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Wyoming Wildlife Fellowship

Wyoming Wildlife Fellowship

Wyoming wildlife fellowship

Undergraduate Opportunity

The management and conservation of wildlife and fisheries resources relies on professionals with extensive scientific knowledge, a nuanced understanding of how the public interfaces with natural resources, and a mastery of skills ranging from estimating population trajectories to pulling trailers to talking with landowners. The Wyoming Wildlife Fellowship strives to promote well-rounded and well-prepared wildlife and fisheries professionals through an immersive, supportive, hands-on education and work experience.


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The Details 

About the Fellowship

Each semester, Fellows will select hands-on volunteer experiences focused on diverse aspects of wildlife and fisheries management and conservation in Wyoming. Want to check out what it’s like to use radiotelemetry to find the location of frogs? Or help wildlife biologists collect important data about hunting at hunter check stations? Or learn how to present a scientific concept so that is understandable to the general public? If you are a Fellow, these are just a few of the many experiences you could have in any semester!

In addition to the volunteer experiences during the semesters, Fellows will also complete a seminar course each year and are guaranteed paid summer employment while enrolled in the program. The seminar course will explore concepts or skills necessary for wildlife and fisheries management and conservation that may be otherwise overlooked in coursework. Through summer employment, Fellows will gain work experience that is necessary to be competitive for any position in wildlife or fisheries professions.

The Fellowship was established in fall 2021, with the inaugural cohort of Steven Antonio, Macy Jacobson, Danielle Jones, and Ryen Nielsen. This Fellowship is fully funded by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and is carried out through collaboration between the Department and the Monteith Shop in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources.


The Fellowship is open to any undergraduate at the University of Wyoming, including transfer students and incoming freshmen, who is interested in wildlife and fisheries management and conservation and who has at least 2 full years (4 semesters, 2 summers) left in their undergraduate degree.

Fellows must be 18 years old at the start of the Fellowship. Fellows must have an average 3.0 GPA to be eligible for or remain in the program. To support their time in the program, fellows are awarded a stipend of $3,000 for each of the first 2 semesters of the program, $3,500 for the following 2 semesters, and $4,000 for any remaining semesters.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship or if you have potential opportunities for the Fellows, please reach out to Rhiannon Jakopak at

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 cohort of Wyoming Wildlife Fellows. Please check back spring 2023 for next year's application.


Student in the field

Fellow Dani Jones during one of her volunteer experiences, where she used radiotelemetry to track Wood Frogs with a UW graduate student.

Photo credit: Dani Jones.



Masthead Photo Credit: Haub School Professor Kevin Monteith

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