Scholars for Conservation Leadership Fellowship Cohort

Land Trust Alliance Published: June 9, 2021
United States
Second Location
Washington DC, DC 20001, United States
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Planning / Land Use /
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~ The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. ~
The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.

Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information and policy advocates.

Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.

The Alliance is seeking to elevate land conservation as a priority nationwide.

  • We envision a reenergized, more relevant conservation movement in which land trusts join with partners that have not traditionally identified as conservation organizations, including from the for-profit sector, around our shared interest of protecting special places.

Position Overview

The Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program is a career and leadership development program that aims to expand opportunities for students to pursue careers in natural resource management and conservation, with an emphasis on engaging underrepresented and minority students.

This professional development program offers a range of opportunities for rising college seniors to:

  • Learn about career tracks and career development directly from practitioners who represent a wide spectrum of professional roles and institutions in this sector;
  • Be paired with mentors from the land conservation community who can offer advice and assistance to students as they navigate the Scholars Program and beyond;
  • Participate in Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, the largest gathering of conservation practitioners in the country, including workshops, seminars, trainings and networking events;
  • Build community with a cohort of other students from across the country interested in exploring a career in this sector; and
  • Qualify for the selection process for a paid year-long fellowship (post-graduation) with a land conservation organization to gain on-the-job experience at a critical time in their academic and early career.

The 2021 program will bring together 10-20 undergraduate college students from across the country for a virtual professional development experience in conjunction with Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, being held virtually October 5-7.

  • After the seminar, the students will attend the conference where they will have the opportunity to participate in numerous educational trainings and workshops and connect with professionals from across the nation.
  • Additionally, each scholar will be partnered with a mentor during the conference.
    • The scholars will be honored at the conference, and one of the scholarship recipients will also be awarded a one-year fellowship to intern with a land trust.

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    • Join us April 27 at 6 p.m. Eastern or May 18 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Please register in advance via Zoom.

Application Information

  • Please complete and submit this online application by June 4.
  • Selected students will have registration costs covered and will be notified of acceptance by June 30.

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