It’s that time of year when we start looking for new group of land stewardship fellows to join our land care team and help us care for the historic Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, and the surrounding landscape.
During the nine-month fellowship (Feb. to Nov. 2017), fellows will work side-by-side with experienced staff, assisting with management practices on the lands surrounding Leopold’s famous Shack, including both restored and remnant prairies, floodplain forests, sedge meadows, and oak barrens.
This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn first-hand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to efficiently manage a number of ecosystems.
Throughout the seasons, members of the land care team gain experience in a variety of stewardship activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, seed collecting, and more. This includes mastering concrete skills such as using chainsaws, applying chemicals, driving tractors, and solving problems in the field.
But the experience isn’t just about the practicalities of managing land. Land care fellows develop a deeper awareness and understanding of ecological communities, the interrelationships between natural resources and their management, and the challenges of caring for land health as a whole.
You’ll also have the chance to interact with dedicated conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the Leopold Foundation’s mission.
Our objective is to prepare you, as a future conservation leader, for the next step in your career.
For more information about the fellowship, visit our Land Stewardship Fellows page.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2017 season have now closed. Please continue to check our website for other fellowship and employment opportunities throughout the year.