Amazing Opportunity for Land Conservation

Have a love for nature? The Butler Koshland Fellowship program is accepting applications for a “fellow” to work with David Sutton, the Northern California Director of the Trust for Public Land. He or she will help “create public and protected lands, and make them available for meaningful use to all the people of California.” Take a look at the description:

The Butler Koshland Fellowship program is looking for an independent, intelligent, and highly motivated person to serve as a fellow to David Sutton, Northern California Director of the Trust for Public Land, and to learn first-hand the community building and negotiation skills necessary to the most successful land conservation programs. The fellow will be exposed to both the technical and relationship building aspects of land conservation, and will have the opportunity to observe and often participate in all phases of the land conservation process.

The fellow will work out of the Trust for Public Land’s San Francisco offices, and will also spend a significant amount of time traveling in northern California, especially in the Sierra region.

The Butler Koshland Fellowship is a unique program designed to pass on leadership skills and knowledge in the nonprofit and public service sectors through personal mentorship. We match professionals of exceptional ability who have a passion for social justice with an ambitious younger person who is not only ready to absorb information, but also is driven to share it with others. All fellowships are for a period of one year and require that both the mentor and mentee be ready, willing and able to grow and whole-heartedly learn from one another during this immersive process.

Beginning as soon as February 2010, the fellow would work under the close direction and guidance of Mr. Sutton on several land conservation projects and initiatives. The fellow will also have significant interaction with external professionals who are involved with buying and conserving land: landowners, government agency representatives, elected officials, non-profit organizations, attorneys, appraisers, and planners, as well as the individual and foundation donors who make this work possible.

Representative projects include:
1/ MacArthur Swamp, PG&E. Mr. Sutton represents the Trust for Public Land (TPL) on the board of the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, a body created by the PG&E bankruptcy settlement in 2003 to determine how best to protect in perpetuity approximately 140,000 acres of PG&E lands across northern California. At MacArthur Swamp, the Stewardship Council is working with Shasta County, local community leaders, local Native American tribes, the ranching community and others to determine who best to own and manage this 7,000-acre wetlands and grasslands resource;
2/ Little Truckee River headwaters. TPL is one of five members of the Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP), together with The Nature Conservancy, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Feather River Land Trust and Sierra Business Council. The NSP is working across a 6 million acre region in the northern Sierra to insure a sustainable landscape of forests, grasslands and local communities. TPL is particularly focused on protecting the headwaters of the Little Truckee River and other portions of the Sierra Checkerboard through a combination of fee acquisitions, conservation easements and management agreements, by working with willing landowners, federal, state and local agencies, community leaders, philanthropists, and of course the other NSP members.

Because the duties to be assigned are so varied, this position demands a fellow with an equally diverse set of skills and personality traits, including: intellectual agility, strong interpersonal skills, curiosity, strong verbal and written communication abilities, basic computer and mathematical skills, acumen for complex research, sense of humor, and cultural sensitivity. Applicants also must be adept at organizing both their own work and the work of others, have practical experience in making things happen, and know when to be discrete. Candidates should have a serious desire to create public and protected lands, and make them available for meaningful use to all the people of California.

Candidates must have several years of professional work experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your qualifications and interest in this fellowship. A demonstrated interest in land conservation – via internship, educational background, prior work experience, and the like – must be demonstrated in all applications.

Please send all applications via email to with the subject line “Sutton Fellowship.” Only those chosen to interview will be contacted. Please do not contact the Trust for Public Land.

The Butler Koshland Fellowship is open to all applicants. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The fellow will be paid $40,000 for the year. A flex-time schedule of 40 hours per week, plus periodic travel is required.

As you can see, the Butler Koshland Fellowship is offering a great career for those with the aspiration to conserve nature. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!