Bailey Conservation Fellow

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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The purpose of the Essel and Menakka Bailey Conservation Fellowship Program is to help develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Initiated in 2018, the program is designed to provide recent graduates and early career conservation professionals with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep-dive into a specific conservation project with a broad introduction to major conservation issues and the operations of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) organization. In this program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work with Conservancy Staff across multiple dimensions of the conservation discipline, including science, restoration, policy, land protection, and communications. Furthermore, the Fellowship is flexibly designed to emphasize those experiences the individual wants or needs to prepare them for their conservation career.

For the 2021 Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Fellow that will strengthen the evidence base necessary to advance our conservation efforts in the Northwoods of the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes region, ranging across the northern portions of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In this geography, The Nature Conservancy pursues multiple interrelated conservation strategies, including direct conservation of core areas and corridors via acquisitions and easements, advancing natural climate solutions that sequester carbon, improving forest and aquatic system health via habitat management activities, and, more broadly, supporting vibrant recreational and forest products industries that further act to incentivize sustainable forest management.

Specifically, we are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to create, collect and integrated spatial data that will direct conservation actions across the landscape to achieve multiple ecological, economic, and social outcomes. We are seeking a researcher with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and, most importantly, creativity and curiosity. As such, the fellow must be skilled at interacting with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners, both within The Nature Conservancy as well as with partner organizations. Outputs will include spatially explicit data that guide conservation actions as well as scientific reports and publications. The fellow will be co-advised by senior conservation staff at The Nature Conservancy.

The Bailey Fellow will be awarded 18 months of support to work with TNC and partners. The Fellow will be mentored by staff from TNC who will help the Fellow develop and implement Northwoods research projects of priority to TNC. Our intent is to find win-win scenarios for the Fellow and TNC. Fellow will be employed by TNC and administratively based at our Michigan Field Office, in Lansing, MI which is centrally located in the “Great Lakes Research Corridor” with numerous top-ranked universities and conservation science programs located within a 150-mile radius. This is a post-doctoral position that is funded by an outside source with an annual salary of $55,000.


The fellowship will include a range of activities from research, project management and implementation, peer networking, and field learning experiences. More specifically, activities of Bailey Fellows will be characterized by:

  •    Cutting edge research in conservation science, including spatially explicit modelling.
  •    Developing new skills and knowledge through training and mentorship in conservation science, policy and/or management.
  •    Helping identify and implement innovative conservation solutions that lead to tangible, lasting, results for nature and people.
  •    Helping TNC build partnerships with academic institutions, agencies, businesses, and other NGOs in support of conservation science.


  •    Perform data analysis, including creating collecting and analyzing spatial data.
  •    Effectively manage projects.
  •    Communicate scientific ideas and findings to a wide variety of audiences in various mediums.
  •    Participate in conservation strategy discussions (strategy development, progress reporting, etc.).
  •    May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  •    Master's Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •    Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data.
  •    Experience in modeling and spatial analysis.
  •    Experience preparing reports of findings.


  •    Recently completed a PhD pertaining to ecological and/or social science in forested systems. We are specifically interested in applicants whose graduate work and professional interest center around assessments of the multiple ecosystem services derived from forested systems, including provisioning of biodiversity, water, carbon storage, timber, and other values.
  •    Success in publishing and presenting scientific findings.
  •    Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  •    Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  •    Attention to detail.
  •    Ability to meet deadlines.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    April 23, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Lansing, MI
Associated Location
101 East César E. Chávez Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906

How to Apply

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

To apply to position number 49552, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the…

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