Hubbard Fellowship Application Period Open

Please help spread the word that we are currently accepting applications for the Claire M. Hubbard Young Leaders in Conservation Fellowship (due Oct 1, 2021). Getting to supervise the Hubbard Fellows each year is a major highlight in my career and I’m excited to meet another batch of highly motivated and qualified applicants this fall.

A portrait of me, Sarah and Kate (current Hubbard Fellows) taken by drone

The Hubbard Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates (graduated before January 1, 2022) who are looking for a broad range of experiences to boost their conservation career. They spend a lot of time helping with prairie management and restoration work, but also a wide range of other activities, including research, outreach, fundraising, and more. Each Fellow also gets to design their own independent project, which allows them to explore a topic of interest to them and produce a product that builds toward the mission of The Nature Conservancy.

Much more information on the Fellowship can be found in the following places:

The Hubbard Fellowship page on this blog

This brochure that describes the Fellowship in more detail

The official job description on The Nature Conservancy’s website

Here is a video created by Sarah Lueder, one of our current Hubbard Fellows, with help from her fellow Fellow, Kate Nootenboom.

Here are some photos of previous Hubbard Fellows:

Hubbard Fellows helping with data collection at the Niobrara Valley Preserve
Outreach and communication are big parts of the Fellowship and Fellows are provided with camera gear and training as part of their experience
This sums up the Fellowship experience very well.
Prescribed fire training and experience are also a big part of the Fellowship
Ashley (2020 Hubbard Fellow) removes seed from a mechanical seed harvester as part of a prairie restoration project
Fellows Chelsea and Mary search for butterflies as part of a long-term research program at the Niobrara Valley Preserve
Jasmine (2013-14 Fellow) made me pose for this selfie after a very dusty bison roundup

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested in the Fellowship. Remember – applications are due by October 1!

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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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