Rausser College of Natural Resources Commencement (Monday, May 13, 2024)

Congratulations to our recent graduates!

<p>Pictured our the newest batch of ESPM alumni and their faculty members from the 2024 Rausser College of Natural Resources Commencement Ceremony. </p>

Admissions Timeline for Academic Year 24-25

Admissions applications for Fall 24 opened September 15, 2023, and closed December 4, 2023.

Admission Deadlines

To request access to the admissions system (SLATE) please contact the GSAO, espm_gradsupport@berkeley.edu

Faculty application review process in SLATE

PDF icon Slate-Faculty-Training-Manual.pdf

 Graduate Student Research Hiring Timelines & Request Form

24-25 ESPM GSR Request Form from the BEST Region. The GSR request date will impact on-time pay. Please request at least 45 days in advance of the start date.

If you are rehiring a GSR, please use the current position number for their role. If you are making a new hire, and do not know the position number, please enter "0" on the line, an HR generalist will then fill this position in.

Fall GSR Hiring Period

Early July- all GSRs should be entered to avoid pay delays

Spring GSR Hiring Period

October - (prior to the spring semester) GSR request form is sent to faculty with a deadline (see above)

November 1 - Faculty completes requests; GSAO and RA authorize entry for HR processing

Hire a GSR  for Summer: June and July

(See RA for funding information or links below for salary and fee remission information)

GSR pay rates

Post April 1, 2023, GSR Salaries

Post October 1, 2023, GSR Salaries

Graduate Teaching Assistant Hiring & Application System

Fall TA Hiring 

End of Sept- Early Oct- Application opens (7 days)

Mid Oct- Application Closes and open to Faculty for ranking (10 days)

End Oct- Application closes to faculty and matching begins

Early Nov- Offers go out

Nov/Dec- Hiring is finalized

Spring & Summer TA Hiring

End of Feb- Early March- Application opens to students (7 days)

Mid-March- Application Closes and open to Faculty for ranking (10 days)

End of March- Application closes to faculty

Early April- Offers go out

April/May- Hiring is finalized

TA Requests and Hiring Process
ESPM will send out a message t0 faculty before the teaching semester about the number of TAs needed for their course. The request will be directed to the Vice Chair of Instruction who will determine, along with the department, the approved number of TAs to be allocated. 
Faculty will have the opportunity to rank applicants for these positions during the TA application period. The Hiring Committee will use these ranks to determine the best matches. Priority is given to ESPM students to meet department commitments. The Hiring Committee will ask faculty to rank as many applications as possible to facilitate the matching process. 

Outstanding TA nomination

Nominations for Outstanding TA are due in early March 2024.

Course Management

Use the Course Toolbox for information about:
To request changes to a course or create a new undergraduate or graduate course proposal please contact Temple Byars at scheduling.rcnr@berkeley.edu

Scheduling a Course

To schedule an undergraduate course (ESPM 1-199), please email Temple Byers, ESPM Undergraduate Scheduler at scheduling.rcnr@berkeley.edu

To schedule a graduate course (ESPM 200 and above), please email espm_gradsupport@berkeley.edu with the following information:

  • Course number (Ex. ESPM 222)
  • Day/Times  (Ex. Mon/Wed 11am-11 am)
  • Enrollment cap (Ex. 22 students max)
  • Room preference (Ex. Wellman 306)

 Student Stipends and Tuition Payments

To request a student support award for a student and/or pay for tuition/fees, please email the GSAO and cc your Research Administrator the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Student ID or email address
  • Amount to be paid
  • Chartstring

See  Tuition and Fee Schedule (fees are updated in late summer)

ESPM Website

If you need to make changes to your profile found on the ESPM website, scroll down to Login and make edits. If you are unable to modify certain information please contact Lizbeth Torres at espmrcpt@berkeley.edu

The BEST Region

The Biological, Environmental, Science & Technology (BEST) region supports the Rausser College of Natural Resources with services in the areas of:

  • Human Resources
  • Academic Personnel Support
  • Research Administrator, Contracts and Grants 
  • Purchasing and Reimbursements

To find your appropriate Research Administrator use the search tool at https://phoebe.rac.berkeley.edu/

Hire a Post Doc or Staff Title

Please submit a request via Service Now to hire Postdocs and any staff titles.  Our HR Generalist,  Erin Jones ( ebjones@berkeley.edu) can assist.  You can also escalate matters to the BEST Region HR Manager, Linda Marmolejo (lmarmolejo@berkeley.edu), or Deborah Howard BEST Region Contract and Grant Supervisor.

Student Support

If you are interested in hiring a student assistant (hourly), please contact Erin Jones.

Services for Student Care

Berkeley PATH to Care Center

The PATH to Care Center leads the efforts to transform our campus into a community that is free of sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking through prevention, advocacy, training and healing. 

The Gold Folder

The purpose of the gold folder is to help recognize potential symptoms of distress and identify appropriate campus resources to refer students to. Please review: PDF icon ucb_goldfolder.pdf

Career Center Resources for Faculty

Find out about resources available through the Berkeley Career Center to undergraduate and graduate students. Internship programs, PhD Externship opportunities,  career fairs, job advertisements, and more. 

Teaching Assignment Policy

As of December 2023, ESPM faculty voted on and passed a standard teaching policy. Please review the policy here.  

If you have questions about the policy, direct them to the Vice Chair of Instruction and/or the Department Chair. 

Teaching Resources for Faculty

The Center for Teaching and Learning partners with faculty to inspire, enrich, and innovate Berkeley’s collective practice and pursuit of teaching excellence.

Graduate Division Updates

For tips, tools, and news from Graduate Division, please sign up for email updates

Faculty, at least twice a month are required to review their CalCentral Pending Petitions forms to verify that they have completed all pending exceptions and petitions. Please reference the SIS job aids found at https://sis.berkeley.edu/instructors-0 for assistance. 

Shipping with FedEx or UPS

To ship things via FedEx/UPS and directly charge to a chart string, please work with your Research Administrator, they will be able to set up a FedEx/UPS account for you. To ship a large box through campus mail with a barcode, (please remember no hazmat or bio materials), it is best to drop it off at 54 Mulford.  

To request additional information be added, please contact Nicole Lowy, nlowy@berkeley.edu.

Faculty Salary Research Exchange Program (FSREP) and the Cooperative Extension Specialist Salary Research Exchange Program (CESSREP) : see related file on left side resources.