Graduate Student Summer Assistant, Wyoming Field Studies Program

Rock Springs, Wyoming 

Organization:  Wyoming Field Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, Honors College

Type of opportunity: Full-time, seasonal

Contact: Ed McCord, Course Director,, (412) 624-6886


  • Drive class students to and from field activities, including overnight camping trips, in 12-passenger vans or other vehicles
  • Help with meal planning, grocery shopping, and preparation of food in the field
  • Provide content and logistical support to course instructors, including but not limited to grading exercises, assisting with field activities, and moving supplies between locations
  • Contribute to course through community-building activities, facilitating discussion, exerting leadership in field activities, and perhaps giving mini-lectures in subjects of particular talent
  • Protect healthy and productive community among class with strong and mature social skills

Desired qualifications:

  • Age 25 or older, with a valid driver’s license
  • Must have acceptable driving record
  • Preferred: studies in geology, ecology, environmental studies or kindred disciplines
  • Disposed to be hard working, cheerful around mud and mosquitoes, and always ready for changing tires, stepping and fetching, just as the faculty must be
  • Works well in group settings, and interested in promoting group dynamics
  • Flexible hours (overnight camping trips are important to the class; there will also be long days that might begin before 7:30am and end in the early evening)
  • Ideal candidate has outdoors experience including hiking and camping

Start and end dates: June 15 – August 9, 2016 (approx.)

Salary/pay: $2000 plus meals and costs of participating in all class activities, including a 6-day camping and hiking trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons.

Link to more information: View the course brochure and job announcement.