2020 Conservation Careers Workshop

The application period is now closed

NACD is proud to announce the second year of the NACD Student Conservation Careers workshop, hosted in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2020. The workshop will run during the 2020 NACD Annual Meeting February 7-9, 2020. This unique opportunity for undergraduate college students is an NACD program sponsored through NRCS, the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Conservation Partnership.

The workshop will provide an immersive experience for up to 15 highly qualified undergraduate college students and will showcase career paths in conservation, agriculture and natural resources management. Attendees will learn about career options within the National Conservation Partnership, meet conservation professionals and make valuable contacts. The National Conservation Partnership includes the USDA, NRCS, USFS, state conservation agencies and conservation districts from across the United States.

Presenters during the sessions will be conservation, agriculture and natural resources management professionals from field-work, program management and policy career paths. These professionals will share their career stories and recommendations for developing portfolios. Participants will also develop conservation career outreach plans and discuss action strategies to implement career outreach on their campuses. Participants will have an opportunity to network with conservation leaders from across the U.S. at this annual event.

The application period for the 2020 Conservation Careers Workshop is now closed.

If you have questions, contact Keith Owen at keith-owen[at]

Meet the Participants


Any undergraduate college student in a conservation, agriculture or natural resource management related major is eligible to apply for attendance. No students pursuing a Masters or a PhD are allowed to apply.  


  • Commitment Form
  • Outreach Piece (completed after workshop)
  • A current LinkedIn profile

What is included:

  • Airline travel for all sessions (reimbursed)
  • Ground transport in session locations (reimbursed)
  • Meals during travel (reimbursed)
  • Double occupancy lodging and meals during all sessions
  • All training, instruction and transportation during all sessions
  • Participant materials and supplies

Costs borne by participants: transportation to/from your local airport, parking at your local airport, any personal expenses, including expenses incurred after daily planned session activities are complete.

Components of the application:

  • Contact information
  • University information
  • GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume including work experience, course work and extracurricular activities
  • Two essay responses, each with a 250 word limit, uploaded as a PDF

Link to application:
Student applicants will be ranked based on educational, extracurricular and work experience, overall GPA and written responses to two short form essay questions.

The Conservation Careers Workshop will take place on February 7, 2020 and last until February 9, 2020.
Application opens: October 8, 2019
Application closes: 11:59 p.m. Eastern December 1, 2019
Top ranking applicants notified of selection: by December 15, 2019 

‘Exploring Careers in Conservation’ career panel, organized by Katrina Vaitkus of the 2019 cohort.

Workshop attendees are asked to create an outreach effort in order to engage with their community and teach other students about the opportunities in conservation careers. Many attendees decided to hold panels at their universities so that other students had an opportunity to learn about conservation and hear from professionals.

Other members of the 2019 cohort created media-based outreach platforms, including a website by Christine Charles, a podcast from Mikayla Smolensky and videos by Cristine Krebs and Anna Fisher.

Abby Northrup from the 2020 cohort created a story map about conservation in Montana.

“It is critical to meet folks who approach environmental conservation from a variety of backgrounds and fields. Furthermore, conservation ties into our economy, agriculture and our food system, our policies, and more: attending the NACD Workshop provided a fresh insight for me into the local and regional environmental conservation and sustainability efforts taking place across the country.”
Krti Tallam, 2019 Cohort

“This workshop further helped me solidify that this was the career path I wanted to take. Folks within this field are so passionate about their work, and they know that what they’re doing is incredibly important. We need more people working in conservation, finding solutions to the problems we face and encouraging conservation across all jobs and disciplines.”
Katrina Vaitkus, 2019 Cohort  

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