Are you an undergraduate student in the conservation field looking for practical, hands-on field experience to supplement your classroom experiences? The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking three seasonal land stewardship fellows for the summer 2017 field season to assist with management activities on the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. This is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your skills while being inspired through the legacy of Aldo Leopold.
Fellows work side-by-side with the foundation’s land management team and will work on everything from controlling Japanese Hedge Parsley to monitoring populations of regal fritillary butterflies. You will build a diverse skill set during your time at the foundation, gaining experience with invasive species control methods and options, participating in prescribed burning, marking trees for timber stand improvement, and learning about the plant and animal communities of southwest Wisconsin.
Our seasonal fellows are part of the foundation’s Future Leaders program, so we’ll do more than put you to work. During your fellowship, you will also build your own skills as a conservation leader as you are immersed in the history, ideas, and landscape of Aldo Leopold, improve your flora and fauna identification skills, learn about the inner workings of a conservation non-profit organization, interact with volunteers, and take part in a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities.
We have one one twelve-week and two six-week fellowships available. Start dates are flexible. Our ideal start date is May 29th for the twelve-week internship, with an end date in late August. The first six-week internship will ideally also start May 29th, and conclude in July. The second six-week internship starts in July and extends through late August. If none of these schedules work for you, don’t let that stop you from applying—we can be flexible with the dates provided that you can work at least half the summer.
Applications for the summer land stewardship seasonal fellowships are due on May 1. Visit our Land Stewardship Fellowship page for more background on the fellowship experience. For more details on the position, please see the fellowship description on our employment page.