Summer 2021 Opportunities


Funded Student Summer Experiences for 2021 Available!

Developing Long-term Ecological Monitoring Protocols for Land Practitioners in South-Central Colorado 

The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (UHPSI) have 5 fully funded summer experience available during May-August 2021 for Yale students. Summer experiences will involve collaborating closely with Yale School of the Environment faculty, Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative staff, and land managers at a working ranch in south-central Colorado to assist with our Assessment and Planning phase of this 3.5-year effort to develop and test long-term ecological monitoring protocols. 

These opportunities are part of a larger collaboration between YSE and on-the-ground practitioners in the western United States that is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of working landscapes, ecological processes, and effective land management strategies for conservation in the West. This work will directly benefit the scientific field and community, practitioners, and students. 

Please read the attachment for detailed information about each available position (Data Curation, Climate and Water Availability Projections, Coordinating Collaboration and Field Investigation, Researching Other Long-term Monitoring Projects).

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with review beginning after April 5, 2021.


Western Resources Fellowship- Closed for Summer 2021

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

student-driven query involving research, an internship, or management project during the summer. 

Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative at YSE provides fellows with a financial award, logistical assistance, and mentorship to aid with a summer experience 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 graduate and undergraduate students completing a summer work 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.

Read more about past fellows work: 2020 |2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016.

How to Apply
Applications are now closed for summer 2021.

Please review the PDF below to learn about expectations and how to apply.



View 10-minute presentations by each 2020 Western Resources Fellows by clicking here.


Land Management Field Practicum – Canceled for 2021

 

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The Forks and Fire — Brendan Boepple

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Changing Perspectives: The Enemy is Everywhere — Reid Lewis

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Ranch Crew 2018: An Immersive Experience in Rangeland Ecology and Management — Lexi Smith

June 2018 was Ranch Crew month for several students (including myself), Ucross members, and collaborating partners from ranch managers to plant ecologists. Ranch Crew is not necessarily what it sounds like. It is so much more than that. Ranch Crew is a two-week immersive experience in rangeland ecology, management, and last but not least…culture! Since Read more about Ranch Crew 2018: An Immersive Experience in Rangeland Ecology and Management — Lexi Smith[…]

Plant ID with the Ranch Crew — Katie Panek

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Writing the Rapid Assessment — Jordan Skovgard

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A lesson about invasive species — Lydia Mendoza

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From Classroom to Field: A Trip to Red Canyon Ranch — Jessica Swindon

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Ranch Crew Introduction — Jeremy Menkhaus

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Ranch Crew: Applied Field Practicum

August 12-27, 2017 Do you love Western rangelands? Have you ever wondered what goes into managing livestock? Are you interested getting boots on the ground and learning how to assess and advise rangeland operations? Ranch crew is a 16-day intensive practicum based in Wyoming. The practicum is split in two parts. The first part, Rangeland Read more about Ranch Crew: Applied Field Practicum[…]