Fellowship Benefits

Fellowship Benefits

As an Institute fellow, you will have the opportunity to apply your passion for parks, equity, and conservation in new and innovative ways. Our Fellowship for Emerging Leaders offers a range of personal and professional benefits that will stay with you long beyond your time with the Institute:

Tackle New Challenges
Whether researching best practices, running meetings, or tackling a fear of public speaking, the Institute will give you the chance to push yourself to new heights and face new challenges. No matter your level of experience, we’ll work with you to understand your personal goals and create opportunities to overcome challenges. In the process, you’ll gain confidence, increase your professional toolkit, and hone your leadership skills. It’s a chance to find out which path best suits you, and how you can put your passion into practice.

Receive Professional Trainings
As an Institute team member you will receive specialized instruction and invaluable experiences that are highly sought-after in any job market. The Fellowship includes formal training sessions, individualized mentorship, and hands-on opportunities to implement the tools and skills that you learn. These include project management strategy and tactics, facilitation, public speaking, communications, partnership building, and more.

Make an Impact
The work you will perform at the Institute will have a direct effect on the Institute’s partnerships and direction. Fellowship projects are specifically designed to substantively contribute to attaining our program goals while at the same time leaving space for you to incorporate your own creativity and passion. Your work with the Institute will have lasting implications and contribute to a more sustainable and healthy world by harnessing the power of parks and public lands.


“I hope the publication is read and used by many not only in National Park Service but by others charged with making our parks and special places more inclusive.”

-Park Leader in response to Ruth Pimentel’s report Engaging Diverse Youth in Park Programs