Opportunities

Requests for Proposal

Rocky Mountain National Park: 2018 Call for Park-Funded Research Proposals The Continental Divide Research Learning Center (CDRLC) is seeking proposals for research, technical assistance, and education projects that aim to promote adaptive management and informed decision making at Rocky Mountain National Park.  This year the CDRLC has funding available for projects that support park management needs. 

The goal for these funds is to address identified needs for information, technical assistance or education on any topic of interest to park management. Projects can be identified by park staff, agency partners or university researchers. Park staff should route their projects through the appropriate supervisors. Park staff can identify a university or agency partner to work with directly to develop a proposal, or if you have an idea without an identified partner CDRLC staff are available to assist in finding the appropriate research partner. Universities within the RM-CESU and agency partners are encouraged to apply, particularly those showing in-kind support or other ways to leverage funds. Due COB January 11, 2018

CESU Request for Statement of Interest: Natural and Cultural Resource Management Support Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for a project to be funded by Fort McCoy which provides professional and technical support for its Natural and Cultural Resource Programs in order to facilitate successful implementation of the 16 USC 670c-1 Sikes Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable regulatory mandates.  Approximately $450,000 is expected to be available to support this project.  Additional funding may be available for follow on work in subsequent fiscal years to the successful Recipient/Awardee. Review of Statements of Interest will begin August 22, 2017.

Student Opportunities: Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships

The Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) Program at Colorado State University (CSU) is an 18-month innovative Master’s degree which prepares leaders to address conservation issues around the globe. The program is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction, and applied approaches. Our students work closely with a network of practitioners and organizations throughout the program. CLTL is a great option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet. Application for Fall 2018 open until March 1, 2018.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy and Rocky Mountain National Park are requesting proposals for the Bailey Research Fellowship.  This is an opportunity for one graduate level student to spend three to four months conducting research in Rocky Mountain National Park. Job Description: This fellowship opportunity invites a broad range of research proposals to be reviewed and conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park, including wildlife management, vegetation and riparian studies, fire ecology, cultural sciences, archaeology and historic structures preservation, as well as other topics in botany, zoology, geology, history, ecology and ornithology. The graduate student awarded the Research Fellowship will work with Rocky Mountain National Park staff for a period of three to four months. Applicants must submit a preliminary research proposal and the chosen fellow will be expected to convey research finding to the general public as well as to professional audiences. Wage/Salary: Housing plus a $8,000 honorarium and a $3,000 support budget for incidentals. Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and research proposal to Rachel Balduzzi at rachel.balduzzi@rmconservancy.org by February 1, 2018 for consideration of this fellowship.

Regional Visitor Use Management — Park Break 2018, Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park  February 25 - March 3, 2018 Park Break is an all-expenses paid, field-based service learning opportunity for graduate students (Ph.D. or Master’s level) who are studying in fields related to parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. We are also interested in students with an interest and/or understanding in protected area policy, ecology, communications (including social media), and marketing.

The George Wright Society, National Park Service and Kansas State university are now accepting applications for participation in the 2018 visitor use management focused Park Break Program at Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park (JOTR/DEVA). Deadline to apply: December 4, 2017. Visit GeorgeWrightSociety.org/Students to learn more about the opportunity. 

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 16, 2017. Application Instructions.

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 10, 2017. Evison Fellowship Call and Application Form

 

Training and Course Opportunities

Wilderness Management Distance Education Course at the University of Montana - NRSM 404 and NRSM 560lay the groundwork for all other courses in the Program. This course provides a broad perspective of what wilderness is and how the idea developed, and 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 you 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. NRSM 404/560 is an excellent course for managers and students interested in obtaining a firm academic foundation in wilderness philosophy and ethics. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018 ; Course Dates:  February 5, 2018 – May 25, 2018