Apply Now to be a Hubbard Fellow

We are now accepting applications to join our 2016-2017 class of Hubbard Fellows.  Please share this with anyone who might be interested.  I’m biased, but I think it’s the best opportunity in the world for a recent college graduate looking for a career in ecology or conservation.

Kim Tri inspects a skunk skull in the prairie while Evan Barrientos looks on. The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies, Nebraska.

Kim Tri and Evan Barrientos are this year’s Hubbard Fellows.  You can be one of the next Fellows – apply now!

The Claire M. Hubbard Fellowship Program bridges the gap between school and career by providing Fellows with a broad set of experiences that supplement their college education.  Fellows are employed for a full year by The Nature Conservancy.  During that year, they spend much of their time doing prairie restoration and management, including invasive species control, prescribed fire, livestock management, equipment maintenance and repair, seed harvest and planting, etc.  In addition, Fellows attend a wide variety of conferences and meetings and gain experience with grant writing, marketing, outreach, research and monitoring, budgeting, conservation planning, and much more.  Each Fellow also designs and carries out an independent project that fits their individual interests.

The Fellowship is based at the Platte River Prairies, west of Grand Island, Nebraska, but Fellows also spend considerable time at the Niobrara Valley Preserve and many other sites.  Click here to see this year’s brochure, which includes much more information and guidance for interested applicants.

The Fellowship is open to graduates (by May 2016) of undergraduate and graduate programs in natural resources, conservation biology, or related subjects.  We are looking for highly-qualified, motivated people with strong leadership and communication skills.  Applications are due January 8 and the Fellowship will begin in early June, 2016.

We are extremely grateful to Anne Hubbard and the Claire M Hubbard Foundation for funding this Fellowship Program. 

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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2 Responses to Apply Now to be a Hubbard Fellow

  1. James McGee says:

    It is really great that the Hubbard family made it possible for The Nature Conservancy to provide experience to promising young talent. I think many people would like to help fund this type of program, but are not able to donate enough to support a fellow for a whole year. I think The Nature Conservancy would have good success using the crowd sourcing model to get individual projects like the Hubbard Fellows funded. Using crowd sourcing would allow middle America (like me) an opportunity to directly have a small part in such a program.

  2. As a current fellow, I can’t recommend this opportunity highly enough. If you are considering applying and have any questions about the fellowship, feel free to contact me at evan.barrientos@tnc.org.

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