Research, Jobs, Internships

This page contains announcements submitted by partners or other CESUs regarding activities, research opportunites, jobs and educational opportunities. This information is updated often, so please check frequently. is your place to find and apply for federal grants

April 2017

Training on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division is hosting a training symposium on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for stewardship and research of natural and cultural resources in national parks.

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January 2017

US Fish and Wildlife Service Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

The Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) is a fellowship program in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The DFP is designed to provide a fellowship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to participate full time for at least 11 weeks on projects that meet the qualification of a rigorous internship program.

Participation in the DFP will offer the selected fellows an opportunity to demonstrate to supervisors and managers their potential for success. Management may directly hire a fellow who has successfully completed their fellowship program and requirements for his or her degree program.

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December 2016

Applications for the 2017 MOSAICS in Science Internship

The Mosaics in Science (MIS) Diversity Internship provides college students and recent graduates 18-35 years old that are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career fields with on-the-ground, natural resource science-based, work experience in the National Park System. Each internship is comprised of working eleven weeks in a park followed by a four day career workshop held in Washington, D.C.

The Great Lakes Research and Education Center will be hosting a Pollinator Steward intern at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore this summer. The Pollinator Steward will gain hands on experience in both research and science outreach by 1) initiating a pilot native pollinator stewardship program and 2) collecting updated data on native bee diversity in the park.

Deadline for applications is February 6, 2017.

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The NPS Climate Change Response Program and the University of Washington are pleased to invite graduate and upper-level graduate students and recent graduates to apply to the 2017 Young Leaders in Climate Change (YLCC) Initiative!

The YLCC is a paid summer internship to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. Please distribute to interested parties, with special attention to recruiting from schools with diverse student populations. Internship projects, eligibility information, and application instructions can be found at

Deadline for applications is January 19, 2017.

October 2016

Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park

Second Century Stewardship—a collaboration among the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service (NPS)—seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources.

The Research Fellowships will include professional learning opportunities, including mentorship, training in science communication, and interaction with educators and resource managers. Each fellowship will include a cash award of up to $20,000, plus available research housing at Schoodic Institute, for projects to be completed within one to two years. Three research fellowships will be awarded early in 2017. Applications are due November 21, 2016.

These fellowships will provide an outstanding research and learning opportunity. Please share this announcement with researchers you know that may be interested in working in Acadia National Park.

Visit the Second Century Stewardship website to apply and learn more about the Fellowship. There will also be an informational webinar on October 14, 2016. We strongly encourage interested researchers to attend the webinar.

Informational Webinar

October 14, 2016

11am - 12:30pm

This webinar will provide an overview of the Second Century Stewardship program, the Research Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities. Please register online to receive the webinar URL and details.

Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Grant Open for Applications

Luray, Virginia: To facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park, applications are being accepted for the Shenandoah National Park Trust research fellowship program. Funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the grant supports field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. The funding will support projects conducted in the park and help answer questions important to park managers. The grants are managed by Shenandoah National Park and up to $15,000 per grant will be awarded.

The research grant program is open to applications from undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, state and federal agency scientists, private-sector research professionals, and others with appropriate backgrounds and credentials. To access the grant application and instructions, go to Applications will be accepted until October 31, with grant award(s) announced December 15, 2016.

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July 2016

Great Plains-CESU Graduate Student Award

The Great Plains-CESU is excited to announce our first annual Graduate Student Award. This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by graduate students involved in Great Plains-CESU projects.

The winner of the award will be presented at the 2017 Great Plains-CESU annual meeting taking place in Lincoln, NE. The awardee will have the opportunity to give a presentation of the project they worked on. The awardee will also receive a letter of recognition from the Great Plains-CESU Director.

Nominations can come from either the academic partner or the federal agency; however, both must endorse the nomination. Nominations can be sent (in electronic format) directly to the Great Plains-CESU Director, Larkin Powell.

Deadline for nominations is November 18, 2016.

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CESU Coordinator Interdisciplinary

The National Park Service is excited to announce a position with the Great Rivers CESU, located in Columbia, MO.

The purpose of this position is to: (1) develop and implement an integrated program of natural, social , and cultural resources research and oversee resource research that supports NPS MWR units and national NPS resource program; (2) emphasis for this position is in riparian ecology, but position will coordinate all NPS/partner research programs; (3) develop partnerships and secure outside sources of support from Federal, State and academic, and private organizations in conducting cooperative research efforts; (4) as a permanent member of the national network of CESU's, provides the NPS with scientific/technical leadership in providing an integrated and responsive research program at the regional and service-wide levels.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Please click here to learn more about this opportunity

May 2016

Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative-Request for Proposals: Restoring Natural Flow Regimes in the Great Plains

On behalf of the Great Plains LCC and in partnership with the South Central Climate Science Center, the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) is soliciting proposals for applied research to inform resource management decisions in prairie rivers and streams of the Great Plains. Specifically, they are calling for proposals that address the alteration of natural flow regimes within the context of existing water rights.

Restoring natural flow regimes in prairie rivers and streams is essential to native fish conservation. However, developing actionable, strategic opportunities for flow restoration requires an understanding of the region's water use and water rights landscape.

March 2016

Compete to Solve Water Problems

On March 31, 2016 The Bureau of Reclamation in collaboration with other Federal and State Agencies will launch two Nation-Wide prize “crowd-sourcing” competitions each with a $20,000 prize purse that seek better solutions to:

1. Detect internal Erosion in Earthen Dams, Canals, and Levees

2. Pass Juvenile Fish Migrating Downstream Over or Around Tell Dams

We are requesting a broad distribution to reach beyond the usual sources of potential solvers that commonly work in these domains. You never know who might have a great idea or can help solve a piece of the puzzle.

Challenge 1 Details Here

Challenge 2 Details Here

Training Opportunity for Early Career Environmental Researcher

The South Central Climate Science Center, an important partner of the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative, recently released applications for its second early career professional development training.

The week-long training is designed for early career environmental professionals (within five years post-graduation), postdocs, and Ph.D. students (exceptional Master’s students also may be considered) from any discipline conducting climate-related research associated with the south-central U.S. The applicants’ research need not be completed and can be in its early stages. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training which is anticipated to have at least 30 instructional hours.

The workshop will take place from Saturday, June 19, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX

FUNDING: All non-local participants will have lodging and subsistence fully funded and travel funded based on a tiered allocation (based on distance traveled from their university or employment location and up to a maximum allowable amount of $450). All local participants will have subsistence funded during workshop hours.

DEADLINE: Applications, including one letter of recommendation, are due by 5:00 pm CT on April 8th, 2016.

Please see full details here

2017 Great Plains Symposium: Call for Papers


The 2017 Great Plains Symposium will examine the topic “Flat Places, Deep Identities: Mapping Nebraska and the Great Plains.” In part it will commemorate the publication of the Atlas of the Great Plains (2011) and anticipate the publication of the Atlas of Nebraska (2017).

Why are maps so fascinating? What do they tell us, what assumptions were necessary to construct them, how do they shape our knowledge? The symposium calls for a critical reexamination of maps and the mapping of our region, from earliest historical maps to present digital cartography and remote sensing, from Pawnee star charts to cadastral surveys.

This topic is also to be understood figuratively, inviting us to consider the myriad ways in which “maps,” “mapping,” and “place” shape all aspects of how we see and understand the Great Plains. Thus included in our topic are questions of how place and mapping are used in or influence identity and culture, economy and society, agricultural practices, natural resources, environmental issues, business strategy, art and creative expression, literature of place, social relationships, politics and social movements, “deep mapping,” and any other ways in which concepts of mapping and place are revealing and useful.

We invite proposals on any of these topics for paper presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, chain-reaction panels, lightning-round sessions, or other formats. Papers accepted for presentation at the “Flat Places, Deep Identities” symposium will be considered for publication in thematic issues of Great Plains Quarterly or Great Plains Research.

DEADLINE: Proposals must be received electronically using the form posted below by Friday, October 14, 2016. The symposium will be held in Lincoln on March 30-31, 2017.

Abstract Submission Form

February 2016

Graduate Research Assistantship: Community Planner in collaboration with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT) at the University of Utah is pleased to announce a Masters-level assistantship in collaboration with the U.S. National Park Service’s (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). The assistantship is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and will begin in August 2016, with the potential to start in June 2016 depending on student availability. The assistant will support NPS project managers working on community-led conservation and recreation planning initiatives involving governmental and non-governmental partners. Assignments will consist of a variety of project support tasks selected to provide the graduate assistant with training and on-the-job experience in methods, procedures, and techniques relevant to park, conservation, and community planning. The position is an entry-level assignment that will provide experiences and responsibilities as preparation for future professional planning work.

Please see full details here


The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental and installation energy and water requirements. The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings. In two separate solicitations, ESTCP is seeking proposals for demonstrations of innovative Environmental and Installation Energy and Water technologies as candidates for funding beginning in FY 2017. The solicitations request pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations. Pre-proposals are due April 5, 2016 by 2 p.m. ET.

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2016 Student Fellowship request for proposals - Crater Lake National Park Science and Learning Center

The objective of the fellowship is to support student research at Crater Lake National Park that can inform and advance the needs of management and decision making at the park in four general areas: aquatic resources, terrestrial resources, social science, and applied technology.

To Apply: Applications must be emailed (preferred) or postmarked to Dr. Jherime Kellermann by March 31, 2016 to:

Mailing address:

Oregon Institute of Technology

3201 Campus Drive

Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Full Document Here

January 2016

Position Announcement - Forest Ecology Program Director - Schoodic Institute

This is a new position contributing to the growth and development of Schoodic Institute. It is fully funded for the first year and expected to be a permanent role. Forest ecology and the response of forests to rapid environmental changes are priority research areas at the Institute. We seek a program director with academic qualifications, research interests, and skills and ambitions in building partnerships and connections between science, education, and resource management.

To Apply: Please send resume & cover letter as a .pdf attachment to using "Forest Ecology" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Schoodic Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Schoodic Institute Research Fellowship
Request for Proposals 2016

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park announces the availability of grants to support science research in or near Acadia National Park. Schoodic Institute has particular interests in bird ecology, forest ecology, and freshwater and ocean ecology, especially as they relate to environmental change, conservation, and resource stewardship. Priority will be given to research that is relevant to the Institute's interests and the Park's research priority of understanding and responding to rapid changes to socio-ecological systems. Relevant research topics may include: ecology, conservation, geochemistry, citizen science, sustainability, education, communication, and economics.

Each proposal may request up to $5,000 for research, including stipend, supplies, and travel. Additional funding for housing on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus may be available to grantees. The field portion of proposed research should be completed between April 2016 and April 2018, with annual updates due each December and a final report expected within six months of completion of fieldwork. We expect to award 3 - 5 grants.

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2016. Please see full details here