Kinship Conservation Fellows

Kinship Conservation Fellows

Kinship Conservation Fellows seeks to have positive and lasting conservation impacts. Our Mission: To develop a community of leaders dedicated to collaborative approaches to environmental issues with an emphasis on market-based principles.

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Kinship Conservation Fellows

Innovative tools. Inspired leaders.

Each year Kinship selects 18 Fellows from hundreds of applicants around the world to join our dynamic fellowship of conservation leaders. Our intensive, month-long program combines conservation leadership training with business and economic tools, while offering the opportunity to apply what you learn to an independent project.  Kinship Fellows leave the program inspired by a renewed understanding of how market-based tools can improve conservation practice globally.

Kinship Fellows Program 

  • Month-long program in the Pacific Northwest
  • Core instruction in market-based strategies
  • Leadership, business and economic tools
  • Hands-on project development
  • Renowned international faculty
  • Participation in global Fellows Network
  • $6,000 stipend, lodging and meals

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Kinship Faculty

Elite faculty. Personal mentoring

Kinship gives you personal access to and teaching from an elite, experienced faculty of global conservation leaders. Our faculty members are chosen for their achievements in the field as well as their expertise in economics and business. Throughout the month, you'll be challenged, encouraged and inspired by our faculty’s ability to convey concepts and mentor your progress.

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Kinship Fellows

A community of leaders. A commitment to results.

Kinship is for highly motivated achievers. It's about synergy, during and after the program. As a Fellow, you become part of a growing community of leaders.

Our talented Fellows bring specific environmental challenges to Kinship. They leave with solutions they can apply directly to their work. Inspired by Kinship’s spirited, supportive group dynamic. Fellows create new ways to take their ideas from concept to implementation.

Kinship Fellows are…

  • Career conservation professionals
  • 5+ years in their field
  • Innovative thinkers
  • Mission driven achievers
  • Committed to leadership

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We're looking for conservation leaders with five years of experience, who are deeply committed to conservation, interested in learning about using market approaches to solve environmental problems, and ready to be part of an expanding community of global leaders.

Kinship Fellows are entrepreneurial and results-oriented. A proposed project describing an environmental issue related to your work and your plans for developing a solution using market approaches will be a key part of your application.

Successful applicants will have at least some exposure to business and economic principles and be in a work environment where these principles can be integrated with conservation work. Eighteen applicants will be selected to participate.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Possess a minimum of a four-year college degree (or its overseas equivalent)
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant work experience
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Be a conservation practitioner (rather than an academic or researcher) 

Selection Criteria

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Proposed project viability and appropriateness
  • Leadership potential
  • Potential contribution to the month-long program and to an ongoing community of leaders

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The Kinship Conservation Fellows program, which began in 2001, trains experienced conservationists in the use of market-based principles to address environmental challenges. The program’s ultimate aim is to see large-scale conservation outcomes related to increased health of environmental systems and reduced environmental threats.