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Graduate Assistantships and AmeriCorps Positions

Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Environmental Studies

Teaching Assistantships provide field teaching opportunities and coursework leading to a Master of Science degree in Biology. 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 Biology 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 occasionally required.

Teaching Assistants work closely with the 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 yearly stipend of $7,000.00.

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree in a science-related discipline from an accredited institution, and must have achieved a minimum GPA. 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 to the Graduate school online.

AmeriCorps Positions Available:

Education, Environment & Community Outreach Initiative at Montclair State University’s NJSOC 

Are you passionate about environmental issues? Would you like to make a difference? The New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) is looking for four individuals to take part in our Environment, Education, and Community Outreach – EECO – initiative during the 2019-20 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 faculty of the New Jersey School of Conservation and biologists with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. 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 several biologists from the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program.

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 driver’s 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 $17,432 for full-time service (1700-hour term, 35-40 hours per week across a twelve-month term starting in September). Room and board are provided onsite at NJSOC.
  • Each member receives an educational award of approximately $6,095 for a completed year of service (1700 hours).
  • Positions run September 1st to August 31st.
  • Attending school during off-hours is 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 a 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 U.S. 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.

For more information about either assistantship contact:

Dr. Randall FitzGerald
973-655-4646 ext 19