Graduate Assistantship in Environmental Education/Interpretation

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Jobs - Full Time
Stevens Point, WI

Graduate Assistantship in Environmental Education/Interpretation at Schmeeckle Reserve

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources


The Schmeeckle Reserve Graduate Assistantship provides opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate students and gain experience managing a visitor center and supervising staff, while pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Environmental Education and Interpretation. The assistantship is a 20-hour per week position that runs from August 26, 2019 to May 15, 2021 and includes the summer of 2020.


The graduate assistantship has both academic and administrative duties. On the academic side, the position will assist course instructors to teach and mentor a 3-credit Oral Interpretation Methods course, a 4 credit Interpretive Media course, a 3-credit Environmental Interpretation Practicum, and a 12-credit Practicum in Environmental Education and Interpretation. On the administrative side, the graduate assistant will assist with the operation and management of Schmeeckle Reserve, which includes training and supervising student staff, organizing community events, developing plans for improving visitor services, and coordinating research projects.


Schmeeckle Reserve is a natural area with a public visitor center on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. For more information, visit



  • Undergraduate degree in natural sciences, environmental education, interpretation, natural resources management, parks and recreation, or a related field.
  • Minimum two years of practical experience in the environmental education/interpretation field, preferably at a recreational site such as a park, nature center, visitor center, museum, zoo, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to plan and work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
  • Must work at Schmeeckle Reserve during the summer of 2020 (requirement of the assistantship).
  • Must meet all minimum graduate student requirements of UWSP and the College of Natural Resources.
  • Skills preferred but not required include: supervisory experience, graphic design (using Adobe software), website design and maintenance, financial planning/budgeting.



Graduate assistants are paid approximately $13,124 for 12 months. Individuals may be eligible for health insurance (with required student paid premiums) and an out-of-state tuition waiver (in 2018-19, tuition and fees for Wisconsin graduates was $4,629 a semester compared with $9,332 for out-of-state.

Minnesota residents pay the reciprocity tuition rate.)

The assistant is provided with office space in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, which includes a PC computer, high-speed Internet, Adobe design software, and phone.

To Apply:

• By February 8, 2019, send a cover letter indicating your interest in this position (highlight specific skills and abilities that you believe would be beneficial to the assistantship) and a current resume to:


Dr. Brenda Lackey

800 Reserve Street

College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point

Stevens Point, WI 54481


• By February 17, complete the College of Natural Resources graduate application process at:


• By March 1 complete the UWSP graduate application process at:


For More Information:

If you have questions about this graduate assistantship or the application procedures, please contact Dr. Brenda Lackey, Professor of Environmental Education and Interpretation, at or Jim Buchholz, Director of Schmeeckle Reserve, at