Graduate Assistantships and AmeriCorps Positions

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Environmental Studies

Teaching Assistantships provide field teaching opportunities and course work leading to a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or Environmental Health. Assistantships are for one academic year (from September 1st to June 30th) and may be renewed for a second year at the discretion of the Environmental Education Graduate Advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School. Duties include teaching small groups of students (primarily elementary and middle grades) and their teachers environment-related courses in four curriculum areas: environmental sciences, social sciences, humanities, and outdoor pursuits. Evening and weekend assignments may also be required.

Teaching Assistants work closely with faculty of the NJSOC to develop the teaching techniques needed to foster the development of an environmentally responsible ethic and ecological literacy. Assistantships include a tuition and fee waiver for courses required for graduation, room and board at the NJSOC, and a monthly stipend of $500.

Applicants must have earned a Bachelor's degree in an education- or science-related discipline from an accredited institution, and must have achieved a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0. Graduate Record Exam scores must be available before an applicant may be fully considered for admittance to the Graduate School and for an Assistantship. Graduate admissions information may be obtained by visiting Montclair State University's Graduate School website. Apply for the Graduate school online.

AmeriCorps Positions Available:

Environment Education & Community Outreach Initiative at NJSOC

Are you passionate about environmental issues? Would you like to make a difference? The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is looking for 4 individuals to take part in ourEnvironment, Education, and Community Outreach – EECO – initiativeduring the 2014-15 academic year. We seek enthusiastic, creative and highly committed individuals, who have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong interest in environmental education and conservation.

The EECO project at NJSOC is a residential program. You will live in Stokes State Forest of Northern New Jersey and serve with the staff of the New Jersey School of Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Parks and Forests. Members selected to serve will reside on the School’s campus and receive free room and board as part of their stipend. EECO members will be engaged in the following activities:

  • Teaching (after training) many of the over 30 individual environmental learning experiences that are offered at NJSOC in the natural sciences, outdoor pursuits, humanities, and social sciences (e.g. Forest Ecology, Team Building, Conservation Photography, Pioneer Life etc.) to K-12 students, community members, and college students.
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate environmental conservation service projects for k-12 service-learning students, faith-based and civic organizations, and college service-organizations. Projects may include: invasive species abatement, lake clean up, trail building, etc.
  • Develop, maintain, and restore NJSOC infrastructure and habitat necessary and related to the educational and environmental mission of the School. Members will serve with School Staff, Stokes State Forest Rangers, and other New Jersey Parks and Forestry personnel on infrastructure maintenance, invasive species abatement, lake clean-up, trail building and maintenance, forest fire prevention, and riparian and wildlife habitat restoration.

NJSOC Training Includes:

  • Multi-day orientation and ongoing training opportunities
  • Personal and professional development
  • In depth learning associated with environmental education and service
  • Exposure to social issues related to conservation and the environment
  • Develop presentation skills in on-site and school-based education sessions

Position requirements:

  • Ability to serve in the outdoors, independently and year-round
  • Valid drivers license
  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Must pass a background check


  • Funding is through the AmeriCorps State/National program.
  • Each individual receives an annual living allowance of approximately $12,100 for full-time service (1700 hour term, 35- 40 hours per week across a twelve month term starting in September. Room and board would be provided onsite at NJSOC.
  • Each member receives an educational award of approximately $5,550 for a completed year of service (1700 hours).
  • Positions begin September 2014.
  • Attending school on off-hours permitted.
  • EECO is an AmeriCorps project. AmeriCorps is a state and national service initiative that provides opportunities for participants to engage in community service in return for stipend and scholarship funds. Each year over 100,000 American citizens serve their communities and country through participation in AmeriCorps programs located throughout the U.S.
  • Established in 1949, the NJSOC, located a little over one hour from New York City is the oldest university operated environmental field center in the USA. Our mission is to convey knowledge of how Earth systems operate and how human actions affect these systems. Our goal is to educate and cultivate environmentally responsible behaviors that lead to the resolution of current environmental problems.