Our Cabela’s Apprenticeship Program is an opportunity for students to gain experience doing research that addresses real issues centered around:
- recruiting and maintaining participants in outdoor activities
- managing fish and wildlife and creating their habitat
- protecting threatened and endangered species
- supporting ecosystem conservation
Students with at least 27 credit hours or sophomore standing are eligible to apply.
Funding for apprentices typically averages about $3,000, but other levels of funding are considered if justified in the application.
The program is a partnership among Cabela’s, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with funding provided by Cabela’s.
Applications for 2023 will be accepted in the late winter 2023.
Need more information?
Contact Chris Chizinski
|Grace Carey||Factors that limit primary production in lakes||Jessica Corman|
|Lauren Clapper||In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Educational Center in Wylie, Texas||Exotics Wildlife Rescue & Educational Center — Mentor: Vicky Keahey|
|Samantha Garcia||Better understand how native wildlife species are affected by bioenergy crop production||Andy Little|
|Andres Hayes||Productivity of the different types of beehives (lanstrogh, top bar, cement langstroth)||Zambeze Delta Conservation/Cabela Family Foundation|
|Kaianna Hraben||Positive sentiments about zoos and their conservation efforts change over time||Chris Chizinski|
|Johnathan Kelly||Temporal and spatial variability in nutrient runoff in streams in and around Scotts Bluff, Nebraska||Steve Thomas|
|Matthew Klein||Occupancy and estimated population status of native Nebraska herpetofauna species located within the Niobara Valley Preserve||Dennis Ferraro|
|Katie Krager||Research of Trumpeter Swans||Mark Vrtiska|
|Helen Little||Research will examine whether application of oyster mushroom-colonized substrate is an effective field treatment||Judy Wu-Smart|
|Alex Napolitano||Study the effect of mussels on water quality||Keeley MacNeill|
|Laurel Nelson||Negative sentiments about zoos and their conservation efforts change over time||Chris Chizinski|
|Jacob Reiber||Quantify how light impacts stream algal growth||Reilly Farrell | Jessica Corman|
|Abigail Ridder||Eastern redcedar’s effect on sapling recruitment in the Niobrara River Valley.||Sabrina Russo|
"My research experience this summer at the Niobrara Valley Preserve simply would not have been possible without the financial support from Cabela's. Without the burden of working a part-time job this summer to support myself, I was able to dive fully into the research and learn as much as possible while maintaining a healthy work/leisure balance. With Cabela's emphasis on an apprenticeship rather than just a typical research experience, I was able expand beyond my forest ecology focus and learn from other folks at the Nature Conservancy about things like prescribed fire, prairie restoration, and land management. Oh, and how to change a flat tire on a big truck!" – Brittni McGuire – See more
"The stipend is very helpful since I would otherwise likely not be able to afford room and board in Lincoln for the summer, " – Abagail Schoup – Read more
"I believe my Cabela's Apprenticeship set me apart from the other potential candidates with being able to go outside my comfort zone and learn more about my own role and capabilities in the natural resource field, both virtually and in person." – Sophia Gobber – Read more