Summer 2019 Opportunities

Western Resources Fellowship (Formerly “Western Research Fellowship”)

Our 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 fosters leadership skills to prepare fellows for their future careers in these regions. A financial award of $500-4,000 may be granted. Fellows must successfully complete a mutually agreed-upon deliverable in fall. Fellows will also actively participate in peer mentoring with other fellows by reviewing each other’s work, providing constructive criticism and suggestions with guidance from UHPSI staff. For more information or to discuss project ideas, please book an appointment with Michelle Downey.

Applications are due Thursday, March 7th 2019 by 11:59pm. Please visit program description to learn more this program and how to apply.

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 2-week field practicum in Wyoming and Montana that provides students with applied skills in natural resource management, ranch management, and collaborative decision-making. Participation involves field work and communicating with a diversity of partners/landowners. 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 collect data to inform a natural resource issue. The issue that students are assessing changes each year and is based on project ideas submitted from western partners.

2019 Plan
Week 1, Rangeland Bootcamp in Sheridan, WY: Hands-on, field classes in rangeland ecology, weed management, grazing strategies, ranch financial planning, and wildlife management.
Week 2, Rapid Assessment in Malta, MT: Collaborate with partners in Montana (e.g. The Nature Conservancy) to collect data to assess vegetation and pollinator populations on restored grasslands (grazed and ungrazed). Students will summarize results and deliver a report by January 2020 that will be used to guide future grassland restoration projects.

Applications are due Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. Please visit program description to learn more this program and how to apply.

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 past the field practicum.

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 to Sabrina Szeto, Jacob Slusser, and Karin Bucht to set up an initial meeting.

A ranch in the Azueros peninsula, Panama.

The application is now online. Applications are due February 12th, 2019.