Chatham University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Chatham University

Graduate Assistantship

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report, and--as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of '29)--is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

Chatham's mission is: "to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably." Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community.

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA--one of the country's most livable cities and great college towns--Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world's most sustainable campuses.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

To help support the continued growth of the University, Gradate Assistantships (GA) are available that provide an excellent opportunity to "Earn as you Learn". All the GA positions combine a professional part-time position pay of up to $6,000.00 and 50% tuition discount. These are two year appointed positions. Positions are available in the following disciplines:

MFA in Creative Writing

Master of Science in Biology

Master of Sustainability

More information on these graduate degrees can be found at


  • Must hold a bachelor's degree
  • Experience working with a diverse student population
  • Must be enrolled in 9 credits per term for fall, spring and/or summer as a full-time student
  • Each program has different summer requirements and/or class availability
  • Must work up to 19 hours per week (not to exceed 545 total hours in a calendar year) from August 15, 2021 through August 15, 2022 during regular business hours (or off hours as determined by the position/supervisor)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Each position has a job description which entails additional qualifications

To Apply:

Please apply following the instructions on this website. Please include:

  • Letter of Statement indicating your interest in and fit for the position(s). Be sure to state which positions you are applying to.
  • Cover letter indicating your interest in a certain job and degree.


Job Title: Science Lab Assistant (2 positions)

Eligible Programs: Master of Science in Biology

Position Reports to: Science Chair, MS Biology Program Director, and appropriate Lab Coordinator

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for delivering services and instruction related to introductory science labs for undergraduate majors. Working in close association with lab coordinators, the lab assistant will help with instruction and safety management of labs. The lab assistant will also provide office hours for students, grading support, and other services, as directed by lab coordinators.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, or closely related field
  • Evidence of introductory biology lab and introductory chemistry lab completion at the undergraduate level. Demonstrated academic success is preferred.
  • Availability on nights and weekends.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with lab coordinators to design and prep undergraduate introductory science labs.
  • Work with lab coordinators to develop lab safety protocols and a system for their implementation.
  • Provide laboratory instruction under the supervision of lab coordinators.
  • Grade laboratory assignments and provide feedback to students.
  • Maintain office hours for student assistance.
  • Other duties as defined by lab coordinators.

Job Title: Forester (2 positions)

Eligible Programs: Master Sustainability

Positions Summary: The Forester positions will be offered to a new student in the graduate program in Sustainability.


  • Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Forest Ecosystem Management, Environmental Resource Management or related area. A bachelor's degree in another area, combined with experience working in a forestry related field may be substituted.
  • The position requires rigorous physical exertion including, but not limited to, traversing uneven, rugged terrain in inclement weather and the ability to lift and move heavy objects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform a variety of outdoor assignments, which allow the public to safely access and enjoy the Eden Hall woodlands. Duties include, but are not limited to, clearing downed trees from hiking trails and helping to remove invasive plant species.
  • Help to promote the woodlands as an organizing focus for community development among students at Eden Hall and on all campuses of Chatham University.
  • Plan and implement community service projects and citizen engagement activities focused on trail improvement/enhancement.
  • Develop citizen science programming to involve the community in collecting, analyzing, and making conclusions about woodlands data. May involve science education and communication product content development.
  • Create and promote recreational opportunities in the woodlands.
  • Produce interpretive educational materials including signage, posters, brochure, and web content.
  • Support the creation of an Eden Hall Forest website as part of the larger site with information about all of the data collected through class activities, citizen engagement projects, etc.
  • Assist with the DCNR grant for the development of a Master Plan for Eden Hall trails and help to maintain project momentum by tracking progress toward goals and deadlines. Requires interaction with Study Committee and the landscape architect firm.
  • Collaborate with external groups like the Audubon Society, the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Society, and others to build capacity and educational/recreational offerings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of silviculture, reforestation, and wildlife habitat.
  • Knowledge of forest management policies and practices.
  • Knowledge of fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems.
  • Knowledge of forest practices as they relate to ecosystem management principles.
  • Ability to identify different types of plants, animals and habitats.
  • Ability to operate and maintain various equipment and tools, and use proper safety methods.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

Job Title: Development Writing Advancement (1 position)

Eligible Programs: Master of Creative Writing

Positions Summary: The Forester positions will be offered to a new student in the graduate program in Sustainability.

Chatham University has an opening for a Development Writer in its office of University Advancement.

The Development Writer position will be offered to a new student in select graduate programs starting fall 2019 at Chatham University.


  • Must hold a bachelor's degree
  • Must be enrolled in 9 credits per term for fall, spring and/or summer. Each program has different summer requirements and/or class availability.
  • Must work 19 hours per week (not to exceed 545 total hours in a calendar year) from August 15, 2019 through August 15, 2020 during regular business hours (or off hours as determined by the position/supervisor).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must have valid driver's license

Duties and Responsibilities:

The position will provide writing and editing for a variety of projects, including grant proposals and reports, corporate sponsorship packages, donor stewardship reports, annual fund appeals, special acknowledgements, white papers and donor recognition publications.

Experience: Required skills include exemplary writing skills with samples of writing for a variety of projects. Strong verbal communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and ability to quickly learn and utilize proprietary educational software. Must function comfortably in a team structure and be able to work effectively on deadlines.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diverse candidates.

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