Bailey Conservation Fellow

The Nature Conservancy

Lansing, Michigan

Job Type Student / postdoc
Salary Details 55000
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Michigan team! 

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in modeling and spatial analysis.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.

Preferred Qualifications   

  • 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.

With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in human settled areas including cities.  Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses. We create partnerships to apply nature-based solutions to both climate change and the meeting of human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale.

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 all genders, 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.


If you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, then please visit to learn more. Please note that the position will be located in Lansing, MI.

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