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Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

The following is a list of graduate school opportunities within the College of Natural Resources. This list is not reflective of all graduate school opportunities within the CNR.

Central Wisconsin Environmental Station Graduate Assistantship

The Central Wisconsin Environmental Station (CWES) is a 200-acre teaching and learning center located 17 miles east of Stevens Point on glacial Sunset Lake. Since 1975, we have been an integral part of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point College of Natural Resources program and is staffed with professional natural resource and environmental educators. Each year we review applications for a two-year commitment including two summers and two academic years.  In the summer, graduate students lead our summer camp programming, while in the academic year graduate students teach and mentor undergraduate students at a field station hosting visiting schools and an on-site nature-based public school. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of 1) an Environmental Education and Interpretation faculty member, 2) Tom Quinn, Director of CWES, and 3) Sam DeRoche, Program Manager of CWES. The graduate assistant will complete a master's thesis research project; the research focus is negotiable. More information can be found here:


Research Graduate Assistantship in Forestry

A research project and assistantship are available in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point for a student interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Forestry.

Project Description, Responsibilities, and Requirements

  • The graduate assistant will contribute to all stages of a research project surveying the collective forest industry to assess professional development needs and applied research opportunities. Responsibilities include questionnaire/survey development, meeting with forest industry focus groups, data entry and analysis, and the preparation and presentation of reports and papers. Successful completion of the project will require strong communication skills, comfort speaking with forestry professionals with diverse backgrounds, the ability to organize and maintain a large data set, and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Students on a graduate assistantship must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, enroll in at least 4 credits (part-time graduate student status) during the academic year, and enroll for at least 1 credit during the summer.

Funding and Compensation

  • The research project is funded through a federal McIntire-Stennis (MS) grant through the fiscal year 2022-23. The graduate research assistantship is funded externally to the MS grant, with a two-year, half-time (20 hrs./week) appointment at $18,000 for 12 months, and a 50% or more (depending on funding availability) tuition payment. While on an assistantship, out-of-state residents pay Wisconsin tuition rates. Minnesota residents pay tuition costs determined by the Minnesota/Wisconsin reciprocity agreement: Health insurance benefits may be available based on university policy for graduate students.

  • Start Date: June 2022 with a Limited Term Employment appointment, Graduate Assistantship starting August 29, 2022.

Application Process

  • Contact Dr. Les Werner ( for more information and/or to express an interest in the assistantship. Applications will be reviewed as received. Position is open until filled. 
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