Apply now for TWS’ Leadership Institute class of 2024

The application deadline is March 17

The Wildlife Society’s flagship leadership training program, the Leadership Institute, is now accepting applications for the class of 2024. The deadline to submit applications is March 17 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 mentoring opportunities 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 31st Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in October. Participants will receive complimentary registration and a travel grant to attend the conference (attendance for the entire conference is required).

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 and have opportunities to build community, identify meaningful support systems, and learn more about TWS and leadership within the conservation field. Participants can expect to dedicate approximately two to three hours a week from May to October 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 (two to three years in the profession) who are employed or actively seeking employment in the wildlife profession—whether that is a seasonal, part-time or full-time position. This program is not geared toward full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Membership in 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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Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

Header Image: A cold creek flows below the slopes of Mount Rainier. Credit: David Frey