Summer 2019 Opportunities


Western Resources Fellowship 2020

Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative’s (UHPSI) Western Resources Fellowship provides fellows with a financial award, logistical assistance, and mentorship to aid with research, an internship, or applied project that will have a high impact on conservation, stewardship, or management of natural resources in the Rocky Mountain or High Plains regions. This program supports Yale students (graduate and undergraduate) completing a summer experience that will provide them with practical experience, leadership skills, and/or research experience that will prepare fellows for their future careers. A financial award of up to $5,000 will be granted to each fellow. Fellows will actively participate in peer mentoring with other fellows and will receive guidance from UHPSI staff during the summer.

Applications are due by Sunday, March 8th, 2020 by 11:59pm. Please visit program description to learn more this program expectations and how to apply.

For more information or to discuss project ideas, please book an appointment with Michelle Downey.

Read more about past fellows work: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016.

Big Sandy Lake, Wind River Range. Photo Credit: Carli Kierstead


Land Management Field Practicum 2020 – More info coming soon…

The Land Management Field Practicum is a 2-week field practicum in Wyoming that engages students from Yale, University of Wyoming, Sheridan College, and Texas A&M-Kingsville in a collaborative, decision-making process to address a natural resource management question or issue. Each year, the management question changes. For example, past inquiries have included determining the success of grassland restorations in Montana, evaluating vegetation and wildlife response post-wildfire in Wyoming, and developing a management plan for a Wyoming ranch. Students during week one participate in lectures and field visits that introduce them to rangelands, plant identification, project design, and field methods. During this week, students work collaboratively to develop data collection methods (with guidance from instructors) that will allow them to answer the management question at hand. During week two, students head into the field and put their methods to work collecting data. Students then spend the fall analyzing data and authoring a report, which will be used by the land managers who requested the project to make informed decisions. Past projects have assisted land managers in evaluating previous restoration efforts, assessing current range status, and identifying priority conservation areas.

Week 1, Sheridan, WY: Hands-on, field classes in rangeland ecology, weed management, grazing strategies, ranch financial planning, wildlife management, collaboration, and statistics.

Week 2: Collect data to address this year’s natural resource issue. Details coming very soon so please check back. Students will summarize results and deliver a report by January 2021 that will be used to guide future grassland restoration projects.

Applications due date and materials will be announced very soon! Please check back or contact Students can pair this 2-week experience with their 10-12 week summer experience, but please be sure to communicate this to your summer supervisor.

Read more about past the field practicum.

The 11 students visiting TNC’s Matador Ranch in Montana, which is an operational grassbank.

Available Western Summer Internships

UHPSI has been working closely with Yale F&ES’s Career Development Office and western partners to bring some applied summer internships to Yale students. Internship announcements are linked directly below or on Yale F&ES Next. Be sure to check back as more will be coming in! Acceptance by the partner does not automatically qualify the student for our Western Resource Fellowship; student are welcome to apply to WRF however.

Wyoming State Forestry Division Annoucement

Colorado Open Lands Announcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- Mexican Wolf Recover Program (undergrad and graduate)

If you have questions, please feel free to email