August 23, 2018

Academic Year Opportunities

Research Assistants

A partner-driven project that matches students with western leaders in need of conservation assistance in order to develop practical solutions.

Students work in pairs to tackle a diversity of interdisciplinary projects that span and intersect biophysical, social, economic, cultural, and policy topics. Students typically work 3-5 hours/week and are paid while completeing projects during September-May from New Haven.

  • Students interested in these paid positions should contact Michelle.downey@yale.edu near the beginning of the academic year to learn how to apply. Positions are usually filled by mid-September.
  • Western partners interested in collaborating, please contact program director at michelle.downey@yale.edu before August 1
  • Past research projects here
  • Student Blog


Prescribed Fire and Landowner Engagement Field Trip

UHPSI at Yale F&ES partnered with Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma to offer students participation in a 4-5 day field-based field trip. Trip usually takes place during early January or spring break. Noble’s Land Stewardship team is skilled in prescribed burn implementation, landowner engagement, range and wildlife management, and conservation practices. Students carry out several prescribed burns in grass- and shrub lands while learning learn how Noble successfully engages with landowners in implement conservation tools such as grazing, brush/habitat management, fire, and hunting to manage land in Texas and Oklahoma.