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Environment, Natural Resources & Society (ENRS) Graduate Major

MS in Environment, Natural Resources & SOCIETY

Funding Your Graduate Education


The Haub School provides a variety of ways to fund your graduate education, including graduate research or teaching assistantships and scholarships. A current list of available funding opportunities offered through the Haub School are posted below, and the application process is described below. Please indicate in your Statement of Interest if you are interested in a specific funding opportunity, and then apply directly to the position as described in the position posting. Additional materials may be required for Graduate Research Assistantships. 

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources has a limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships per academic year. Assistantships are competitive, fully funded positions and can be either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. A full-time graduate assistant is expected to work about 20 hours per week. Assistantships pay for nine credit hours of tuition and fees, a stipend ($1370/month), and health insurance during fall and spring semesters. Graduate assistantships typically do not cover summer enrollment.   

There is a single application (click for application) for the following graduate teaching assistantship(s) and scholarship opportunities. Specific funded positions (graduate research assistantships) require separate applications detailed in the position descriptions. Please send the application to by March 1st for priority consideration. The deadline for submission is rolling, and positions are open until filled.

Other scholarships through the University of Wyoming are also available. See WyoScholarships.  


Selection Criteria for Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Scholarships

The application deadline for funding consideration is March 1 or as posted in the position description   

  • Relevant skills, knowledge and background for the position  
  • Interest and enthusiasm  
  • Connections to their area of study and/or future career goals  
  • Good fit for the team, location, etc. (disposition, style)  
  • Additional assets of the candidate that go beyond the minimal requirements  
  • Other qualifications as detailed in the position description(s).   
  • Students may be contacted for an interview.   


Haub School Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Scholarships

All assistantships and scholarships are filled for the '22-23 AY. Priority date for Fall 2023 start will be March 1st 2023.


Haub School Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA): This position involves assisting Haub School faculty with teaching a course associated with one of the undergraduate academic programs (ENR, ORTM or ESS). This includes planning, teaching, grading, developing materials, researching, report writing, and maintaining office hours.


The Indy Burke Graduate Scholarship: The Indy Burke Graduate Scholarship is a general scholarship eligible to any graduate student applying to the Haub School graduate program in Environment, Natural Resources & Society.  The fund will cover tuition, fees and graduate student stipend for one year.  Recipients of the Indy Burke Scholarship may reapply for a second year. 


The Tom and Debbe Spicer Fund for Collaborative Solutions: The Tom and Debbe Spicer Fund for Collaborative Solutions is a recurring gift made to the Haub School for the purpose of enhancing the capacity for people in Wyoming and the West to engage in collaborative problem-solving related to environmental policy and natural resources management. The fund will cover tuition, fees and graduate student stipend for students who wish to focus their studies in the general area of collaborative governance which includes the rich diversity of processes that use negotiation, mediation, facilitation, citizen and stakeholder engagement, deliberation, collaboration, and consensus-building that shape sustainable public policy decisions. The fund is available to students on an annual basis.  Recipients of the Spicer Fund may reapply for a second year. 


John L. Kemmerer, Jr. Graduate Fellowship (GRA): The John L. Kemmerer Jr. Graduate Fellowship is an endowed award to recognize and support outstanding students studying natural resources recreation and tourism through the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Kemmerer family of Kemmerer, Wyo., and the state of Wyoming endowed the fellowship in 2014 to support interdisciplinary environmental and natural resource graduate studies. The Kemmerer Fellowship is available to any Haub School student pursuing a graduate degree that is focused in the area of natural resources recreation and tourism. The award covers tuition, fees, stipend and limited research expenses for two years. Preference is given to Wyoming residents, and applicants who have received an undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming.

Other scholarships through the University of Wyoming are also available. See WyoScholarships.  


Haub School Graduate Research Assistantships 

These positions require separate applications detailed in the position descriptions. Students do not need to apply for admission to UW in order to apply for this GRA. If selected, students will need to apply to UW.

MS Graduate Research Assistantship in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, University of Wyoming: Dr. Curt Davidson is recruiting one Master of Science (MS) student to join the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. The successful applicant will assist with research projects surrounding outdoor recreation, health, outdoor leadership, experiential education, and tourism development. The primary responsibilities will support efforts to expand the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program at the University and across the state of Wyoming. This includes research duties such as participant enrollment, training material development, intervention implementation, and research and evaluation. This position may also include assisting with teaching duties as required. More information can be found here. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2023, at 5 p.m. MST.

Graduate Research Assistant: Recreation Ecology: Dr. Richard Vercoe is seeking an ENRS student to conduct research on natural resource impacts due to visitor use in and around the developed trail, camping, and staging areas of the sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems adjacent to the Snowy Range Scenic Byway. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct extensive work outside, at high elevations (10,000+ ft), under inclement conditions (rain, snow) performing site assessments and evaluations of primary visitation areas along the Scenic Byway as well as adjoining impacted natural areas to identify current carrying capacity and potential new visitor use areas. This study will include environmental assessments, spatial inventories of key species, and resource damage due to visitor behaviors. The study will also include observation and documentation of visitor numbers, behavior, and perceived experience with respect to these areas. Basic skills in GIS, Remote Sensing, and Human Subjects research are preferred but not required. Preference is given to Wyoming residents, and applicants who have received an undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming. More information can be found here. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2023.

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Environmental Pedagogy Teaching Fellow: The Haub School of ENR invites applicants who are members of an Underrepresented Domestic Minority (URDM) group* to join our graduate program as an Environmental Pedagogy Teaching Fellow in a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) role. This GTA position will support undergraduate curriculum, courses, and students in the Haub School, including first-year core courses and upper-level, project-based and community-engaged courses. The student will support pedagogy in a number of learning environments (classroom-based, project-based, community-engaged, field and international courses). Responsibilities include providing instruction, evaluation and guidance to undergraduate students in collaboration with Haub faculty members, and contributing to curriculum and program design and evaluation. We encourage the student’s research/creative activities to complement their GTA work, including research related to community-engaged and experiential learning pedagogies, with the potential to use existing and ongoing quantitative and qualitative datasets to evaluate impacts and best practices in field- and place-based environmental education at the postsecondary level.  Associate Lecturer Maggie Bourque will provide mentorship and will serve as the thesis co-advisor as appropriate. More information can be found here. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2023.

Graduate Research Assistant: WORTH: Dr. Dan McCoy, Interim Director of the Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality (WORTH) Initiative is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to develop and deploy educational products and services for Wyoming’s second largest industry—tourism, through the newly established WORTH Initiative. Ideal candidates for this position will be interested in developing and deploying educational products such as webinars, online trainings, certifications, and short courses to support outdoor recreation and tourism industries in Wyoming. In addition, ideal candidates will possess good written and oral communication skills and have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team. Candidates should show creative and flexible thinking, be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators. More information can be found here. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2023.


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