The Land Stewardship Fellowship is a unique opportunity to challenge and enhance your natural resource background through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Working side-by-side with experienced staff, fellows will assist with management activities on the foundation’s 2,000-acre property. Surrounding Aldo Leopold’s famous Shack, the property has both restored and remnant native Wisconsin habitat ranging from prairies to floodplain forests to sedge meadows to oak savannas. This diverse outdoor classroom provides opportunities to learn first-hand about native plant communities, identify threats to native landscapes, and gain effective tools and strategies to efficiently manage a number of diverse ecosystems. As seasons change, management focuses on different activities including invasive species control, prescribed burning, monitoring, prairie planting, and more. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with both a diverse range of conservation professionals and the Leopold family, who play active roles in guiding and executing the foundation’s mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist with land management activities on the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. This includes but is not limited to prescribed fire, herbaceous and woody invasive species treatment, timber stand improvement, prairie planting and establishment, brush management, plant identification, mowing etc.
- Document management activities in summary reports, grant tracking documents, etc.
- Maintain ALF equipment and vehicles. Includes routine maintenance, shop organization, equipment repair, etc.
- Attend professional development trainings focusing on the seven core areas of the Future Leaders Program. These trainings will constitute approximately 20% of the total fellowship hours.
- Provide support and logistics for on-site programming including crane congregation tours, property tours for outside groups, Shack tours, educational programming, front desk staffing, etc.
- Become familiar with the life and work of Aldo Leopold and his family. Explore your own connection to and understanding of land thics.
- Become familiar with the work of all foundation staff and how each member contributes to the mission.
- Other tasks as assigned.