Conservation Fellow

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The Nature Conservancy

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Lansing, MI, United States

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8 days ago


Lansing, Michigan, USA

The preferred location for this position is Michigan, with the flexibility for a home-based office within 100 miles of Michigan.



The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Nature Conservancy-DTE Foundation Conservation Fellowship Program is focused on developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide early career conservation professionals (i.e., recent college graduates with 0-2 years of job experience) from under-represented groups with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep dive into real-world conservation projects with a broad introduction to major conservation issues. Additionally, the program is designed to orient the Fellow to the inner workings of The Nature Conservancy as a representation of a non-governmental organization.

The Conservation Fellow will have the opportunity to work closely with other TNC staff and external partners across multiple dimensions of the conservation discipline, including science, restoration, policy, land protection, and strategic communications. Furthermore, the Fellowship is designed to emphasize those experiences the successful candidate wants or needs to prepare them for their conservation career. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The Conservation Fellow uses TNC’s Global Challenges Global Solutions framework to advance our mission in Michigan and the Great Lakes. They produce cutting-edge science on the connections between humans and nature and then provide research outputs. As a member of our Michigan Science Team, the Fellow works to research, gather, and analyze data in support of the Conservancy’s strategies for 1. Protection of Land and Water, 2. Tackling Climate Change, 3. Providing Food and Water Sustainably (Agriculture and Fisheries), and 4. Building Healthy Cities. This position will focus on setting science-based priorities and evaluating the effectiveness of TNCs conservation projects.

The fellowship will include a range of activities from research, project management and implementation, peer networking, and field learning experiences. More specifically, the activities of the TNC-DTE Fellow will be characterized by:

  • Cutting-edge science – including spatial analysis and prioritization – to inform land and water protection, management, and restoration.
  • Developing new skills and knowledge through training and mentorship in conservation science, natural or working lands management, conservation finance and/or policy.
  • Helping identify and implement innovative conservation solutions that produce tangible, lasting, results for nature and people.
  • Helping TNC build partnerships with academic institutions, agencies, businesses, and other NGOs in support of shared conservation goals and conservation science.

This is a two year fellowship with an annual salary of $50,000.


By joining our Michigan team, you will become part of a group that is a force for nature and people. Our team consists of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. We’re looking for a candidate who will:

  • Compile and generate patterns and statistics from data in support of conservation strategies as described above.
  • Prepare maps and complete spatial analyses.
  • Collaborate with teams including internal staff and external partners.
  • Manage one or more projects.
  • May perform field work, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, possibly in hazardous terrain or in rivers or lakes and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in policy, science, sustainability, and/or a natural resource management related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 0-2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting information, including spatial data.
  • Experience preparing and communicating (verbal, graphical and written) reports of findings.
  • Field experience.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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