Apply now for TWS Leadership Institute Class of 2023

The Wildlife Society’s flagship leadership training program, the Leadership Institute, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2023. The deadline to submit applications is March 12 by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Leadership Institute participants work on a variety of distance learning and hands-on projects, which include analysis of leadership themes and concepts, engaging in mentorship with Leadership Institute alumni, TWS Council, and TWS Heritage Committee, and develop 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 30th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky 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 enhance their skills to lead both as an individual and part of a team, have opportunities to build community and identify meaningful support systems, and learn more about TWS and leadership within the conservation field. Participants can expect to dedicate approximately 2-3 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. Membership with TWS is not required to participate in the Leadership Institute. All applications are reviewed by the Leadership Institute Committee. The committee strives to create pathways to help enhance the diversity, capacity, and efficacy of current and future leaders of TWS and the wildlife profession.

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Header Image: Sunrise over the terrain at North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Credit: Ron Mader, U.S. National Park Service