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Department of Geosciences - Jobs, Internships, & Career Opportunities

FHSU Opportunities  Scholarships  |  Volunteer & Travel  |  Internships  |  Careers   |  Resources & Clearinghouses 

The opportunities posted below have been forwarded to the department to encourage application and or participation. Please read the materials closely to ensure that you meet the requirements and deadline for application.

Please note: Listings will remain past the deadlines to allow you to view past as well as current opportunities. Additional opportunities are posted in the Geosciences Student Lounge, Tomanek Hall 227.

FHSU Opportunities

  • Student Conference & Research Supply Grants - Grants up to $250 will be awarded to support travel to US conferences. Grants up to $250 will also be awarded to cover research supply expense. Periodic deadlines, check website for current deadline. 
  • VIP Student Ambassadors - Application Deadline February 26th - VIP Ambassadors serve as student representatives at official FHSU events of their choice throughout the year. Provides opportunities for networking and polishing communication skills. Applicants must be full time undergraduate students. 
  • Orientation Leaders - Orientation Leaders work with new students (both on-campus freshmen and transfers) in registering for fall classes and in their transition to FHSU. Applications for 2016 are due by January 29th and can be completed on TigerLink.
  • Department of Geosciences student positions are available periodically. Visit the FHSU Student Employment Website for more information and to apply.
  • FHSU Department of Geosciences - The Department of Geosciences has scholarships available for both incoming freshmen and continuing students. To apply for these scholarships, and others complete the FHSU online Scholarship Application.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

Volunteer and Travel Opportunities

  •  Broadreach College, USA - Since 1993, college students have been challenged to embrace the thrill of real-world learning. Emerge from Broadreach College with much more than just transfer credits and great memories. Our accredited courses trade the campus setting for another. We take education to every corner of the planet: small villages, field research stations, into the ocean or under a jungle canopy. It's study abroad done in an entirely new way. Broadreach focuses on Marine Science, Animal Science, Ecology, Medicine, International Development, Photography & Journalism, Language & Culture, and Leadership & Outdoor Skills. Go beyond the classroom at Broadreach College, we provide comprehensive educational courses by striking a balance between formal academic instruction, field-based study, skill-building, and learning through services. Please contact Fort Hays to make sure credits from Broadreach College will transfer. 
  • Go Eco, USA - This holiday season why not give back with a great travel volunteering experience. Provide needed medical assistance or care for orphans in Zimbabwe, teach disadvantaged youths to surf in Cape Town, give back to communities and orphanages in Sri Lanka, or cage dive with Great White sharks in South Africa. Discover the world from a new perspective in a challenging and inspiring environment.
  •  South Africa: Johannesburg Wildlife Sanctuary - Live among Africa's spectacular wildlife while volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary.  A refuge for at-risk or injured animals, the sanctuary allows volunteers to work alongside staff, caring for and consistently improving the quality of life for the animals.  Volunteers can choose to either focus on a particular species or work on one of the many construction programs.  These include creating firebreaks, a vulture kitchen, enclosure construction, and other conservation initiatives that may be in place.
  • Mexico:Diving for Marine Conservation - Discover the unique biodiversity of Pez Maya in this fantastic volunteer placement.  Not only will volunteers come out as certified PADI divers but you will also gain a hands-on, practical field experience in environmental conservation.  The project works to get volunteers out on as many dives as possible and though days on the research boat can be long, there is plenty of spare time for fun dives and exploring!  There is also a component of community outreach and education, making this an extremely dynamic placement.
  • South Africa: Great White Shark Conservation - Travel to South Africa and volunteer in the Great White Shark capitol of the world.  Cage dive with Great Whites and collect data on many marine species for marine biology research.  Participants gain the maximum from their time by working closely with biologists in a relatively small area of the sea.  The two cornerstones of the project are marine conservation/research aboard a new research vessel and cage diving with sharks aboard a state-of-the-art boat operating every day, weather permitting.
  • Thailand: Akha Hilltribe Aid and Experience - Volunteer in Thailand assisting with the education and development of the Akha hill tribes.  Experience unique new cultures and traditions while providing much needed aid to the local communities.  During the project, you will work with organizations that support the Akha minority.  The work is very diverse from construction to teaching to working with the villagers, it will all depend upon the needs of the community at the time and on your preferences!  During your stay you will also visit local markets and help to sustain local initiatives.
  • Spain: Eco-friendly Hospitality Internship in Barcelona - Join the GoEco Internship Program in Barcelona, Spain, one of Europe's cultural capitols.  Volunteer at the famous HelloBCN hostel and develop eco-tourism initiatives and live within walking distance of many historical and cultural sites.  interns will be involved in several activities such as chaperoning groups of tourists on informal walks both within the city center and to Montserrat, a very important sight in Catalan history.  Other duties include serving breakfast and serving in the bar at night, in addition to light cleaning.  Possible projects could include other ecological tourism initiatives, website translation, social marketing initiatives and group activities and tours.
  • GO ECO Organization - Search their website for dozens of volunteer positions all over the world. Search by region, like Africa or Central America, or search by category, like wildlife or education.  Details on participation fees, accommodation, length of stay, travel coverage and food costs, as well as details on the volunteer position, are on the website. Check it out for incredible opportunities!

Internships, Fellowships, & Conferences

  • The City of Hays - Ellis County and Hays has openings for internships this year. These positions are temporary, limited to 120 working hours per position. The work hours are flexible to accommodate student coursework and secondary jobs. Typical responsibilities would include data acquisition from agencies who operate in Ellis County, digitization, simple spatial analysis, document scanning, document hyperlinking, and large-format printing. For more details contact Eamonn Coveney at 785-628-7390.
  •  Kansas - Department of Agriculture - The Governor's Internship Program is designed to give students the opportunity to understand the inner workings of state government and contribute to improving the State of Kansas. Internships are offered in fall, spring, and summer sessions. 
  •  Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century (REU) - Applications are sought from motivated undergraduate students studying science or engineering to take part in a ten-week research experience (May 26, 2015-July 31, 2015) at Kansas State University in the area of sustainable energy for participation in this National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Participating students will receive a stipend in the amount of $5000 for the ten-week period and  $2500 for food and lodging expenses.
  •  NASA DEVELOP program - is accepting applications for their 2015 summer program. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. Applications for the summer internship are due February 27th 2015.
  •   Killam Fellowships Program- This is an opportunity for undergraduate students to spend either one semester or a full academic year studying at a university in Canada. The award carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes a health coverage allowance. Added benefits include two enrichment seminars held in Ottawa, ON and Washington, DC. There is also an opportunity for the Cultural Awareness Program which provides funding to travel within Canada for an additional cultural experience. The deadline for the application is February 2nd, 2015.
  •  The U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF) is looking for students to develop research skills with the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. Application is usually due in December of each year. 
  •  Multiple Summer 2015 Opportunities offered - Permafrost Summer Field School, and two positions in Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science. If interested in the Permafrost Summer Field School please visit:
  •  Research Internship in Climate and Weather - SOARS Program. SOARS is a summer research internship for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO). The program provides summer research, strong mentoring and community support. To apply, please visit:
  •   The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is offering two summer research internship programs. To apply please  visit:
  •  Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) Internship Program - RESESS is an 11-week paid internship program based in Boulder, Colorado, in which interns do summer research on a project of interest to them with a scientist at UNAVCO, the University of Colorado, the U.S. Geological Survey, or from other scientific institutions in the Boulder/Foothills area. To apply please go to:
  •  National Science Foundation - The National Science Foundation supports many research opportunities for undergraduates. To search for one in your field of interest, please go to : Research Internship in Seismology and Geophysics - IRIS Undergraduate Internship Program. To apply or get more info:
  •    NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs undergraduates and NASA-funded researchers for 8 weeks during the summer, and is accepting applications for the summer of 2016. Applications are due on January 29, 2016 and require: The online application (see , 2 letters of recommendation, and official transcripts. Please see the website: ( for more details, and please email us ( with any questions.
  •   National Research Council's Research Associateship Programs - To find out more about the 27 participating agencies, visit the following website:  
  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowships - The Smithsonian Institution is encouraging access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources for students.  The Institution is offering in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff.  Proposals should fall under at least one of the four grand challenges: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe; Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet; Valuing World Cultures; and/or Understand the American Experience. For more details about the challenges, please visit:
  • NASA History Program Internship - Currently, this is an unpaid internship. However, students are encouraged to apply for stipends or other funding through the national network of state space grant consortia, their home educational institution, or other corporate/nonprofit sources.  To apply, please send resume, writing sample, and name and contact information of at least 2 personal references to Dr. Bill Barry, Include a cover letter indicating when you would like to start and finish your internship, what days of the week and hours you are available to work, and when you are available for a telephone interview. Also, please indicate whether you expect to receive funding from your state Space Grant Consortium or another source. Deadlines are Fall: June 1, Spring: October 1, Summer: February 1.
  • California Institute of Technology's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students will collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project, applicants will write research proposals for their projects, a faculty committee will review the proposals and recommend awards, and students will carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer from mid-June to late-August. In conclusion, students will submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day.
  • NRC Research Associateship Programs - The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Applicants should contact prospective advisors at the labs prior to application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities. There are 4 annual review cycles for these programs: Dec 1-Feb 1, March 1-May 1, June 1-Aug 1, and Sept 1-Nov 1.
  • Jefferson Science Fellowship -  This fellowship is open to tenured or similarly ranked faculty from US institutions of higher learning who are US citizens.  The application periods opens in the fall and closes in mid-January. Selected fellows spend one year on assignment at the US Dept of State or USAID as science advisors on foreign policy issues.  Assignments are tailored to the needs of the hosting office, while taking into account the fellow's interests and areas of expertise. Fellows will also have the opportunity to travel to US embassies and missions overseas.  At the conclusion of the fellowship year, upon returning to their home institution, fellows continue to serve as a resource to the State Dept. and USAID for an additional 5 years. 
  • John Simon Guggenheim Museum Foundation Fellowships - These fellowships are for advanced professionals in all fields (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, creative arts) except the performing arts.  Fellowships are granted to selected individuals for 6-12 months.  Grants are made freely: no special conditions attach to them, and fellows may spend grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work. Around 220 fellowships are awarded each year. Deadline has passed. Please check back at a later date.
  • Fulbright Scholar Program - Any US citizen, with a PhD or equivalent degree and university/college level teaching experience is eligible to apply. 
  • GoEco International Volunteer Opportunities - GoEco offers many affordable volunteer opportunities around the world in fields such as conservation, ecology, education, healthcare, geography, and natural science.
  • AAPG/SEG Student Expo - Fall Expo will be September 8-9 in Houston, TX. The expo are a good way to network with potential employers, and interviews will be held with energy-related companies in a lively, energetic, and hospitable atmosphere.  Students are encouraged to enter the scientific poster contest.  Money prizes will be given! 
  • Conservation Internship Program - Sponsored by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.  Students interested in a career in conservation, environmental justice, or another related field are encouraged to apply.  Internships last 12 weeks and will begin in May or early June.
  • NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate  - The ESMD Space Grant Project offers internships that are available to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  Stipend amount and length of internship are decided by your local Space Grant Consortium.
  • Goddard Space Flight Center - The center has many internship and fellowship opportunities available.
  • NASA Education Associates Program - The NASA EAP offers students, post-docs and faculty the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers on NASA projects. The NASA EAP is a unique workforce development program that provides hands-on experience for participants in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math and other academic disciplines. The NASA EAP is a year-round program and has a variety of time frames available.
  • NRC Research Associateship Program  - Provides opportunities for Graduate, PhD, ScD, or MD scientists and engineers to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the laboratory. Prospective applicants must initiate contact with Advisers at the lab(s) before application deadline (May 1).  Call NRC at (202)334-2760 or email for more information.
  • Johnson Space Center - The center has many internship and fellowship opportunities available.
  • Glenn Research Center - They have many higher education programs available that can lead to foregoing opportunities.
  • Ames Research Center - The center has many internship and fellowship opportunities available.
  • NASA Undergraduate Student Researcher's Program - This program is an undergraduate internship program for science, engineer, and mathematics majors.
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Astrobiology at the SETI Institute - This program allows you to work with scientists at the SETI Institute, as well as with the NASA Ames Research Center on projects in the field of astrobiology, from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy. The program lasts from June to August every year. Current sophomore or junior undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is in February.
  • Global Vision International Research Expeditions - Gain valuable fieldwork experience as an active member of a Global Vision International research expedition Interns participate in a combination of Geographical, flora and fauna, mountain and forest research projects in a selection of scientific programmes worldwide. There is also a free Careers Abroad fieldwork placement and job vacancy service for all interns once they have participated with GVI. To request further details including a detailed briefing, contact GVI directly on 1 888 653 6028 or e-mail:
  • Smithsonian Fellowships & Internships - The Smithsonian Institute offers several fellowships and internships annually to students.
  • SCA Expense-Paid Internships - Continually offer new opportunities.
  • National Museum of Natural History - A number of opportunities are available at the National Museum of Natural History, including opportunities that take place over winter and spring breaks. Internships are available in paleontology, biology, museum studies, geo-referencing, cartography, technical writing/editing, media/PR, educational outreach and information management. 
  • National Geographic Geography Internship - The National Geographic Geography Intern Program interns may be assigned to work in one of many divisions within the National Geographic Society performing assignments requiring some degree of research, writing, working in teams, self-direction, and being able to manage many tasks at once. Applications are due April 8, 2016.
  • Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth Inc. Internship Program - Students complete a nine-week summer internship program. Various paid internship positions can be viewed at A cover letter, resume, and application are due on March 31, 2016.
  • South Central Climate Science Center Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities - Internship for underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Interns are involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that will allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change. Registration is currently closed for this program.
  • American Geosciences Institute - Various internship and fellowship opportunities are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program - The US DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related disciplines. This is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines.
  • City of Hays I.T. Division Internship Position - Intern will gain valuable experience and demonstrate skills in: GIS software, GIS/GPS hardware, and data management. This is a paid internship. Submit a resume, including references and work history to: GIS Specialist, City of Hays, 1507 Main Street, Hays KS, 67601 -or- Email: -or- Fax: (785) 628-2005.
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers hires seasonal park rangers. Valuable career experience can be gained in: visitor assistance, water safety education, regulation enforcement through land and water patrols, natural resource management work, recreational area management, interpretation programs, recreational fee collection, water quality sampling, general maintenance, invasive species control, trail development/maintenance, prescribed burning, along with many other duties. Work begins April 2016 and runs through mid-September 2016. Contact Zach Hlad, Natural Resource Specialist, at 816-389-3036 or
  • Association for Women Geoscientists - Various opportunities for students are listed on the AWG website. Undergraduate internships and fellowships as well as graduate fellowships are included.
  • AGI Workforce Program - AGI’s Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff for 12 weeks beginning on or after September 12th. This internship is intended for students pursuing a master’s degree or students that recently graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree with experience in data collection, statistical analysis, human subjects research, and/or database management.  Strong communication and teamwork skills are required. The internship includes a $5,000 stipend. The intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement as the position is located at the offices for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA. Tasks will include selected research and analysis projects, data entry, quality control of new data, and database management for various projects run within the Workforce Program. 
    This internship will allow for thought and creativity related to statistical analyses and data presentation.  AGI’s Geoscience Student Exit Survey project has been collecting data from recent geoscience graduates in the U.S. for the past three years, and this year the survey was distributed to two other countries.  The intern will help with comparative analyses of the data between the three countries. To apply for this position, please send a resume with a cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position. Please also include names and contact information for two references via email to, with the subject heading “Fall Workforce Data Internship.” Application deadline is July 1, 2016. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. For more information, please contact Carolyn Wilson, Geoscience Workforce Data Analyst, at

Career Opportunities - Position Announcements  

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This free email listserv is directed towards FHSU alumni and graduating students who are currently seeking full-time employment. Periodically, the FHSU Department of Geosciences will post job listings and position opportunity announcements received from alumni, third party recruiters and companies, and career related announcements. While the listserv is directed at FHSU alumni and students, the general public is also welcome to subscribe to this list. The jobs, positions, and opportunities posted through the listserv are related to the varying career opportunities available in the field of Geosciences including Geology, Geography, GIS and related fields. 

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Highlighted or Special Opportunity Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

  • GoEco Opportunities: Include accommodations, full board, full pre-departure and in-country assistance, training, and support.
  • Tiger and Lion Park, South Africa - The Tiger and Lion project was founded to ensure the preservation of African wildlife. Since the 1970's the population of lions in Africa has decreased by 80-90 percent, due to poaching, reduction of natural habitats, and disease. The park not only aims to breed strong and healthy animals for possible re-release, but also acts as a platform for education and conservation awareness. Most work that is done by volunteers revolves around one-on-one care of tiger and lion cubs and includes feeding, walking, and cleaning the cubs, as well as assistance with research and rehabilitation programs. 
  • Teaching and Community Developement, Cambodia - With 75% of the general population living on less than 2USD per day, local NGO's, in conjunction with the provincial education department, are working toward increasing the standard of education throughout Cambodia. Volunteers are a vital part of the program. This is a great opportunity to really immerse yourself in the culture, get to know the locals, and also have a lasting contribution to the level of education in the community. Duties can range anywhere from informal teaching, environmental awareness activities, and general maintenance and construction.
  • Permaculture and Sustainable Agriculture, Israel - The eco-farm was created around the principles of sustainable living and embracing all that nature provides for us. Volunteers will focus on four main portals of sustainable living: utilizing sustainable energy resources and recycling, sustainable gardening and agriculture methods without the use of pesticides, creating a cooperative community in which everyone pitches in, and creating public awareness through tours, workshops, seminars, and lectures. This is a unique chance to gain insight into just how powerful and resourceful our Earth can be. 


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