University of Missouri

Wind River Mountains

Jobs and Scholarships


Several scholarships in the range of $200 to $1000 each are available. Minimum grade point requirements for a scholarship are a 3.2 overall GPA AND a minimum 3.2 GPA in all geology courses completed. Applications should be made by letter to Miriam Barquero-Molina, field camp director (see address on the Contact page), and be accompanied by:

  1. official transcripts for all of your college coursework (multiple schools if necessary)
  2. a sealed letter of reference from one or more of your geology professors.

No statement of financial need is required. The amount of the award depends on the quality and number of qualified applicants in a given year.

Initial scholarship awards will be made on February 15th.  There is no deadline for scholarship applications; however funds may become limited after February 15th.


The National Association of Geology Teachers (NAGT) provides several $500 scholarships to students enrolled in qualified geology field courses. Information about these scholarships and a downloadable/printable application form are available at the NAGT website.  Updated information and forms (for 2010) are generally available by late October or early November. The deadline for submission of these applications is generally February 15th.

The completed NAGT forms must be submitted to NAGT and should not be returned to us.


Several jobs are also available at the field camp. They include positions as:

  • van drivers (~$550 and waiver of the round trip Columbia-Lander travel/lodging fee)
  • dishwashers/kitchen help (~$450, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours per evening)
  • sandwich makers (~$450, about 1 hour Mon-Sat morning at 5:15 AM and two hours from 7:00-9:00 AM on Sunday morning)

The number of jobs depends upon enrollment, but we may hire as many as 6 van drivers, 4 dishwashers and 2 sandwich makers.

The jobs as van drivers and camp helper require a departure from Columbia, MO and a return to Columbia.

If you are interested in applying for a job, please send us an e-mail (or letter) indicating your job preference along with your application. Job offers are generally made on a first-come first-serve basis until all jobs are filled, but potential drivers with experience driving 12 or 15-passenger vans are given preference.  Van drivers must attend a two hour van safety presentation from our Environmental Health and Safety staff on the afternoon of May 28th.


The University of Missouri does not provide State or Federal financial aid to non-MU students.  However, if you are eligible for such programs through your college or University, you may be able to apply your institution's financial aid toward our course through a Visiting Student Consortium Agreement.  For more information about this option, contact Caroles Taylor at the MU Financial Aid Office (573-882-7506 or ); students from Kansas, Illinois or Missouri may call toll free at 800-225-6075.


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