Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Job Title: Graduate Research Assistantship

Organization: University of Wyoming

Assistantship Description:

Dr. Corrine Noel Knapp is recruiting a MS student to join her climate adaptation group at the University of Wyoming. This student will work on a NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) Center grant with Western Water Assessment (WWA) partners. This network of RISA centers provides applied and relevant science to stakeholders to help them respond and adapt to a changing climate. While WWA has worked in the region for decades, they have made limited inroads in Wyoming. This position will conduct a needs assessment and literature review to lay the groundwork for applied and relevant climate science in the future.

The first component of this project will be to assess existing research efforts around climate change impacts and compound hazards in the state, including interviews with long-term researchers, and a thorough literature review to highlight the status of existing work in order to provide a baseline of state-wide efforts.

The second component of this project will be to conduct qualitative, semi-structured interviews with key individuals across the state to understand how Wyoming residents have experienced compound hazards, and how they would like to address them. Interviews will be conducted with rural conservation districts, extension agents, emergency management, and key partners and stakeholders on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Both project components will result in a peer reviewed paper.

Ideal candidates for this position will possess outstanding written and oral communication skills, have experience collaborating and/or working as part of a team, and have experience conducting social science field research. Candidates should have an interest in climate change adaptation and working with diverse stakeholder groups. Preferably candidates would have experience with social science methods and interview methodologies. Candidates should have a strong interest in social science research methods, show creative and flexible thinking, and be self-motivated and able to work independently with guidance and support from project collaborators.

The candidate selected will pursue their degree in Environment, Natural Resources & Society within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. The position is the equivalent of 20 hours/week and will cover 9 credits of tuition during the fall/spring (no summer tuition) and student health insurance.


Preference will be given to applicants with interest OR experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative problem solving; climate change adaptation and/or working in rural communities. Applicants will be considered who have a BA or BS in any field, with preference given to social science or interdisciplinary fields.

Salary/pay: $16,500/year + tuition + health insurance

How to apply:

Please send the following materials as one PDF document to Dr. Corrine Knapp at with the subject Your Name_WWA MS Position”. This packet should include:

(1) Cover letter/narrative that explains your desire to pursue graduate education, your research interests, career goals, and highlights relevant experience;

(2) Resume or CV including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references;

(3) Unofficial copy of transcripts; and

(4) An example manuscript or report you have written (if available).

Application deadline: July 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. MST