City of Laramie Climate Action and Sustainability Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Job Title: City of Laramie Climate Action and Sustainability Graduate Research Assistantship

Organization: MS in Environment, Natural Resources, & Society (ENRS), Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

Location: Laramie, WY

Position Overview: The City of Laramie and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources are jointly recruiting a masters-level graduate assistant to serve in the City’s inaugural sustainability and climate action planning position. The main goal of this position is to develop and present a municipal emissions reduction plan to City Council. Other activities include but are not limited to: complete the annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecasting, interface with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), complete MT 2030 deliverables, support the Laramie joint city-county-community-university climate action taskforce, liaise with the Alliance for Renewable energy, support the Environmental Advisory Committee, and engage in other internal and public outreach related to emissions reduction and sustainability.

The student will work under the supervision and guidance of Darren Parkin, the City of Laramie Natural Resources Administrator. Dr. Rachael Budowle will provide analogous mentorship and serve as the student’s graduate advisor. The student’s graduate research should relate to the position’s activities or similar climate action and sustainability topics and ideally result in a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or other relevant outlets.

The selected candidate will pursue their MS in Environment, Natural Resources & Society within the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. The position will average 19 hours/week over 12 months and includes stipend and student health insurance. It will also cover 9 credits of tuition and fees during both the fall and spring semesters (no summer tuition). A second year of funding is contingent upon availability.

Qualifications: Applicants with interest OR experience in interdisciplinary environmental studies and sustainability; community climate action planning; and qualitative research should apply. Applicants with a BA or BS in any field will receive consideration. Those with a background in social science, interdisciplinary, and sustainability/environmental studies fields are preferred.

Candidates for this position should possess outstanding written and oral communication and project management skills. Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work both independently with guidance and support from mentors and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. Preferably, candidates will have experience with social science and qualitative/ethnographic methods.

Salary/Pay: $16,440 stipend; health insurance ($2,482) + tuition and fees ($6,859) | Total Package: $25,781

Start Date: August 22 

Application Deadline: March 4, at 5 p.m. MST.

How to Apply: Please send the following materials as one PDF document with the subject and filename Your Name_Laramie Climate ENRS GA Position” to Dr. Rachael Budowle at

  1. Cover letter/narrative explaining your desire to pursue graduate education, research interests, career goals, and relevant experience for this position (can be adapted from the ENRS application statement of purpose);
  2. CV/resume including degree(s) earned, GPA, and contact information for at least three references;
  3. Unofficial transcripts; and
  4. A relevant professional, scholarly/academic, or creative writing or work sample (if available).