Application deadline extended through July 17, 2022

We are recruiting for a diversity of applicants that share a commitment to addressing large-scale change for the future of western conservation. The course will bring together individuals that are self-motivated; demonstrate initiative and a commitment to learning; and interested in or actively taking responsibility for collaborative western conservation. Individuals that apply will need to demonstrate that they are interested in affecting change in conservation and will need to have the support of their agency, organization, or partnership. 

Eligibility: Individuals that are active in western conservation representing: state and federal government agencies, Tribal Nations or Tribal organizations, private lands, non-profit 501c3 organizations, industry, and academic affiliates. Candidates will be involved in conservation work in one or more of the following US states, Canadian provinces, or their territories: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Yukon.

Photo courtesy Bob Wicks

Your application must include the following:
1) Completed statement of interest form. (fill out the form below to receive an application)
2) A support letter from your Director, CEO, or Supervisor *

  • No more than two pages.
  • Name the nominee and include the recommender’s name as well.
  • Illustrate the applicant’s ability in the following areas:
    • Leading organizational change
    • Delivering Results
    • Motivating people
    • Building effective coalitions

3) A review of the time commitment and agreement to fully participate.

* Note: if you are a private landowner or Tribal representative, please seek a letter of support from a partnership-based group or the Tribal organization, in which you are a part, to provide additional perspective on your leadership qualities.

In this course, we are seeking participants with:

  • Natural resource conservation work experience
  • The opportunity to influence conservation 
  • Capacity to lead organizational or system change
  • A commitment to learning and growth 
  • Some experience with partnership, collaboration, coalition-building 
  • A demonstrated interest in taking on more responsibility 
  • Openness to diverse perspectives and differences
  • The capacity to take risks and/or persist through adversity
  • Organizational support, partnership or tribal support


If you have a question about the program, please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”

-Chris Hadfield


Applications accepted by COB July 14, 2022. If you work for USFWS Regions 1,2,6,7, or 8, please notify and work with your Assistant Regional Director/Regional Office for formal application to the program.

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