Career Opportunities with ESS

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability in the Warner College of Natural Resources is committed to inclusion in our instruction, research, service, and outreach. Warner College and ESS members hold themselves accountable for fostering a college community rooted in inclusive mindedness.  Warner and ESS students, faculty, and staff uphold and embrace CSU’s principles of community: respect, inclusion, integrity, social justice and service.  Everyone is welcomed. The Warner and ESS communities recognize the disparities that exist within the field of natural resources and therefore call on individuals whose passions and work align with our college’s effort to make change. Warner College and ESS supports an environment where identities, cultures, experiences, and ideas are recognized, valued, and appreciated.

Graduate Student Opportunities in ESS


Dr. Andrea Baudoin Farah, Assistant Professor in CSU’s Dept of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, is seeking a PhD student for Spring 2024 admission to focus on a research project centered on indigenous urban realities and rural-urban dynamics in the Llanos de Moxos (Beni, Bolivia).

Click here for full recruitment and project details.

Graduate student assistantship(s) in post-fire ecology-geomorphology-hydrology

Seeking 1-2 graduate students (PhD or MS) students to join an NSF funded project exploring how post-fire changes in vegetation, snow, streamflow, and erosion vary across elevation gradients in northern Colorado. Each student will conduct interdisciplinary research combining at least two of the core topics (vegetation recovery, snow changes, streamflow responses, erosion dynamics).

Desired qualifications may include (not all are required): MS degree and/or work experience in a related discipline, experience with field research, strong programming skills (R, python, GEE), prior research using remote sensing and/or other geospatial data, experience piloting drones.

Students can choose to enter the PhD or MS programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering (primary advisor Peter Nelson,, Geosciences (primary advisor Dan McGrath,, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (primary advisor Tony Vorster,, or Watershed Science (primary advisor Stephanie Kampf,

Position(s) will begin January-May 2024 and include stipend + tuition.

Application review will begin October 15, 2023. Applicants please submit as one single pdf to

  • Cover letter describing research experience and interests. Please indicate which of the core topics you would most like to explore and why.
  • CV
  • Any other relevant information you wish to include such as prior publications

Applicants selected as finalists can apply to their chosen degree program after this initial screening process.