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Education and Communications Fellows

The Education & Communications 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.

This fellowship 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 communications 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.

What You’ll Learn

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 managing and independent project.

Specific skills you’ll acquire include:

  • Visitor and customer services
  • Project management
  • Graphic design (for print and digital)
  • Social media management
  • Interpretive program planning/delivery
  • Discussion facilitation
  • Event planning (in-person and virtual)
  • Marketing and public outreach strategy
  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination
  • Creative writing
  • Introduction to campaign development (philanthropy and annual giving)
  • Introduction to land management

You can also expect to attend a variety of workshops, webinars, 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, the Education Coordinator, 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.

Aldo Leopold Foundation booth at the Energy Fair

How and When to Apply

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 fellowship term. Check the employment section of our website for the announcement, along with a list of required application materials.

Still a Student?

We do not offer summer fellowship opportunities for currently enrolled students. As our Future Leaders Program grows, we expect to add more seasonal fellowship opportunities in communications and education. Check the employment section of our website in early spring for position announcements.

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