Summer 2020 Opportunities

Land Management Field Practicum 2020 

May, 31- June 14 2020

Applications due March 23 on rolling basis.

All expenses paid while on trip (e.g., meals, housing etc.) and up to $500 for travel to and from event.

All Yale students welcome to apply – undergraduate, graduate, F&ES students, SOM students, Divinity students etc.

The Land Management Field Practicum is a 2-week field practicum in Wyoming that engages students from Yale, University of Wyoming, Sheridan College, and Texas A&M-Kingsville in a collaborative, decision-making process to address a natural resource management question or issue. Each year, the management question changes. This year the practicum will evaluate efficacy of habitat restoration and management completed on Wyoming rangelands during the early 2000s. As an added point of study, some of these areas were burned by a wildfire in 2011 so our team will also make comparisons between vegetation and habitat between unburned and burned sites will be highlighted. Click here to read more about the habitat project the practicum will be centered around. This work will be used by conservation partners in Northeast Wyoming to determine what management needs to be done going forward as well as used to apply for funding for management that may be needed.

Week 1: Students during week one participate in lectures and field visits that introduce them to rangelands, plant identification, project design, and field methods. During this week, students work collaboratively to develop data collection methods (with guidance from instructors) that will allow them to answer the management question at hand.

Week 2: During week two, students head into the field and put their methods to work collecting data. Students then spend the fall analyzing data and authoring a report, which will be used by the land managers who requested the project to make informed decisions.

Summer/Fall: Students will summarize results and deliver a report by January 2021 that will be used to guide future management decisions related to these habitat restorations.

How to Apply:

Applications due March 23 (11:59PM) and are accepted on a rolling basis.

Email Michelle Downey ( the items listed below as 1 PDF. 

  • Name, and degree being pursued
  • Resume 
  • A one-page statement answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to participate in this program and how will it assist you in reaching your career aspirations?
    • What you are most excited about learning about at the practicum?
    • What will you bring the team and this project?

Students can pair this 2-week experience with their 10-12 week summer experience, but please be sure to communicate this to your summer supervisor.

Read more about past the field practicum.

The 11 students visiting TNC’s Matador Ranch in Montana, which is an operational grassbank.

2020 Available Western Summer Internships

UHPSI has been working closely with Yale F&ES’s Career Development Office and western partners to bring some applied summer internships to Yale students. Internship announcements are linked directly below or on Yale F&ES Next.  Acceptance by the partner does not automatically qualify the student for our Western Resource Fellowship; student are welcome to apply to WRF however.

Colorado Open Lands Announcement

NEW DUE DATE! U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service- Prairie Mountain Region

Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative

The Nature Conservancy- Wyoming

NEW! The Nature Conservancy- Colorado

NEW! Boot Ranch: Implementing Inherding for Holistic Managment in Wyoming

If you have questions, please feel free to email

Western Resources Fellowship 2020- Closed

Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative’s (UHPSI) 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 supports Yale students (graduate and undergraduate) completing a summer experience 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.

Applications are now closed. Please visit program description to learn more this program expectations and how to apply. 

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

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