field Institute Needs Students for their 2009 Earth Corps program


Earth Corps - Environmental Service in the Extreme

“[Students] wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold.

Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger.

Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

Ernest Shackleton

The London Times, 1911

In the summer of 2009, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute will select undergraduate students to participate in its Earth Corps program. Earth Corps was created to address critical environmental threats in remote wilderness environs. The 2009 program will provide key support for the completion of high-altitude restoration projects near the summits of two of Colorado’s most famous and challenging 14,000-ft. peaks—Crestone Needle and Mount Humboldt. These peaks are located in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Southern Rockies. The program includes an in-depth look at alpine ecology, alpine restoration methods, wilderness conservation and preservation, and land management policy.

The program is 30 days in length. Participants will be required to live at a remote wilderness setting for the duration of the program, complete long hours of demanding physical labor, work effectively as a team, and exercise the highest level of commitment and perseverance. Excellent physical condition is a must. Earth Corps is environmental service in the extreme! Upon successful completion of the program, each student will receive 4 hours of credit from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (GES 446: Field Studies in Geography).

The program accepts a maximum of 10 students, and will be conducted under the watchful supervision of a highly skilled and qualified staff. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute has been completing environmental service programs since 1990. Our safety record for environmental service in remote and challenging terrain is outstanding. Time will be set aside for climbing and hiking nearby peaks.

2009 Program Dates: July 13-August 11

To Apply: Check our website or contact our office for more detailed information and an application form. A complete application includes:

  • Completed application form

  • Cover letter

  • Current resume

Deadline for submittal: April 3. Outstanding applicants will be awarded placement in advance of the deadline. Early applications are, therefore, strongly encouraged. Final decisions will be announced by April 15.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

3310 West Colorado Avenue

Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904

Phone- 719.471.7736 Fax- 719.622.6707 E mail- Web-