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Graduate Student Opportunities

The Shaver’s Creek Field Laboratory offers a number of Penn State graduate assistant (GA) positions, ranging in focus from adventure education to environmental interpretation. Graduate assistants provide vital support to Shaver’s Creek’s wide range of Penn State courses and community and school programming.

GAs work closely with a Shaver’s Creek program director to gain experience in, and contribute to, teaching, research, and outreach programming. Depending on the position, GAs may assist with our AURORA first-year student orientation programs, environmental interpretation courses, adventure and leadership courses, or the SEED Semester; or with Shaver’s Creek’s noncredit community programs like our school programs, plant science programs, Maple Harvest Festival, or the Enchanted Halloween Trail.

Most graduate assistantships with Shaver’s Creek are either quarter-time or half-time positions with a tuition waiver and stipend. The position start date is approximately one week prior to the start of fall semester and concludes one week after the end of spring semester.

For questions related to our graduate student program, please contact Lucy McClain (

Current openings:

Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Graduate Assistantship with Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2022 Semester (August 2022)
Application Deadline: We will begin reviewing initial application materials December 15, 2021.

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