Student Opportunities

The Mountain Environments Research Institute currently offers Extended Education courses and study abroad opportunities through Western Washington University. Students can take courses in a variety of disciplines that provide opportunities to gain experience working in mountain environments through outdoor leadership development, climbing and mountaineering, field-based science, and international and local community development. 

Courses offered Spring 2017:

  • Introduction to Mountain Research: This course provides students with a general introduction to mountain research. Topics include expedition planning, mountain safety, research project planning and logistics, and the course provides experience with numerous field data collection techniques.


  • Mountain Permaculture Science: Permaculture is a landscape planning process that aims to maximize long-term sustainable production and ecosystem health at small scales. This class will approach permaculture from a science standpoint and focus on the application of principles derived from restoration ecology, integrated pest management, and watershed studies. The class will examine ecological principles in the context of potential toxicological threats, local climate variability, (re)building soils, and future environmental change. The principles learned in this course are applicable both locally and internationally.



Study Abroad with MERI in Peru this Summer 2017!



Wilderness Ranger Forest Service Internship

2017 MBRD Wilderness Ranger Internship Announcement.pdf

2017 MBRD Wilderness Ranger Internship Application.docx

The Washington Natural Heritage Program Botany Job Opportunity