August 23, 2018


Academic Year

Student Research Assistants to Collaborate with Western Partners

Applications Closed for 2023-2024. Check back August 2024 for new jobs.

These partner-driven projects match students with western leaders in need of conservation assistance in order to develop practical solutions.
Students work in pairs to tackle interdisciplinary projects that span and intersect biophysical, social, economic, cultural, and policy topics. Students typically work 4-8 hours/week remotely and are paid ($16.25/hour) while completing projects during September/Oct-May from New Haven. Students meet regularly with UHPSI staff and remotely with western partners.

How to apply: 
View the the details of the projects available for the 2023-2024 academic year by visiting here. Projects include:

– Creating a monitoring plan for beaver pond complexes with implications to the management of irrigation infrastructure and water rights administration with geospatial tools and field volunteers
– Developing a Payment-for-Ecosystem-Service Model for Working Lands Restoration in Colorado’s Yampa River Watershed

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit 1 PDF document via email to by 11:59pm September 10, 2023 that includes:
– Cover letter addressing your career aspirations (1 page maximum)
– Resume (3 page maximum)
– Answers to the following questions: Research Assistant Application Questions

Please review student expectations in order to give you an idea of commitments and what is expected of every research assistant.
More information about the program can be found at the links below:
– Learn about past research projects by viewing descriptions 
– Read about past student experience through our student blog
– Visit our student FAQ about Research Assistants Positions

Land Stewardship and Management Immersion Field Trip

Trip is offered ad hoc.

UHPSI at Yale School of the Environment partners with Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma to offer Yale students participation in a 4- day field-based, land management trip.  Noble’s Land Stewardship team is skilled in regenerative ranching, prescribed burn implementation, landowner engagement, range and wildlife management.

– Ranch Tours
– Prescribed burns
– Plan and implement grazing strategies and assess impact
– Learn about ranch ecosystem processes and soil health indicators

See photos below


Paid Student/Recent Grad Summer Field Positions Available in Colorado  

Apply now – Rolling basis

\The Partnership in Forestry and Rangeland Research Program at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) is seeking ~3-5 students or recent graduates to join our ecological monitoring field crew during June 1-August 10, 2024. 

This work will directly contribute to our efforts to develop and test monitoring protocols that can be used long-term to measure and track change in ecological metrics over time, such as plant species diversity or disease presence. 

Undergraduates and graduate students are welcome! Paid $1,200/week and housing provided.

Information session will be held Feb. 15 at 12. RSVP here.

Contact with questions

Download the PDF below for more details and learn how to apply.

Western Resources Fellowship

Apply by March 17, 2024

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 $8,000 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: Past fellowships.

How to Apply
Please apply using the Yale Students Grant Database (search ‘Ucross’) by March 17, 2024. More information about applications materials can be found in PDF below along with general fellowship expectations.

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

Land Management Field Practicum

Trip is offered ad hoc.

A 2-week field practicum during early June designed to engage Yale students with students from 3 other universities (University of Wyoming, Sheridan College, and Texas A&M University- Kingsville) in a collaborative, decision-making process to address a western, natural-resource issue. Practicum involves lectures, field data collection, and communication with diverse stakeholders to produce a conservation deliverable. This experiential, service-learning practicum engages students in applied problem solving with people of different backgrounds, skillsets, and perspectives. Each year the team addresses a issue that a group of western organizations are seeking more information on. Student then spend the fall summarizing data and authoring a report to guide land management decisions.