Fellowhip Opportunity: RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowships (for ’17 alums & ’18 grads). Applications open January 2018

Ray Marine Conservation Fellows

Program Overview:

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with an undergraduate degree with the tools and support they need to become leaders in the ocean conservation field; one that fully represents the rich and diverse communities within the United States.

RAY Fellows will be placed within one of our member organizations for a year-long paid fellowship position, with the resources and support to develop experiences that will launch them onto a path of career growth in the conservation field. Fellows will work with mentors, grow their networks, and forge lasting relationships with their cohort of fellows. RAY Fellowship positions are full time paid positions with competitive entry-level salaries plus benefits. Fellows will also receive a stipend of $1,000 to go towards professional development opportunities, in addition to coordinated professional development through RAY Member Organizations.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship cycle will open in January 2018, and Fellowship positions will begin July 16, 2018.

Ideal Candidates:

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges
  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits
  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields
  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship
  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Review our application process, timeline, and eligibility requirements for more!

Graduate Program: Coastal Science and Policy Program at University of California, Santa Cruz (Deadline to apply: 12/15/17)

Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz,
is a new MS Program looking for the students who will start the next generation of conservation orgs.

This new program will select the best 10 candidates from anywhere in the world with all tuition and living expenses covered. I’d like to see the program filled with the best future conservation leaders from high biodiversity countries who are already working with effective conservation organizations. Please forward this announcement to prospective candidates.

The MS program emphasizes international diversity, entrepreneurship and data-driven action to achieve conservation at scale. The curriculum incorporates experience-based learning, hands-on research, and a deep understanding of the multifaceted problems that face coastal systems. In addition to their rigorous coursework, students will be encouraged to take on an internship during their first summer, as well as conduct their own capstone research projects during their second year of study. Linking academic researchers and graduate students directly with conservation, business, and policy practitioners provides dual immersion in the academic and practitioner cultures and contexts and, ultimately, the ability to work fluidly across the science-practice interface.

Applications for the first cohort open October 1, 2017, and close December 15, 2017.
Please forward this email to promising candidates who you believe will be a good fit for the program. Visit our website or blog post for more information.

Alumni Fellowship Opportunity: NOLS Stewardship & Sustainability Internship (must relocate to Lander, Wyoming)

NOLS Stewardship & Sustainability Internship

Please pass this internship along to suiting recent graduates. Current students may apply but must commit to relocating on-site (Lander, Wyoming) for the internship. This year we are happy to announce that we can provide dorm-style housing for free. There is a small stipend to assist in basic living expenses.

Visit this link to learn more about the projects in store and how to apply.


I hope we get many qualified applicants!


1.307.335.2318 DIRECT

Alumni PhD Student Opportunity: NSF Project, Ecosystem response to rapid evolution (App due Dec. 1, 2017)

Graduate Opportunity ####
Ecosystem response to rapid evolution, University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences.

We are recruiting a PhD student to work on an NSF sponsored project studying the impact of rapid evolution on the productivity and stability of coastal salt marshes. Our study system relies on individuals of a foundational plant in this system (Schoenoplectus americanus) revived from seed banks dating back over 100 years. Our approach involves: measuring changes in plant physiology and growth in controlled experiments; paleoecological analysis of marsh sediments; synthesis of extensive field data; and Bayesian approaches to link evolutionary and ecosystem processes. We welcome applicants with strengths in any of these disciplines. For more information, see the lab web page (https://sites.nd.edu/paleolab), or submit a letter detailing your interest and relevant background to Jason McLachlan (jmclachl@nd.edu). Please CC the project manager, Jody Peters (peters.63@nd.edu). Applications to Notre Dame Biological Sciences are due December 1.

9 Month Fellowship: Spiritual Ecology Fellowship Apply by March 15, 2017

Please share this unique fellowship program with students and alumni! Accepting applications through March 15.


Spiritual Ecology Fellowship: Founded in 2015, the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship is an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation. The fellowship supports emerging young leaders and innovators who recognize the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, stewardship, interconnectedness, compassion and service. The program is designed to offer an experience of deep study and practical application of the principles of spiritual ecology. A central component of the fellowship will be the development and implementation of pilot projects that have the potential to be catalysts for change.

Description: The fellowship follows a 9-month program and will consist of 8 selected participants, all of whom will receive full scholarships for program tuition and a $10,000 stipend to assist with project development. All travel, food and lodging for retreats will be provided at no cost. Successful and viable projects will be eligible for incubation and potential seed funding consideration via the Kalliopeia Foundation incubator program upon completion of the fellowship. Application deadline: March 15, 2017

Program Details and Eligibility: http://www.spiritualecologyfellowship.org/the-program/

Applicants should be between the ages of 22-30 (slightly outside can apply). Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for consideration.

Current Fellows: You can see our current fellows and projects, representing a diversity of values-based interests and a short film about our recent field visit to India.

Deadline: March 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2017
More information: http://www.spiritualecologyfellowship.org

Please share with those who might be interested!
With appreciation,

Seana Quinn
Spiritual Ecology Fellowship Coordinator
PO Box 1164, Inverness, CA 94937 USA

Spiritual Ecology Fellowship – Open for Applications!


Fellowship: 2017 Switzer Graduate Environmental Fellowships (deadline 1/9/17)

The application process for the 2017 Switzer Environmental Fellowships is now open. Switzer Fellowships are given to top graduate students in New England and California who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, and who are committed to a career in environmental improvement. The deadline for applications is January 9, 2017.

The fellowship provides:
– a one-year $15,000 cash award;
-access to other Switzer grant program and long-term career support, and
-membership in the Switzer Fellowship Network, an active and engaged community of nearly 600 environmental leaders in the U.S. and around the world.

Switzer Fellows are recognized environmental leaders working in the non-profit, public policy, academic and business communities. We invite you to check the News and Issues pages of our website to see the breadth of issues and caliber of work that our Fellows are doing!

This year we are particularly interested in seeing more applications from students of color and traditionally underrepresented groups, and those whose work encompasses an environmental justice or equity component. We are also interested in increasing the number of master’s-level students who apply for the Fellowship. Please refer to the Fellowships guidelines on the website:

For program related questions, please contact Erin Lloyd, Program Director (erin@switzernetwork.org)
For technical support with online applications: Don Brackett, Adminstrative Director (don@switzernetwork.org)
Office: (207) 338-5654 (Office hours Monday-Thursday 8:30-5:00 PM, Eastern time, other hours available by appointment.