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The Education and Outreach Fellows program provides young professionals just starting their careers with practical, hands-on experience in program planning and coordination, communications, and interpretation/environmental education, based on Aldo Leopold’s land ethic philosophy. The program also fosters a better understanding of land ethics, revealing the necessity to reach across differences to find and foster common ground, and build care for land and communities in equal measure.
The outdoor classroom for this experience is the Aldo Leopold Foundation headquarters at the Leopold Center in Baraboo, WI. Here you’ll connect with thousands of onsite visitors and help engage many more through web-based outreach and communication.
The nine-month fellowship (March to December) will allow you to learn, grow, and draw inspiration from the iconic place that helped shape Leopold’s thinking. You will also work closely with our dedicated education and outreach team, connect with our Leopold ambassadors worldwide, and have a chance to be mentored by the foundation’s Senior and Visiting Fellows as you build your voice as an educator and communicator, enhancing your own land ethic.
During the fellowship, you’ll gain the wide array of skills needed to advance the educational mission of a nonprofit organization, including everything from direct delivery of interpretive programming, to creating content for social media, to putting together budgets and writing grant applications.
You can also expect to attend a variety of workshops, talks, and other events that will help you expand your professional network, knowledge base, and understanding of nonprofit operations. A two-week training and orientation will acquaint you with the people, ideas, and assets available to you during the fellowship. After the training concludes, you’ll work with your supervisor to develop a detailed work plan and dive in. You will largely work independently but will receive ongoing guidance and attend our regular team check-ins that keep everyone pulling in the same direction.
This program seeks people with a strong desire to learn about education and communication techniques that foster inclusive care for land and communities. Applicants should have a four-year degree in a relevant field and some previous work experience. Successful applicants must commit to the full nine-month term (mid-March through early December).
We typically hire one nine-month fellow each year. The position announcement is posted in January for the fellowship beginning in March. Check the employment section of our website and various job boards (e.g., North American Association for Environmental Education) for the announcement, along with a list of required application materials.
We do not yet offer summer fellowship opportunities for currently enrolled students, but keep an eye out. As our Future Leaders Program grows, we expect to add more seasonal fellowship opportunities in outreach/education. Check the employment section of our website in early spring for position announcements.