National Forest Foundation Fellowship Program, Nationwide

National Forest Foundation
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Conservation Connect Fellowship Program - Includes Practicum Opportunity with $5,000 Stipend The National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites master’s or doctoral students to apply to the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program (please note this is a Fellowship - independent contractor not an employee position). Conservation Connect Fellowships aim to build experience, knowledge and skills within the next generation of collaborative and conservation leaders to support each other and advance the field. We are striving to build a cohort of emerging leaders, connecting graduate students who will go on to do important work with communities and public lands in the future! Do you want to match the knowledge you are acquiring through your academic work with practical, hands-on experience and contribute directly to collaborative stewardship of our National Forests? Here’s what you will gain by being a Conservation Connect Fellow: Applied experience with conservation programs and projects through a practicum project. For example, depending on the project, fellows may work with diverse stakeholders, support and facilitate collaborative efforts, coordinate and implement projects, conduct research to improve conservation programs, and develop training curricula and strategic communications. Mentoring from skilled conservation professionals at the NFF and other nonprofit host organizations. Trainings in collaborative conservation, facilitation practice, the roles of the National Environmental Policy Act and U.S. Forest Service, and other topics. Real-world understanding of forest and public lands management. An expanded personal and professional network. Fellowships include a summer 2021 or academic year 2021-2022 practicum, which may be at a specific location or virtual depending on the project. Deadline: Learn more about this opportunity and past fellows here. The NFF will accept applications through February 15, 2021. Questions? Email Ben Irey and Leah Zamesnik: and The National Forest Foundation welcomes a diverse pool of applicants and maintains a policy of nondiscrimination.
Eligibility Graduate students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate are eligible for the Conservation Connect Fellowship. We anticipate students will have taken coursework related to the study of natural resources, conflict resolution, collaboration, or non-profit management. APPLICATION MATERIALS The Conservation Connect Fellowship application is an electronic compilation of the following components into a single PDF submitted to by February 15, 2021. REQUIRED: Clearly mark in the subject of the email: 2021 Conservation Connect Fellow Application. 1. Cover Letter: In one page, describe in a compelling narrative your interest in being a Conservation Connect Fellow and how your studies and career plans fit the intent of the fellowship. Please be sure to include your mailing address, email address, and phone number. 2. Personal Statement: In 250 words or less for each response, address each of the following three questions: a. What life experiences have led you to choose your current field of study? b. What is the topic of your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and how would a Conservation Connect Fellowship enrich its content and value? c. Please describe three learning objectives for the fellowship. 3. Resume of academic and professional experience. 4. Practicum Selection Form: Please identify up to three practicum projects you are interested in using the table on the next page. Submit your project preferences using this survey link: 5. Letter of Recommendation (submitted separately): The fellowship application requires one letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty in the student’s academic program. The letter must address the merits of the applicant and their fit for this fellowship. The NFF requests the letter writer email a signed copy of his/her letter directly to by February 15, 2021 with FELLOWSHIP and the applicant name clearly in the subject line
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