Summer 2019 Opportunities

Western Resources Fellowship (Formerly “Western Research Fellowship”)

Expect a new and revamped Western Resources Fellowship for Summer 2019! We will be providing funding and advice for projects focused on land stewardship and conservation in the American West. For more information or to discuss project ideas, please book an appointment with Michelle Downey.

We will let you know when the application comes online. Applications are due Thursday, March 7th, 2019.

From 2016 to 2018, the Western Resources Fellowship (WRF) was awarded annually to applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the Rocky Mountain West. Ideal proposals targeted high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for private land management. In addition to a financial award, fellows were given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties, as well as technical, logistical and publication support upon returning to campus in the fall.

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

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

Land Management Field Practicum (Formerly “Ranch Crew”)

The Land Management Field Practicum is a two-week rangeland practicum in summer held across the state of Wyoming. Divided into two sections, the field practicum provides crewmembers with an intensive field course in rangeland ecology and ranch management before sending them out to complete a rapid assessment on a working ranch.

In 2018, the team completed a rapid assessment on three ranches in northern Wyoming in collaboration with NRCS, Wyoming Game And Fish, Plank Stewardship Inititaive, Sheridan College, and University of Wyoming. The 2018 crew looked at the effects of a 2017 late-summer rangeland fire (>100,000 acres) on species composition – specifically the ratio of perennial to annual grass. Management implications include forage quality/quantity for livestock, sage grouse habitat, and fire resilience.

The 2017 crew (4 Yale students, 4 Wyoming students) completed a rapid assessment of Currant Creek Ranch, a 90,000+ acre ranch in Sweetwater, Wyoming. The rapid assessment was done in coordination with Currant Creek Ranch, Trout Unlimited, and Wyoming Game and Fish.

The Land Management Field Practicum is an ongoing collaboration between Sheridan College, University of Wyoming, F&ES, Plank Stewardship Initiative, and the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative.

Read more about the field practicum.

We will let you know when the application comes online. For more information, please contact Michelle Downey. Applications are due Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Ranch Crew 2017 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

The Rangeland Exchange

The Rangeland Exchange is a 10 to 12 week summer opportunity for a returning Masters or Doctoral F&ES student to live and do research in two rangeland communities: in Panama and the western United States. During your time in each place, you will learn about rangeland management, build relationships with community members, and contribute to innovative field-based research that addresses community needs. Potential research questions include:

– Understanding the rural-urban migration of young people in ranching communities
– Building sustainable business models for ranching
– Increasing ecosystem service integrity through land management practices
– Students are also welcome to propose other projects based on their own interests and expertise.

This opportunity is a collaboration between UHPSI and the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI). Our program description is now online.

If you are interested in the program, please send an e-mail as soon as possible, latest by January 27, 2019 to Sabrina Szeto, Jacob Slusser, and Karin Bucht to set up an initial meeting.

A ranch in the Azueros peninsula, Panama.