2019 Conservation Careers Workshop

The Conservation Careers workshop is an opportunity to introduce current college students to the history, trends and current careers in the field of conservation.

Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis. Applicants are evaluated by a selection committee for their academic and professional experience, as well as an essay on an assigned topic. The top ranking individuals are provided scholarship support to attend the workshop, with approximately 10 students enrolling in the training in 2019. Presentations in the workshop cover a range of topics, featuring conservation partners and speakers from public and private sectors. With valued sponsor support, NACD anticipates being able to provide this opportunity at future annual meetings for years to come.

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2019 Conservation Careers Workshop Agenda

The Conservation Careers Workshop is for students who have been awarded acceptance into the professional development program, hosted February 1-3 at the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting.

Friday February 1, 2019

  • 3:30 p.m. – Meet at front desk of the Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio, TX
    *Supper on your own and time to explore San Antonio (per diem reimbursement rate for meals)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Welcome
  • 7:00 p.m. – Overview of Workshop Goals and Outline of Student Action Plans
    AFA Presentation
    Hugh Hammond Bennett Video screening
  • 9:00 p.m. – Adjourn for the day

Saturday February 2, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast and presentations
  • 9:00 a.m. – Field presentations and networking time with natural resource management professionals
  • 12:00 p.m. – LUNCH
  • 1:30 p.m. – Presentations and Workshop activities (Location TBA)
  • 3:30 p.m. – NACD Board of Directors Meeting visit
  • 5:00 p.m. – Supper and Presentations
  • 6:30 p.m. – NACD President’s Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. – Presentations
    Outreach Planning for Campus Activities
  • 9:00 p.m. – Adjourn for the day

Sunday February 3, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m. – Working Breakfast and Presentations
    Post-review of Workshop Goals and review of Student Action Plans
  • 12:00 p.m. – Conclusion of the Workshop

Check out this insightful website from 2019 Conservation Careers Workshop participant Christine Charles and Mikayla Smolensky’s podcast about the experience!

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