Apply Now for 2024 Native American Research Assistantship

Selected applicants will work on a three-month research project with the U.S. Forest Service

The Wildlife Society, through our continued partnership with the USDA Forest Service, is excited to announce the availability of research assistantships for Native undergraduate or graduate students in the summer of 2024 as part of the Native American Research Assistantship (NARA) Program. Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 26, 2024. Visit the link above for additional information and instructions on how to apply.

Established in 2014, NARA provides training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields, promotes Native student advancement in the wildlife profession, and elevates Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) within federal research projects.

“As we enter the 10th year of this collaborative initiative, I reflect on the unifying strength of our mission and appreciate the opportunity for TWS to support and empower Native students along their professional journeys,” said TWS CEO Ed Arnett.

“We are proud of the achievements and contributions of past NARA participants and look forward to witnessing their continued growth and success within the wildlife profession and beyond. We are also grateful for the longstanding support of our partners at the U.S. Forest Service in helping to create and provide these unique opportunities to advance the next generation of wildlife leaders.”  

Applicants selected for NARA will engage with representatives from TWS, while learning from and working with an interdisciplinary team of USFS Research and Development on a three-month research project. This year, we are seeking Native students for four projects during the summer of 2024. Each assistantship will include a paid stipend of at least $6,500.

For detailed information on the available opportunities in 2024 and instruction on how to apply, please visit the Native American Research Assistantship (NARA) Program. The deadline for applications is Jan. 26, 2024.

For questions, please contact Tricia Fry.

The USDA Forest Service is a TWS Partner.

Header Image: A road through the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. In 2023, two NARA students participated in research projects at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Credit: U.S. Forest Service