Apply now for TWS Leadership Institute Class of 2019

By Jamila Blake

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area in 1990. Part of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon NCA showcases the unique wildlife of the area. ©BLM

The Wildlife Society is now accepting applications for the Leadership Institute Class of 2019. The deadline to submit applications is March 24 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Leadership Institute participants engage in a series of activities to develop and expand their leadership skills. The program begins in May and concludes at TWS’s Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada in October. Participants will receive complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend the conference.

The Leadership Institute is geared toward early-career professionals, typically two to three years out of undergraduate or graduate school, who are currently working full-time in a wildlife professional position with demonstrated evidence of leadership potential. Applicants must be members in good standing with TWS and a chapter or section of TWS. Preference will be given to individuals who are currently designated as an Associate Wildlife Biologist or Certified Wildlife Biologist, or have submitted such an application to TWS.

Throughout the 6-month program, participants will engage with Leadership Institute alumni and TWS Council mentors, work collaboratively to understand a wide array of leadership styles and perspectives, develop stronger written and verbal communication skills and learn how to better navigate the conservation field.

“The connection with other young professionals and leaders at the forefront of The Wildlife Society was one of the most valuable aspects to me,” said Stephanie Ferrero, a member of the Leadership Institute class of 2013. “The top leaders of The Wildlife Society inspired me to do all I can to make a positive difference for conservation. The classmates I had in the Leadership Institute broadened my views on how to tackle challenges that face wildlife.”

Applicants should submit application materials to leadership@wildlife.org by March 24.

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

Jamila Blake is The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Coordinator.
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