Land Stewardship Associate Fellowship 2019-2020
The mission of the Aldo Leopold Foundation is to foster a land ethic through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Our mission is broadly interpreted and applied in education and land care through local, regional, and national initiatives. Based outside Baraboo, Wisconsin, we interpret Aldo Leopold’s Shack and Farm, a National Historic Landmark, for thousands of visitors each year. Our care of this special place and surrounding areas continues a Leopold family tradition while demonstrating on-the-ground conservation relevant to the 21st century. Through outreach we share Leopold’s land ethic and A Sand County Almanac widely. Utilizing these and other initiatives, our staff actively engages educators, citizens, natural resource professionals, and private landowners to build a land ethic and improve land health in their own communities.
Future Leaders Program Overview
Leadership in conservation is a critical piece to solving the ongoing and emerging environmental issues of today. The Aldo Leopold Foundation’s Future Leaders Program is designed to provide individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate degree the opportunity to gain experience and grow in seven core areas: conservation leadership, finance and fundraising, applied science and natural history, partnership building, strategic planning, communication, and land ethics. Each of these areas is addressed through a professional development series and applied on-the-job experiences that allow for exploration of each topic and time for each fellow to practice and apply these key elements of leadership. Fellows specialize within one of two program areas, Education & Communication or Land Stewardship, but receive exposure to other program areas and organization-wide efforts.
Position Impact Statement
The Land Stewardship Fellows assist with a wide variety of land management and monitoring techniques on ALF lands and across the Leopold Pine Island Important Bird Area. In addition, Land Stewardship Fellows participate in an array of on-site programing, creating opportunities for audiences to join the foundation in its work to advance a land ethic and land health.
The Land Stewardship Fellowship is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your natural resource background through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Working side-by-side with experienced staff, fellows will assist with management activities on the 2,000 acre Leopold Memorial Reserve. Surrounding Aldo Leopold’s famous Shack, the Reserve has both restored and remnant native Wisconsin habitat ranging from prairies to floodplain forests to sedge meadows to oak savannas. This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn firsthand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to efficiently manage a number of diverse ecosystems. As seasons change, management focuses on different activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, monitoring, prairie planting, and more. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with both a diverse range of conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the foundation’s mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist with land management activities on the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. This includes but is not limited to prescribed fire, herbaceous and woody invasive species treatment, timber stand improvement, prairie planting and establishment, brush management, plant identification, mowing etc.
- Document management activities in summary reports, grant tracking documents etc.
- Maintain ALF equipment and vehicles. Includes routine maintenance, shop organization, equipment repair, etc.
- Attend professional development trainings focusing on the seven core areas of the Future Leaders Program outlined above. These trainings will constitute approximately 20% of the total fellowship hours.
- Provide support and logistics for on-site programing including crane congregation tours, property tours for outside groups, Shack tours, educational programing, front desk staffing etc.
- Become familiar with the life and work of Aldo Leopold and his family. Explore your own connection to and understanding of land ethics.
- Become familiar with the work of all foundation staff and how each member contributes to the mission.
- Other tasks as assigned.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation seeks applicants who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental sciences, or a natural resources-related field. Fellows must be prepared for physically demanding work in a variety of conditions including extreme heat and cold, standing high water, and exposure to ticks and mosquitoes. Applicants should have an interest in and passion for learning about the complex and interdependent world of conservation. The ideal candidate will be have demonstrated leadership skills and be adaptable, energetic, and eager to learn. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply and have a valid driver’s license. Fellows must commit full-time for the entire year-long program.
Fellowship Term, Hours and Schedule
The fellowship will begin Monday, June 3, 2019 and run through May 29, 2020. Fellows’ hours will vary depending on the season and management activity. Most weeks will consist of 5 workdays, 8am to 4pm. During some seasons, longer days will be expected, with time off later in the week.
The Land Stewardship Fellows will be paid $720 biweekly. Fellows also receive 10 days of paid leave. Housing is provided on campus in the Future Leaders Center.
Approximate Hiring Timeline
March 10: Applications Due
March 13-15: Phone Interviews
June 3: Fellowship Start Date
Please send the following application materials to Carl Cotter, Stewardship Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 10, 2019. Please use the subject line: “Lastname_ALF_fellowship”.
- A one-page cover letter
- A resume (no more than two pages)
- 300-500 word response to the following prompt: In the spirit of interdisciplinary conservation, Land Stewardship Fellows will be provided opportunities to experience tasks historically conducted by Education & Communication Fellows and vice versa. What education and communication skills do you hope to develop during the fellowship? How will they contribute to your future success in the conservation field?
- Applicants must also have two academic and/or professional references complete the Fellowship Reference Form located here by March 10, 2019. Direct link: www.aldoleopold.org/2019-fellowshipreference
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and recognizes that just as a healthy ecosystem depends on biodiversity, a healthy human society depends on cultural and social diversity. We are committed to expanding the conversation on land ethics by acting to achieve a rich diversity of staff, board, volunteers, members, supporters, and those we seek to engage with our programming. We encourage applicants to address this foundation goal in their application materials.