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Cultivating Conservation Leaders: Leopold Fellowship Programs

Cultivating Conservation Leaders: Leopold Fellowship Programs

Transformative Experiences for Environmental Stewardship

At the heart of Leopold Fellowship Programs is a commitment to cultivating leaders in conservation at every career level. These programs provide transformative experiences designed to develop leadership skills, deepen land ethics, and promote ecological stewardship. Offering unique paths for professionals at various stages of their careers, the Leopold Fellowship Programs aim to enhance knowledge, skills, and a dedicated commitment to our natural community.

Shaping Stewards of Tomorrow: Future Leaders Program


The Future Leaders Program is a yearlong fellowship tailored for recent graduates, focusing on essential aspects of conservation leadership, fundraising, applied science, and more. This program offers specialization in Education & Communication or Land Stewardship, allowing fellows to work within Wisconsin’s diverse habitats and develop effective management strategies.


Operating from the LEED-certified Future Leaders Center, situated near the Leopold Center, the program provides housing and facilities to support Associate Fellows’ growth and learning.

Support Future Leaders: Opportunities for Every Stage

Leopold Fellowship Programs understand the significance of supporting individuals at different career stages. Regardless of where they are in their professional journey, all fellows receive a life-enriching experience framed by Leopold’s call to care for people, the land, and the connections between them. Tangible skills acquired during the fellowship empower individuals to carry forward this ethic into their work and communities.

Leopold Fellowship in Land Stewardship

This unique opportunity is designed for recent college graduates to work alongside experienced staff, applying existing knowledge and skills while learning new ones. Land Stewardship fellows actively contribute to various land management and monitoring activities, fostering a deeper connection to the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area.

Leopold Fellowship in Education & Communication

Tailored for recent college graduates with an education and communication background, this fellowship provides hands-on experience in visitor services, mission-based communications, program planning, marketing, and delivery. Education & Communication fellows actively support on-site programs, outreach initiatives, and communications efforts.

Join Our Team: Become a Leopold Fellow

If you are eager to grow and make a difference in the field of conservation, Leopold Fellowship Programs invite you to explore their open positions. Applicants should be college seniors or recent graduates from a four-year degree program in a relevant field. Successful applicants must commit to the full fellowship term, demonstrating a strong desire to learn in seven key areas of leadership: applied science & natural history, communication, conservation ethics, finance & fundraising, leadership, partnership building, and strategic planning.