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Calling Emerging Leaders to Join our Team!

It’s that time of year again – the Institute is hiring our next cohort of Emerging Leader Fellows!

Are you starting out in your career and interested in exploring how parks can help solve some of society’s biggest challenges? Are you looking for an opportunity to gain critical experience and skills, take ownership of your own project, and make an impact? If so, the Institute’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders may be for you!

Our Fellowship seeks to empower early career professionals by offering paid opportunities that support their development as future environmental and community leaders. Participants receive individualized mentorship and career coaching, participate in learning opportunities designed to increase their project management skills, and take ownership of specific projects, ultimately adding tangible products to their professional portfolio and supporting their career growth. Examples of previous fellowship projects include our Post to Park Transformations report and the Park Prescription webinar series.

Maria Romero, 2016 climate fellow, presenting on her work

The Institute intentionally seeks fellows with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to help explore new ways for parks to provide value to all communities. We strive to broaden and support the next generation of park leaders and advocates as well as to give to our fellows the opportunity to apply their creativity to the complex challenges that parks and communities face.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here is what Lea Kassa, our 2016 health fellow, had to say about her experience with the Institute:

My fellowship with the Institute was beneficial in so many ways. For me, it was the perfect segue into the working world after graduating from Cornell. It allowed me to develop essential professional skills like project management, business etiquette, public speaking, and facilitation to a degree I had never before experienced. What stands out most is how much responsibility and trust was instilled in me from day one. I felt truly valued and listened to as a part of the Institute’s Health program, which gave me the confidence to speak my mind and actively participate in and contribute to meetings.

My experience with the Institute was also, without a doubt, a large part of the reason I ended my fellowship with two full-time job offers from other organizations. My manager was incredibly supportive throughout my job application and interview process and I had a wealth of experience from my fellowship to discuss during interviews. I have so much to thank the Institute for, and I know anyone who pursues this fellowship will feel the same way!

If this sounds like an opportunity for you or someone you know, visit our website for more information and apply via our online application form following the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders: Climate Change Education or Fellowship for Emerging Leaders: Urban links. We look forward to hearing from you!

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