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Land Stewardship Fellow

Aldo Leopold Foundation
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   The Land Stewardship Fellowship is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your natural resource background through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Working side-by-side with experienced staff, fellows will assist with management activities on the 2,000 acre Leopold Memorial Reserve. Surrounding Aldo Leopold’s famous Shack, the Reserve has both restored and remnant native Wisconsin habitat ranging from prairies to floodplain forests to sedge meadows to oak savannas. This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn firsthand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to efficiently manage a number of diverse ecosystems. As seasons change, management focuses on different activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, monitoring, prairie planting, and more. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with both a diverse range of conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the foundation’s mission. 


   The Aldo Leopold Foundation seeks applicants who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental sciences, or a natural resources-related field. Fellows must be prepared for physically demanding work in a variety of conditions including extreme heat and cold, standing high water, and exposure to ticks and mosquitoes. Applicants should have an interest in and passion for learning about the complex and interdependent world of conservation. The ideal candidate will be have demonstrated leadership skills and be adaptable, energetic, and eager to learn. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply and have a valid driver’s license. Fellows must commit full-time for the entire year-long program. 


   The fellowship will begin Monday, June 3, 2019 and run through May 29, 2020. For full position details, please visit:…;

$720 biweekly

   The Land Stewardship Fellows will be paid $720 biweekly. Fellows also receive 10 days of paid leave. Housing is provided on campus in the Future Leaders Center.

How to Apply:

   Please send the following application materials to Carl Cotter, Stewardship Coordinator 
   ( by March 10, 2019. Please use the subject line: “Lastname_ALF_fellowship”. 
   1. A one-page cover letter 
   2. A resume (no more than two pages) 
   3. 300-500 word response to the following prompt: 
   In the spirit of interdisciplinary conservation, Land Stewardship Fellows will be provided opportunities to experience tasks historically conducted by Education & Communication Fellows and vice versa. What education and communication skills do you hope to develop during the fellowship? How will they contribute to your future success in the conservation field? 
   4. Applicants must also have two academic and/or professional references complete the Fellowship 
   Reference Form located here by March 10, 2019. Direct link: