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National Forest Foundation Career and Contract Opportunities

The National Forest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer maintaining a policy of nondiscrimination in all recruiting and employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, genetic information, age, disability, veterans, or any other protected class identified by federal, state, or local law. All employees are respected, accepted, and appreciated for their unique and important contributions to the mission. The National Forest Foundation offers an excellent compensation and benefits package for regular, full time employees.

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.