University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Student Opportunities

Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement (APLE) in the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has interesting opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate students. We have an active internship program, students occasionally participate in field and laboratory research projects with our faculty, and we offer an honors research thesis program. Geography students also get opportunities during class time to work with professionals in the field on real-life issues.

Internship Program

The Department of Geography offers the opportunity to undertake internships off-campus to prepare students for an exciting world of applied Geography. Participating agencies include Northern Cartographics, Action Research, Women Helping Battered Women, Toward Freedom, Vermont Senate, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Waste Water Treatment Facility, Burlington Housing Authority, National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, Associates in Rural Development, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Cares, Mountain Pride Media, Shelburne Museum, State of Vermont, and The Nature Conservancy. Fill out the Internship Agreement Form (PDF). See recent student research projects below.

Recent job, internship, award programs, studentship, and graduate fellowship announcements

Summer Employment Opportunity

Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission is interested in hiring an individual with a natural resources or transportation planning background for summer employment. Employment
can start in May or early June and continue through August or later, at approximately thirty (30) hours per week. Work hours may need to be flexible to work with town road crews.

The role will involve a variety of tasks, including extensive fieldwork and some office work assisting planners with other projects. Fieldwork includes conducting traffic counts and working with town
road crews to inventory roads, bridges and culverts. A significant portion of the fieldwork will focus on road erosion inventories required by Act 46 (Vermont Clean Water Act). The intern will need to
use their own vehicle to get to meetings and fieldwork sites and their mileage will be reimbursed at the GSA rate.

See PDF for further details and requirements: SWCRPC summer employment 2017


Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Summer Field Internships 2017

Three to six interns will train with the Vermont State Department of Forest Parks and Recreation staff to inventory and assess forest plots as part of a statewide forest health monitoring program.  Interns will work closely with forest health professionals to establish monitoring plots, quantify stand composition and structure, assess canopy condition, collect hemispherical photos for digital assessments of crown closure, and conduct regeneration and understory assessments on subplots.

After training, interns will be expected to work independently to plan daily trips, maintain equipment, conduct field work, work with the VMC database, as well as develop and contribute content to VMC social media outlets.

Additionally, VMC has been working on expanding forest health monitoring to other states in the northeastern US. This year there will be opportunities that involve establishing plots down in the Finger Lakes region of New York. This may involve some training with staff from the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest staff.

At the end of the field data collection, interns will be expected to conduct a summary analysis of data for the year.  This could include simple descriptive metrics of plot measurements, or more complex statistical analyses to compare methodologies, species or locations.  The intern’s final report on the measurements collected will be included in VMC’s annual reporting and posted to the web site.

Successful applicants must be knowledgeable of the common tree species in our area. This can be demonstrated by having completed the NR21 dendrology course. Because plots are unmarked, comfort with GPS navigation is also required. Exposure to additional forest inventory sampling techniques (hypsometers, d-tapes, prisms, etc,) are preferred but not required.

See PDF for further details: Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Summer Field Internships Summer 2017

Start Date: June 12, 2017 - End date: August 21, 2017

Send a resume and one reference letter to by March 18, 2017.


Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) - Interns Needed – Summer 2017

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) seeks interns for the summer months (June – August) of 2017. The Commission is charged with land use and transportation planning within Chittenden
County, Vermont. More information about CCRPC is available at –

* Set-up & perform speed studies and traffic counts at specified locations in Chittenden
County for: Roadways, Intersections and Bicycle/Pedestrian paths.
* Conduct municipal infrastructure inventories (signs, culverts, or sidewalks) using GPS.
* Conduct pavement and road erosion surveys.
* Data entry and Quality Control.
* Independent research projects may be assigned as necessary.

Pay is $13.00/hour and technicians are expected to work 40 hours per week. CCRPC will pay for mileage costs
at the allowable IRS reimbursement rate. Standard work week is Monday-Thursday with 10 hour days.

Chittenden County, Vermont. Includes the cities of Burlington, South Burlington, and Winooski as well as 14
other local municipalities.

* Basic computer skills.
* Strong technical and organizational skills.
* Can work independently in an office environment and in the field.
* Knowledge of traffic engineering, planning concepts, GIS, and GPS is preferred.
* Must be able to pick up and carry equipment bins and/or toolboxes weighing roughly 40 pounds, work in outside
conditions, and sit or stand for extended periods.

Application materials are due by Friday, March 31st, 2017. The interview process will commence as materials are

We have had many Geography majors find success in these internships and the CCRPC employs many of our UVM Geography graduates. Contact Prof. Meghan Cope ( with questions or apply directly.

To apply e-mail cover letter and resume to:
Chris Dubin
Transportation Planner
Chittenden County RPC
110 West Canal St., Suite 202
Winooski, VT 05404-2109
Phone: 802 846 4490 ext *12

For more information please see: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission


Tatoosh 2017 | Field studies & research in Alaska

The Tatoosh School is a nonprofit, university-level field school with a beach front base camp on Prince of Wales Island and lecture halls in the towns, ocean, and forests of Alaska’s Inside Passage.It is the school’s mission to foster first-hand learning about the ecology and environmental policy of southern Southeast Alaska.

Rigorous academicsfocus on the development of a sense of place, a passion for civic engagement and a sound knowledge of the Pacific coastal eco region. You can earn up to12 quarter units of creditandleave empowered to explore your surroundings with wide-eyed curiosity and to reach out as an active and informed citizen.

Students are field scientists and participate in several long-term ecological research programs in collaboration with our partners.Gain invaluable experience and professional connectionsthat can last a lifetime.

Choose from 3 summer programs in2017:


3-week Intensive I: May 17 – June8, 2017

Community Ecology: Salmon, People, Place

This 3-week intensive focuses on the communities that inhabit the heart of the Pacific Coastal Eco region. Conceived broadly, the course theme of community ecology launches explorations from the outer coast to the Inside Passage to study interactions at varying scales and across biological, social, biophysical, and cultural boundaries.

Course description (5 semester or 8 quarter units, 410/510):Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the near shore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space. A community ecology lens adds consideration of organizations and networks on the landscape and in human communities, enhancing students’ knowledge of resiliency and sustainability in the ecoregion.


6-week Summer Session: June 21 – August 3, 2017

The Core Session expedition includes two upper-division classes taken concurrently, one in ecology and a second in natural resource policy.

Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology of Southeast Alaska(4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510). Students develop an understanding of key ecological principals of aquatic and terrestrial systems, from the nearshore intertidal zone to the high alpine. This class also examines the adaptations and relationships of organisms to their environments over time and space.

Politics of Place: Southeast Alaska(4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510).Topics include land ownership, public and private land management, conservation strategies, local and regional economies, Alaska Native cultures and communities, and contemporary resource management issues. A focus is placed on the evolution of social and legal structures, and how these structures guide current decision-making. Inquiry and reason are applied to real-life challenges, and students engage with citizens and policymakers to consider solutions.


3-week Intensive II: August 23 – September 14, 2017

Stewardship of Salmon Rivers

With 990 miles of coastline, thriving runs of wild salmon, and strong communities that depend on the forest and sea around them, Prince of Wales Island is a lecture halllike no other. Multiple-use forest management has affected the integrity of salmon-bearing streams in Southeastern Alaska, and the effects of a dynamic climate are playing out each year. Local land managers, nonprofit partners, Alaska Native communities, businesses and citizens are actively working to care for the salmon landscape. While many river systems on the Island are relatively intact, the time to learn about – and engage in – integrative stewardship of salmon rivers is now.

Course description (4 semester or 6 quarter units, 410/510): This intensive course examines the physical, biological, economic and political frameworks essential to informed stewardship of salmon-producing watersheds in the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Coursework engages the fields of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, biology, political science, and economics to develop students’ understanding of integrated watershed stewardship. Students practice stream survey and monitoring techniques that contribute to long-term collaborative stewardship work while gaining valuable field research experience.

Learn more and apply at

Questions? or 503.347.2599


Multiple Graduate Assistantships for Master’s in Geography

Multiple graduate assistantships are available for Master’s in geography beginning fall 2017 in the Department of Geography at Western Illinois University to conduct research in river science and geomorphology. Students will also get the support from the Institute for Environmental Studies, which primarily focuses on river ecosystems as the long-term objective. Students will be able to select their theses research from a broad spectrum of topics in fluvial geomorphology such as human impact on river systems, stream bank erosion, interaction of stream banks with vegetation, river restoration, woody debris in alluvial channels, urban hydrology, and the effects of small reservoirs etc. Students will be working closely with Dr. Ranbir Kang and will have the access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment such Terrestrial LiDAR, a broad spectrum of modeling tools, and geo-spatial support. The selected student(s) will receive a monthly stipend, full tuition, office space, and opportunity to network with other scholars etc.

The potential student(s) should: i) have strong analytical skills; ii) be honest and highly motivated to do environmental research; iii) possess a strong work ethic; iv) be able to learn new skills; and v) work in a team environment. A background in a field such as earth science, GIS, and field ecology is highly desirable.

Interested candidate should contact Dr. Ranbir Kang ( for more information. Funding Opportunity for Graduate Students

Information about Ranbir Kang:
Information about the Geography Department:
Information about the Institute for Environmental Studies:


Graduate Program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County

We have a number of graduate funding lines for PhD and Master's study in the Geography and Environmental Systems Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

We are a multi-disciplinary department with an emphasis on examining the dynamic relationship between social and natural processes.

We are especially interested in students studying issues related to environmental justice, political ecology, historical geography, and urban environments.

A number of teaching assistantships are available to qualified students.These provide tuition remission, a monthly salary, and health insurance. Students are also provided with lab and office space.

In addition to financial support, there are a number of opportunities for research collaborations through partnerships established with our Department.

  • A number of our faculty have established international research programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and China.
  • UMBC is the field headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of only two NSF Urban Long-term Ecological Research Sites in the country.
  • The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE) is located at UMBC. CUERE is focused on the environmental consequences of social and environmental transformations associated with urban development.

For more information, please visit our website and contact our graduate program director or department chair with any questions.

David Lansing ( Graduate Program Director

Alan Yeakley, Department Chair (


Geography M.A. at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

The Department of Geography at Miami University invites applications to its Masterof Arts (M.A.) degree. Miami is a public, liberal arts institution founded in 1809.Our rigorous and flexible M.A. program offers close mentorship by a facultyactive in leading areas of geographical research. The theoretical, methodological,teaching, and practical skills learned by our MA graduates have prepared them forboth doctoral study and careers in the public and private sector.

Upon graduation, our students have found successful careers in environmental analysis and protection, urbanand regional planning, publishing, government, real estate, location analysis and higher education. Our students have gained acceptance and funding offers from top doctoral programs like Toronto, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Illinois, UCLA, Ohio State University, Royal Holloway, and others. Graduatesof our department are faculty at Toronto, George Washington, Toledo, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, Bridgewater, Northern Illinois, Clemson, Binghamton, and others.

Research and teaching in the Department of Geography focus primarily on

  • Global and Sustainable Development, exploring the impacts of globalizationand structural change, political ecologies, sustainability and development.
  • Urban Worlds, exploring urban landscapes, including economic and urban restructuring, land-use regulation, transportation and public space.
  • Human-Environment Interactions, examining recent human-driven environmentalchange and land use /land cover change.
  • People and Places,exploring links between global forces and diversity of local people and places, researching race, ethnicity, gender, identity and citizenship.
  • Geospatial Sciences,analyzing spatial distributions through Geographic Information Science.
  • Natural Resource Conservation,including landscape ecology, biogeography, geomorphology, and hydrology.

We have a number of graduate assistantships available, and are particularly encouraging applications from students interested in working on urban, environment or development issues situated in US, European, African or Asian contexts. Graduate assistantships include a stipend as well as waiver of tuition.

Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio, approximately 35 miles northwest of
Cincinnati, Ohio. Oxford is a charming college town that offers both a vibrant small-town atmosphere and rural amenities, yet is within an hour of both Cincinnati andDayton, Ohio.

For more information on the M.A. program in geography at Miami University, please see our website

call (513) 529-5010, or



Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management @ North Carolina State University
Priority deadlines: Fall Admission: February 15th Spring Admission: October 15 Start date: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 Advisor: Dr. Bethany Cutts (
To Apply:
Dr. Cutts’ research group welcomes students, postdocs and collaborators regardless race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. Diversity allows us to question our assumptions about how the world works and to use environmental social science more creatively and more effectively as we seek solutions to sustainability challenges through our professional actions and private lives. To learn more, please go to or contact Dr. Bethany Cutts (

Area 1: Urban Environmental Equity The successful student will work with geographers, landscape ecologists, and environmental social scientists to integrate large-scale datasets with qualitative data to answer questions about the role of environmental justice in sustainability and greening initiatives that occur through changes in property management, social norms, and/or changes in policy and policy enforcement. Students will be expected to draw from a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that may include social network analysis, remote sensing, video-based interviews and/or participatory GIS. Applicants with an interest in building technological and participatory mapping expertise that aligns with the Center for Geospatial Analytics are especially welcome.

Research Area 2: Social Dimensions of Restoration and Ecosystem Services The successful student will work with social scientists and ecologists to integrate social and ecological datasets to improve understanding of the social dimensions of restoration activities in diverse landscapes. Working with stakeholders, decision-makers, and collaborators in places that may include New Mexico, North Carolina, and/or California, the student will be expected to develop a research project that contributes new theoretical and applied knowledge that helps understand how people enact collective strategies to adapt to or mitigate against irreversible transitions in human-nature relations. Students will be expected to draw from a range of quantitative and qualitative methods that may include social network analysis, GIS, and immersive geospatial technologies. Applicants with an interest in building technological and participatory mapping expertise that aligns with the Center for Geospatial Analytics are especially welcome

For more information, please visit:

Bethany Cutts
North Carolina State University

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