Apply now for TWS Leadership Institute class of 2022

By Jamila Blake

Sunset at the North Fork Crooked Wild and Scenic River, Oregon. Credit: Bob Wick/BLM

The Wildlife Society’s flagship leadership training program, the Leadership Institute, is now accepting applications for the class of 2022. The deadline to submit applications is March 20 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Leadership Institute participants work on a variety of distance learning and hands-on projects, which include analyzing leadership themes and concepts; engaging in mentorship with Leadership Institute alumni, TWS Council and the TWS Heritage Committee; and developing a greater understanding of how to apply their personal leadership skills to their vision for the conservation field. The six-month program begins in May and concludes at The Wildlife Society’s 29th Annual Conference in Spokane, Washington, in November. Participants will receive complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend the conference.

The Wildlife Society works with participants to build essential leadership skills and expand their capacity in their current and future roles in the wildlife profession. Throughout the program, participants will 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. Participants can expect to dedicate approximately two to three hours a week to the program to complete readings, participate in calls and webinars and work on individual and group assignments.

The Leadership Institute is geared toward early-career professionals who are actively pursuing employment in the wildlife profession—whether that is seasonal, part-time or full-time experience. All applications are reviewed by the Leadership Institute Committee. The committee strives to create pathways to help enhance the efficacy of current and future leaders of TWS and the wildlife profession.

To apply:

  • Complete and submit the Leadership Institute Application Form and upload supporting documents (unofficial or official transcript(s), cover letter, and resume)
  • Provide two letters of recommendation

For questions, please contact leadership@wildlife.org.

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.


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