National Forest Foundation

Conservation Connect Fellowship Program

The 2021 application period has closed

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) invites graduate students (pursuing a master's or doctoral degree) to apply to the 2021 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program. The fellowship includes a summer 2021 or academic year 2021-22 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!

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 and academic year 2021-2022 practicum, which may be at a specific location or virtual depending on the project.

Here are a few examples of practicum opportunities for 2021-2022. For the complete list of practicum projects, click on the "Apply" button below:

  • Wood for Life Tribal Fuelwood Initiative located in Flagstaff, AZ and taking place summer into fall 2021.
  • Facilitating and Coordinating Forest Collaborative Groups located in Missoula, MT and taking place during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Applying Forest Climate Policy on the Landscape located in Eureka, CA and taking place on-site during summer 2021 with some virtual work into the fall.

The application period for 2021 fellowships closed February 15, 2021.

The National Forest Foundation welcomes a diverse pool of applicants and maintains a policy of nondiscrimination.

We thank the Johnson Foundation of the Rockies, an anonymous donor, Southwest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines for their generous support of the 2019 and 2020 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program.