Western Colorado University welcomes prospective master’s students to apply to our new NSF-supported program to train students for ecology careers with public lands agencies. Students in the EMPLOYS (Ecological Management and Public Lands Opportunities for Young Scientists) Program will develop cutting-edge research capabilities and vital leadership skills to respond to the complex challenges facing public lands in an era of rapid social and environmental change.

EMPLOYS Trainees will:
–Earn a Master of Science in Ecology and Master of Environmental Management program in three years at Western Colorado University.
–Complete a research thesis using big data to study an ecological question, then apply research findings to plan informed natural resource management interventions.
–Prepare for science and management careers in the National Park Service, National Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and more.

A limited number of 1-year, full-tuition fellowships are available, and all EMPLOYS students will receive research and travel support. Early application deadline is February 15. More information can be found at Western’s Center for Public Lands (https://www.centerforpubliclands.org/projects-add/employs-traineeship).

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