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Conservation Diversity Fellowship

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The Open Space Institute’s Conservation Diversity Fellowship seeks candidates pursuing professional experience in the conservation field.
The Fellowship is a full-time, salaried, one-year position in New York City offering candidates the chance to work with colleagues and leaders at the Open Space Institute to accomplish meaningful conservation goals.

The Fellowship offers college graduates a one-year, paid position (competitive starting salary with a comprehensive benefits package) working alongside fulltime staff based out of OSI’s New York City home office. OSI’s multifaceted programs will give the fellows wide-ranging experience in the conservation field. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on projects related to the following, based upon her/his education and desired career path:

  • Conservation real estate transactions, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Access to urban parks, state parks, and the stewardship of protected lands
  • Conservation science research and information dissemination
  • Administration of grant funds to partner organizations for land protection and environmental education
  • Finance, accounting and administration of a large non-profit organization
  • Executive and development departments working with partners, funders, and the board of trustees



  • Interest in pursuing a career in a conservation and/or non-profit related field
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of conservation or the environmental movement, including diversity in conservation
  • College graduate with demonstrated academic excellence (GPA, course selection, and leadership)
  • Availability and commitment to full and enthusiastic participation in all aspects of the Conservation Diversity Fellowship
  • Working out of OSI’s midtown office in New York City and participating in the Fellowship for one year beginning in late summer of 2016
  • Eligible to work in the United States

The selection process, including a potential interview, will take approximately four to six weeks. Apply online by 4:00 pm on April 15, 2017 and include the following:

  • Resume or CV
  • College transcript
  • Statement of Purpose (750 words or less)

Two Letters of Recommendation that may be from a professor or recent employer sent directly to OSI.

For Information & Inquiries

For more information about the Fund, please contact:

Jessica Watson
Tel: 212-290-8200 x 307

Mike Baden
212-290-8200 x 308





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