National Forest Foundation

Conservation Connect Fellowship Program

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:

  • 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.

We thank the Exxon Mobil Foundation, the Watershed Research and Training Center, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and an anonymous donor for their generous support of the 2021 Conservation Connect Fellowship Program.