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Every year, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites graduate students (pursuing a master's or doctoral degree) to apply to the Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. The fellowship includes a summer or academic year practicum at NFF's Missoula, Montana office, a field office, or hosted by a partner organization.
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!
Here's what students gain by being a Conservation Connect fellow:
"My current employer and NFF work on exactly the same issues in the same region. Having familiarity with NFF’s work and knowing some local staff has certainly sped up my learning curve in a new career path coming out of graduate school."
"The numerous staff members I came in contact with during my fellowship were extremely welcoming and open to new ideas. I greatly appreciated their trust as I explored my newfound GIS & cartography skillsets to make a positive impact on the NFF and its mission."
"This fellowship was my first experience in the conservation world after previously working in marketing. The experiences I had during the fellowship shaped where I wanted to go in conservation as far as combining my skills in marketing with the needs and opportunities to apply them in conservation. Learning the process of conflict facilitation with collaborative groups was incredible. Getting out in the field with those groups to hear that all the stakeholders wanted the same thing, but the steps to get there may be different, was a really unique experience that I apply in my position today."
We thank the Dianne Komminsk Revocable Trust, the Exxon Mobil Foundation, the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies, the Watershed Research and Training Center, Wallowa Resources, Alaska Airlines, and Southwest Airlines for their generous support of the 2022 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program.