Claire M. Hubbard Young Leaders in Conservation Fellowship Program

The Nature Conservancy

Grant amount: US $23,660

Anticipated deadline: Sep 8, 2018 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Nebraska

Location of residency: United States

Must travel to: Nebraska

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About the Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

Hubbard Fellowship

The Hubbard Fellowship is designed for recent college graduates, and bridges the gap between school and career by providing comprehensive experience working for a conservation organization. The Hubbard Fellow will participate in a wide range of conservation activities, including prairie restoration, invasive species control, prescribed fire, fence building and repair, data collection and entry, conservation planning, grant writing, leading tours, giving presentations to various groups, budget creation, and more. The Fellow will also travel to multiple Conservancy sites, attend conservation-related meetings and conferences, and shadow Conservancy and partner staff in various capacities. In addition, the Fellow will plan and conduct an independent project catered to the Fellow’s individual interests and career objectives. The Fellow will need to work closely with Conservancy staff, cooperating scientists, volunteers, and graduate students. This twelve month (full-time) position will require irregular hours and will include extensive outdoor physical labor under adverse conditions. The Hubbard Fellow is supervised by the Program Director, and may oversee the activities of short-term staff and volunteers. This position is located at the Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies, in a rural part of central Nebraska at Wood River, NE, and will run from January 2018 through December 2018. Housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Annual Salary of $23,660 based on hourly rate of $13.00. All travel required for this position is paid by The Nature Conservancy.
  • Excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance is available, plus housing is provided on a Conservancy Preserve.


  • Help restore and manage grassland and wetland ecosystems.
  • Get involved with field research and monitoring projects.
  • Improve your ability to articulate the need for conservation to a broad audience.
  • Learn how to build consensus and find compromise among diverse stakeholders. 
  • See how fundraising, budgeting, and administration happens within conservation organizations. 

Start building your professional network…

Spend quality time with a wide variety of conservation professionals. Begin forming the relationships you will need as you pursue jobs and create future conservation partnerships.

Gain Experience With:

  • Prescribed fire
  • Prairie/wetland restoration
  • Conservation grazing
  • Land management planning
  • Research, monitoring, and management tracking
  • Ecology and natural history, species identification
  • Operation of various vehicles and equipment
  • Invasive species control
  • Conservation within an agricultural context
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Grant writing and philanthropy
  • Administration and budgeting
  • The structure and operation of the largest conservation organization in the world .

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Minimum Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, conservation biology or similar field – to be completed by December 2017.
    • Ability to pass the arduous pack test for prescribed fire – 3 mile hike, carrying 45 pounds, in 45 minutes.