Interested in being a leader in conservation?
Interested in having your voice heard on conservation issues by the state of Wisconsin and National policymakers?
The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has created a Conservation Leadership Program just for you!
We welcome high school students in their senior year or freshman, sophomore, and junior year college students to receive training in conservation leadership, conservation policy development and communication and advocacy for sound conservation policies. Experienced conservation leaders will provide training. Training will provide an excellent opportunity to network with state, federal and private conservation organizations. At the successful completion of the program, you will receive a $250 scholarship to further your conservation education! All expenses for travel, food, and lodging are also covered by the WWF and the CLC program.
General Information on the Conservation Leadership Corps
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In 2013, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) initiated an exciting new program to assist in the development of future conservation leaders in Wisconsin, known as the Wisconsin Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC). WWF has based the CLC on a highly successful and similar project developed by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, our counterpart organization in the National Wildlife Federation.
The CLC is designed to provide expert training for seniors in high school along with college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to develop leadership skills and techniques to allow students the ability to analyze as well as develop conservation policies in his or her subject of interest. Students involved will also gain experience advocating their conservation resolutions at the Annual Meeting for the WWF. Successfully written and presented conservation resolutions may be adopted by WWF to serve as official polices.
Training will be provided by current and former natural resource professionals in both public, non-profit as well as private sectors. Students will be presented with real-world experience and will receive feedback from professionals with expertise in conservation policy. Such interactions will be valuable to participants in relation to school success, future career aspirations, and involvement in conservation organizations.
The seventh year of the program will take place during the 2019-2020 academic year. Events will be scheduled for four weekends throughout the year (Friday night and most of Saturday). Conservation resolution presentations conducted by those involved would be made at the Annual Meeting of the Wildlife Federation in April 2019. Selected CLC candidates are encouraged to attend most, if not all, of the four training sessions throughout the year.
All expenses encountered while participating in the CLC program will be covered by WWF. At the successful completion of the year, each participant will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for the training program, a letter of commendation for their resume portfolio and a $250 scholarship to advance their continuing education.
We accept applications throughout the year. Interested CLC candidates should fill out the application and send it to the CLC Coordinator, at CLC.WWF.Coordinator@gmail.com, by May 31st, 2019. Candidates will be selected by June 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the results. More detailed information on the program will be provided to those selected over the 2019 summer.
2018-2019 Training Sessions
|Principles of Leadership:||October 5-6, 2018|
|Policy and Advocacy:||December 7-8, 2018|
|Resolution Development:||February 15-16, 2019|
|WWF Annual Meeting/Banquet/ Resolution Presentation||April 12-13, 2019|
2018-2019 Field Trips
CLC Coordinator: Monica Banaszak
Programs Director: Nicole Loeffler
President: Hunter Nikolai
Treasurer: Sawyer Boldt
Vice President: Kailey Kraus
Secretary: Halley Feil
Publicist: Lexi Allworden
Past President: Justin Mueller