We are now accepting applications for the 6th class of Hubbard Fellows with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. Application deadline is September 21, and the position will run from February 2019 through January of 2020.
This has been one of the most satisfying programs I’ve ever been involved with. The opportunity to supervise and mentor young, bright future conservation leaders is incredibly energizing, and fills me with hope. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Fellowship, you can click here or just go to the Hubbard Fellowship tab at the top of this blog’s home page.
The Hubbard Fellowship program is designed to help recent college graduates get comprehensive experience with a conservation organization and give them a big leg up toward their career. The hope is to bypass the need to spend several years working short-term seasonal jobs to gain a variety of experiences by giving them all those experiences within one position.
Fellows become an integral part of our land management and restoration team – harvesting and planting seeds, killing weeds, clearing trees and brush, fixing fences, helping with bison roundups, and much more. They also collect data and interact with a number of scientists and research projects. Beyond that, however, they are also very active in communication and outreach, leading volunteer work days and sandhill crane viewing tours, speaking to various audiences, writing blog posts and newsletter articles, and helping with our social media presence. They get a chance to learn about and help with fundraising, see how budgeting and financial management works, and become active participants in conservation strategy meetings and discussions. Fellows attend our statewide board meetings, are active participants in our statewide strategy meetings and workshops, and attend multiple conferences in and out of the state.
Beyond those experiences, Fellows also develop and implement an independent project that both fits their particular interests and fills a need for our program. Those projects have included field research, social science research, enhancing our volunteer program, developing educational materials, and more. Those projects give Fellows in-depth experience within a topic of interest, but also a substantial accomplishment to point to as they move toward graduate school or apply for permanent jobs.
We are looking for motivated, future conservation leaders who want to live and work in rural Nebraska and become an integral part of our conservation efforts for a year. The application process includes a short essay and letter of reference, in addition to a cover letter and resume. All materials must be submitted by midnight on September 21, 2018. Housing is provided for the Fellows, right in the middle of our Platte River Prairies, west of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks!