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Requests for Proposal

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Small Mammal Study, Fort Wainwright, Alaska Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Fort Wainwright which provides professional and technical support for its natural resources program in order to facilitate successful implementation of the Sikes Act. Approximately $160,000.00 is expected to be available to support this project. Review of Statements of Interest will begin 21 Sep 2015.

Student Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships

Jerry O'Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship Applications are now being accepted for the Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for work in Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS, and Little Bighorn Battlefield NM. The fellowship aims to provide educational assistance for students seeking to understand natural and cultural resources issues and how these interact with human values. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address the following:

  1. natural resource issues such as aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, fire ecology, invasive plants, and climate change
  2. cultural resource issues, such as history and architectural studies, cultural landscape reports, ethnographic research and archeology
  3. social science that informs resource management about a natural or cultural topic and/or that addresses visitor impacts to park resources

Competition is open to graduate students or superior upper division undergraduate students at RM-CESU universities and colleges only.  Awards range from $1000-5000. Applications must be submitted electronically by February 18, 2016. For details on the application process please click here.

The University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is recruiting applicants for Graduate Assistantships (doctoral level) to begin Fall Semester of 2016.  In addition to our traditional departmental research and teaching assistantships, we are looking for a student or students to work in the focus areas: Departmental Research and Teaching Assistantship, Outdoor Recreation Management Assistantship, Eco and Sustainable Tourism Assistantship, and Community Recreation and Sport Management Assistantship.  For more information click here.

Boyd Evison Student Fellowship for research in the Greater Yellowstone 
The Grand Teton Association offers a graduate fellowship of up to $10,000/project for graduate studies focused on documenting the almost intangible and disappearing aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, and other public or private lands. Emphasis areas are lesser-known ecosystem elements such as air and water; geologic or other processes; plants, insects, reptiles, or amphibians, fungi; natural soundscapes; and social science related to public understanding of natural resources and their use or management. Graduate students pursuing either a Master’s or Doctoral degree are invited to submit proposals on the application form by February 5, 2016.  To view the call, click here.

Americorps Program Evaluation Intern, Montana State Parks Division, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Helena, MT (closes 3/1/2016)

Wilderness Ranger Intern, Sierra National Forest, May 31-August 20, 2016. Flexibility with ending dates is possible, to accommodate school schedules. (closes 3/4/2016)

Wilderness Crew Leader, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (closes 2/22/2016) 

Wilderness Conservation Corps Internship, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Hungry Horse, MT (posted 1/19/2016) 

Conduct Research in Rocky Mountain National Park  Each year the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park co-sponsor a research fellowship opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Rocky Mountain Research Fellowship is an endowed program funded by the Leslie Fidel Bailey Charitable Trust. It is designed to encourage highly qualified graduate students to apply their talents to conducting research in the national parks.  Application deadline: February 1.  For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, click here.

University of Idaho Doctoral Program in Healthy Active Lifestyles and Teaching Assistantships including Physical Activity & Recreation Coordinator  University of Idaho has a new Doctoral Program in Healthy Active Lifestyles that includes a Recreation, Parks and Tourism track. Faculty interests including outdoor recreation, leisure and health, leisure and human development, tourism and marketing, and sport ethics. Teaching Assistantships are available to teach and assist in Recreation courses. We are actively looking to fund a doctoral student to coordinate our Physical Activity and Recreation Program Courses starting Fall 2016. This TA position would be a great way to gain experience coordinating, managing and providing instructional guidance for a very popular program on campus. The priority deadline for doctoral applications is Feb. 1. Inquiries may be directed to our Graduate Coordinator and Chair, Dr. Philip Scruggs at, 208-885-7921.

NPS Historic Preservation Internship Program

Student Programs-BLM

Student Programs-USFS

Student Programs-USGS

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Intern Opportunities

Training and Course Opportunities

Wilderness Management Distance Education Course at the University of Montana NRSM 404 Wilderness in the American Context (4 credits Undergraduate)/NRSM 560 American Wilderness Philosophy and Policy (4 credits Graduate) provides a broad perspective of what wilderness is and how the idea developed, exposes the student to some of the differing values, ethics, and expectations of wilderness held by society. It offers an account of the origins of the wilderness idea, tracing the beginnings of the conservation movement from the Greek philosophers to today.  In this course students will examine the early history of wilderness preservation that ultimately led to federal protection in the Wilderness Act and subsequent legislation, including how each agency applies these laws.  Legislation since 1964 and how each agency applies these laws are also discussed. 

The course is designed to meet the needs of a broad range of students from wilderness professionals, outdoor recreational planners and educators, to members of conservation groups and interested citizens. It is the first of four courses leading to a graduate certificate in Wilderness Management. Course credit offered through The University of Montana, Missoula. 

University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is currently taking applications for Summer Session 2016. Students plunge into the field-oriented ecology courses and embrace the rigorous adventure for mind and body. The immersion-based format means you don’t have to shift gears from one hour or day to another—you start one class, finish it, and then start the next. Each course involves all day field trips and overnight camping trips to relevant sites in the Flathead Basin including Glacier National Park. The Station offers many generous scholarships—up to $4,000 per student—and most students are eligible to apply.  A high percentage of qualified scholarship applicants receive generous financial support to attend FLBS.  Find out more on the FLBS website.