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Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship

Glacier National Park Conservancy
Job Field:
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Columbia Falls, Montana
Job Description:

The Fellowship was originally established in memoriam of Jerry O’Neal, a scientist, poet, and writer. He had a deep love of nature and was an outspoken proponent for the need to have sound science to support resource management decisions. Jerry began his nearly 30 years of public service as an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and was the regional toxicologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Atlanta. He joined the National Park Service in 1998 as chief of science and resources management at Mammoth Cave National Park and later served as chief of the resource management program for 64 parks in the Southeast. He served as Glacier National Park’s deputy superintendent from 2002-2004 where he was actively engaged in a range of environmental management projects and was a key park official during the wildfires of 2003.


Graduate students (a student who has been accepted into, but not yet started their grad program may apply only if a support letter from a faculty advisor is provided stating that the student has been accepted into a graduate program under their supervision) or superior upper division undergraduate students (3.5 GPA or above) in fields applicable to understanding and management of Glacier National Park. The fellowship is available to students at universities in the CESU Network

Jerry O'Neal Research Fellowship. Applicants may
request up to $7,500 to support student research projects.
How to Apply:

• 2-page resume (with current contact information; name of principal investigator/faculty advisor, program, and institution)

• Copies of all college transcripts

• Project proposal (15 pp. maximum) including statement of need; objectives; study area; methods and relevant literature summary; proposed timeline; relevance to resource conservation in one of the three eligible parks; and anticipated research and educational product(s) (e.g., thesis, publication(s), report to park, presentation to park managers, CD, public lecture)

• Project budget including salary; equipment; supplies; travel; laboratory analyses; and any other budget categories. Include written justification for each budget item and state any other funding sources or matching funds available, if any

• List of cited references

• Additional support requested from park (s), if any (e.g., housing and dates needed, transportation, assistance with equipment or park access)

• Statement(s) of support (email messages ok) from appropriate park personnel addressing the relevance of the research to park management

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