Land Stewardship Fellows

The Land Stewardship Fellows program provides conservation professionals who are just starting their careers with practical, hands-on land management experience based on Aldo Leopold’s land ethic philosophy. The program also fosters a better understanding of the land and the challenges of managing for overall land health as opposed to single resources, such as timber or water quality.

The outdoor classroom for this experience is the Aldo Leopold Foundation property in Baraboo, WI. The nine-month commitment (February to November) will allow you to immerse yourself in a landscape influenced by Leopold, work closely with dedicated conservation professionals, build your confidence, and enhance your own land ethic.

The overall goal is to prepare you as a future conservation leader for the next step in your career.

What You’ll Learn

As the seasons change from winter to spring to summer to fall, you’ll gain the problem-solving and technical skills needed to manage invasive species, improve timber stands, conduct prescribed burns, and carry out the many other practices that caring for land throughout the year requires.

Specific skills include:

  • Chainsaw use and safety
  • Chemical application
  • Tractor use
  • Sawing brush, mowing trails, and felling trees
  • Seed collection and processing, and plant sampling
  • GIS mapping and GPS
  • Report writing

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 non-profit operations. At first, you’ll work closely with your crew leader. As you gain experience, you’ll be granted more independence and opportunities for leadership roles.

How and When to Apply

This program seeks people with a strong desire to learn about conservation and land management. Applicants should have a four-year degree in a natural resources-related field and some previous field experience. Successful applicants must commit to the full nine-month term (February through mid-November).

We typically hire two nine-month fellows 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.

Still a Student?

If you are currently a student, we also offer six- to 12-week seasonal fellowships starting in late May through late August. Check the employment section of our website in early spring for the position announcement.

For more information, visit our Land Stewardship FAQs.

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