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Teaching Assistant Needed for NYC Watershed Course

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is accepting applications to support the two-day fall course SDEV 4550, “The New York City Watershed: From Community Displacement to Collaboration and Climate Adaptation.”

Applicants must be current full-time Columbia University graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students should expect to work 10-20 hours per week on average in the lead up to the two-day course (though this can vary throughout the semester), 10 hrs/day on October 1-2, and 20 hours between October 12 and 21.

Applications will only be accepted from graduate students. This position pays at a rate of $21/hr.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the position and a resume (both in PDF format) here by September 15.

Course Information

SDEV 4550 | The New York City Watershed: From Community Displacement to Collaboration and Climate Adaptation

Instructor: Professor Paul Gallay


  • Prep Session: Wednesday, September 28 from 4 – 6 PM
  • Course Dates: Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 2

A graduate student is needed to support the preparation and delivery of a two-day field-based course. The candidate will work closely with Professor Gallay on the successful implementation of the course on October 1-2, 2022.

The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail, ability to work with minimal supervision, and experience with supporting a class. Preference will be given to students who have previously taken the course.

Anticipated Tasks

Under the supervision of the professor, the candidate will help to prepare the logistics of the class and assist in its implementation. Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributing materials to students
  • Answering student queries
  • Acting as a second reader/grader on the assigned final paper, due October 12
  • Other assignments as needed to support course preparation and implementation


Must be a full-time graduate student with:

  • Excellent organizational, communications and leadership skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Must be able to manage tasks and time with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of the watershed communities or the Catskills Mountains preferred, but not required.
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