This is an evolving, partial list of assistantships and fellowships and will be updated as faculty know about assistantships from new grants. Please either check back at this site, inquire directly with RSENR gradaute faculty members of specific interest, or contact the Graduate Program coordinator ( to learn more about our programs, application process, and which faculty may be accepting new students. 

Watershed Education and Participatory Science Graduate Research Assistantship (M.S. or PhD)

Project: Lake Champlain Sea Grant, based at the University of Vermont (UVM), Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, is seeking an individual to support watershed and lake science education program planning and implementation, and to engage in complementary research to aid in understanding outcomes of participatory science programs that focus on water. Participatory science includes efforts such as volunteer water monitoring, citizen science, crowdsourcing and community science, among others. Through a 20 hr/week research assistantship, this position will provide the individual with the opportunity to assist in all aspects of watershed education program planning, organization, delivery, data management and evaluation. At a minimum, research will focus on understanding and describing outcomes of Vermont’s Lay Monitoring program, one of the oldest volunteer water monitoring programs in the US. There is one graduate student position available. It will begin in June 2024. Options exist for either an M.S. or PhD student, with stipend and tuition support for two or four years, accordingly.
Qualifications: B.S. (if interested in M.S.) or M.S. (preferred, if interested in PhD) in water resources, natural resources, biology, science communications, elementary education, or related field, and strong interest in pursuing a career focused on engagement of the public in scientific research. Applicants should express how their experiences and career interests align with the goals of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant. Applicants should be able to work independently and also cooperatively to contribute to program development, organizational logistics, and youth and teacher education in indoor and outdoor settings. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and willingness to travel within the Lake Champlain basin of Vermont and New York to educate youth and teachers. Programming activities may take place outside of normal working hours, including nights and weekends. Field activities including in-stream and on-lake sample collection, may require exposure to weather, rough waters, traversing rough/steep stream access points, and getting wet and/or muddy. Applicants should have demonstrated ability and willingness to work with diverse constituencies and should express this in their applications. Applicants should have a valid driver’s license and ability to become qualified to drive university vehicles.
Application: Submit a cover letter and resume or CV to Kris Stepenuck ( by December 1, 2023. Interviews of a select pool of applicants are expected to take place in December 2023. In addition, assistantship selection is dependent upon acceptance to the UVM Graduate College, and all associated application materials must be submitted to UVM by February 1, 2024.

PhD Assistantship in Disease Dynamics at University of Vermont

Project: The Wildlife Ecology Research Lab at The University of Vermont (UVM) and the Applied Population Ecology Lab and Bletz Lab at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) are each seeking one Ph.D. student to address questions related to temperature-sensitive disease dynamics in an amphibian-pathogen system.

The students will join a team of researchers from UVM, PSU, UMass – Amherst, and the US Geological Survey to address research questions related to how temperature influences host behavior, host immune function, and pathogen growth. The positions are available beginning in late August 2024 and include four years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance). The UVM position will be supervised by Dr. Brittany Mosher, and the PSU position will be supervised by Drs. Molly Bletz and David Miller.

The students will be funded as part of a recent award from the National Science Foundation’s Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program. Our project focuses on using a combination of field studies, laboratory studies, and models to understand how temperature interacts with pathogen growth, host immune function, and host behavior to result in temperature-sensitive disease dynamics. The findings from these project components will come together to parameterize models that predict the timing and magnitude of seasonal infection outbreaks.

The position at PSU will focus on how host immune function varies with temperature to influence infection dynamics, with additional work based on the student’s interests.

The position at UVM will focus on how host behavior varies with temperature to influence infection dynamics, with additional work based on the student’s interests.

Both positions will include a combination of laboratory and field research.

Additional position lising information here:

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree (MS preferred) in ecology, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a closely related field. The qualifications listed below capture the breadth of skills that would help applicants succeed in these positions, however, we do not expect individual applicants to possess all of these skills.
-        Interest in wildlife disease ecology and/or amphibian ecology
-        Experience or interest in communicating and collaborating with a team of scientists
-        A strong work ethic and commitment to achieving goals
-        Comfort with both independent and collaborative work
-        Interest and/or ability in scientific writing
-        Experience working in the field and/or leading a field crew
-        Interest or experience in data analysis

Application: We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in science to apply for this position. GRE scores are not required. Interested applicants should submit their initial applications using the Google Form listed here: On the form, you will be asked to answer three short questions (each 150 words or less) and to submit 1) a cover letter expressing your interest, experience, and qualifications and 2) a CV with contact information for three references. Applications for the Vermont position should be received by December 15, 2023.

Contact: Dr. Brittany Mosher (

MS Assistantship in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology

Project: The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking a master’s-level graduate student to participate in a research project focused on the ecological characteristics, dynamics, and restoration of fire-dependent ecosystems on the Green Mountain National Forest. The student will join a team of collaborators from the University of Vermont, U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Protection program, and Green Mountain National Forest in quantifying the historical and contemporary distribution and dynamics of fire-dependent ecosystems on the Green Mountain National Forest. This includes informing best adaptation practices to ensure maintenance of these threatened forest communities into the future. The position is available for Summer 2024 and includes two guaranteed years of funding (stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance).

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in forestry, biology, natural resources, environmental sciences or a closely related field.  Applicants should be able to work independently, but also cooperatively with project partners and other researchers in the lab and on the larger project. Applicants should also have a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, plant identification skills, and a record of leadership.

Application: Interested applicants should supply all application materials to the UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) Program (MS in Natural Resources) by February 1, 2024 – when applying, please state your interest in this position in the "Statement of Purpose." (

Dr. Anthony D’Amato (, 802-656-8030)

Gund Institute PhD Fellowships

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont supports outstanding PhD applicants interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on major global environmental challenges. With Gund PhD Fellowships, students receive attractive funding packages, world-class faculty mentors, real-world experience collaborating with leaders in government and business – and a deep understanding of complex global sustainability issues.

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Quantitative and Evolutionary/Ecological STEM Training (QuEST) Program for Doctoral Students

Program Overview: QuEST is a training program, supported by the National Science Foundation that integrates with existing PhD programs across the UVM campus in biology, plant biology, plant and soil sciences, mathematics, computer science, engineering, natural resources, and cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences. The traineeship provides core courses, a variety of quantitative electives, an applied internship with a non-academic organization, and extensive professional development training in computation, communication, and cultural awareness and inclusion. 

Contact: April Berteau,, 802-656-2251 

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Rubenstein School Teaching Assistantships

Responsibilities: The Rubenstein School has many teaching assistantships available each academic year starting in September. Graduate teaching assistants lead field and indoor laboratories, facilitate discussion sessions among small groups of undergraduates, assist with evaluation and grading, and run workshops and help sessions. Typical assignments are for ten hours a week.

Qualifications: Teaching Assistantship assignments are competitive and based on undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, and requests from student advisors.