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 Winter 2019:

  • ESCI 328 Introduction to Ecosystem Management - CORE

Courses offered Summer 2019:

  • ESCI 498D Mountain Research and Ecology in the Peruvian Andes - CORE


Other Student Opportunities

MERI faculty, students, as well as volunteers and other students from around the globe are participating in the 2019 Everest Environments Expedition: Changing Climate, Changing Lives. Follow their blog about the Mt. Everest Expedition.

The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in Missoula, Montana is hiring two research scientist positions. One position is a Research Ecologist and/or Biological Scientist and will focus on landscape ecology. The second position of a Research Ecologist, Biology, Geographer, Social Scientist, or Biological Scientist will focus more on recreation. Both positions range from GS-12 to GS-14, depending on qualifications. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please send Susan Fox ( your contact information, which position you are interested in, a brief statement of why you would be a quality candidate, and a resume no later than June 1, 2019.

The Mountain Studies Institute is hiring three full-time positions. Positions include an Assistant Director, Development and Engagement Director, and Forest Program Associate/Partnership Coordinator. 

Friends of Mount Adams is calling for research grant proposals. Their board invites students to submit a proposal for a research grant ($500-$2,500) who are conducting scientific and social science research on Mt. Adams. If interested, send a 1-2 page outline of your proposed research and timeline to Jocelyn Akins at More information can be found on the Friends of Mount Adams webpage and by contacting‚Äč

Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to conservation and stewardship of public lands in Southern Colorado, is hiring for a Field Instructor, High Alpine Field Instructor, and a Generation Wild Internship. More information about opportunities for employment, internships, courses, and volunteering opportunities can be found on their webpage.