Fellowships At 探花精选

How we're helping to create the conservation movement of the future

The 探花精选 fellowship initiative is tangible proof of 探花精选鈥檚 commitment to the future of the conservation movement and to developing the next generation of leaders. This initiative deploys听highly trained听early-career people on the front lines of 探花精选鈥檚 mission to save birds and the places they need today and tomorrow.

探花精选 fellows听are leaders-in-training听in the disciplines of environmental communications, conservation education, field organizing, field biology, public听policy, geospatial information systems, and much more. The 2018 class of 探花精选 fellows is based in New York, New York; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; Seattle, Washington; Middlebury, Vermont; and Atlanta, Georgia. To apply for an 探花精选 fellowship,听check our careers page.

Dangermond Fellowship
2016 to present

Dangermond fellows听are听being trained听for leadership roles in conservation science, public policy, and digital mapping careers. They build tools that empower scientists and policy experts听to advocate for solutions that meet human needs and protect birds and habitat at the same time.听The听Dangermond fellows improve their technical and storytelling abilities with the support and guidance of mentors, leadership, and resources at both Esri and 探花精选.

Fund II Apprenticeship
2018听to present

The Fund II Foundation Apprenticeship Program at 探花精选 is a year-long, full-time apprenticeship for diverse young leaders entering the conservation field. Apprentices will receive on-the-job training and gain opportunities for professional development. Apprentices will be placed in the following departments across the 探花精选 Network: Communications, Marketing, Policy, Grassroots Capacity, and Community Engagement. The Fund II Apprenticeship program supports 探花精选's vision to create a more diverse and inclusive conservation movement.听

Mackenzie Fellowship
2018 to present

The Mackenzie Fellowship, launched in 2018, is 探花精选鈥檚 newest fellows program. This program focuses on using nature to build leadership skills to connect kids from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conservation. The fellows听are based in 探花精选 nature centers in Arizona and Texas and are being trained in 探花精选听conservation education methods that听provide life-changing outdoor experiences to high school students.听At听its completion in 2020, 探花精选听will have launched ten new Mackenzie听leaders,听each prepared and inspired to pursue a career in conservation and outdoor education.

Schneider Fellowship
2015听to present

The Schneider Fellowship supports students working to advance climate and clean energy policy at the state and national level. Because climate solutions are complex and far-reaching, fellows have the opportunity to work with departments across the organization. Past fellows have worked to advance legislative priorities with the federal and California policy teams, develop communications materials around 探花精选鈥檚 climate science, and support responsible renewable energy siting with 探花精选鈥檚 Clean Energy Initiative. The fellowship is run through the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.

Walker Communications Fellowship
2016 to present

The Walker Communication Fellows program is an innovative vehicle for 探花精选 to learn how to elevate young voices to cultivate a more diverse, urban constituency.听The project offers 鈥痜ellows leadership training and opportunities, while 探花精选 learns from them how to connect better with them and their peers. Using social media and other digital assets, the fellows engage audiences with diverse perspectives and backgrounds through campaigns and stories. Their stories focus on topics such as how personal action leads to collective action and how environmental justice is everyone鈥檚 concern. With the help of these fellows and their insights, we believe 探花精选 can play a leading role in building听a conservation movement that is relevant, inclusive, and user-driven.

Current 探花精选 Fellows & Apprentices

Gray McKenna

Dangermond Fellow

Sam Olivares-Mejia

Dangermond Fellow

Alessandra Vidal Meza

Dangermond Fellow

探花精选 Fellowship Alumni

Anna Belk

Dangermond Fellow

Annie Cebulski

Walker Communications Fellow

Ally Chamberlin

Walker Communications Fellow

Lana Cohen

Walker Social Media Fellow

Fernando Collada

Walker Visual Storytelling Fellow

V茅ronique Couttee

V茅ronique Couttee

Knowledge Transfer and Outreach Specialist (探花精选/Ducks Unlimited Canada)

Christopher Escobedo

Schneider Policy Fellow

Elija Flores

GIS Technician

Diego Herrera

Walker Design Fellow

Keara Hudler

Mackenzie Fellow

Aqsa Junagadhwala

Dangermond Fellow

Avak Kahramanian

Senior Policy Analyst

Abigail Krump

Dangermond Fellow

Rachel Layko

Dangermond Fellow

Kawai Marin

Walker Communications Fellow

Mia McGehee

Mackenzie Fellow

Abigail Minor

Mackenzie Fellow

Mariah Neilsen

Dangermond Fellow

Khanh (Kay) Nguyen

Walker Communications Fellow

Clarissa Paz

Project Manager

Nancy Pineda-Gama

Mackenzie Fellow

Lauren Roberts

Mackenzie Fellow

Eileen Solange Rodriguez

Walker Communications Fellow

Tania Romero

Program Coordinator at 探花精选 Center at Debs Park

Gabrielle Saleh

Senior Coordinator of Social Media, 探花精选

Jose Santiago

Center Coordinator at the Discovery Center

Ray Sessley

Engagement Associate

Denaya Shorter

Trail Posse Fellow

Angela Song

Schneider Policy Fellow

Gabriella Sotelo

Walker Communications Fellow

Katherine Soto

Walker Visual Storytelling Fellow

Talia Stone

Mackenzie Fellow

Xulia Suero

Mackenzie Fellow

Louie Terrazas

Fund II Apprentice

Regina Thomas

Dangermond Fellow

Elizabeth Todd

Dangermond Fellow

Giselle Vandrick

Dangermond Fellow

Lauren Welch

Mackenzie Fellow

Alison Wenzel

Mackenzie Fellow

Mason Wiggins

Mackenzie Fellow

Fantasia Williams

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow

Tiffany Wu

Dangermond Fellow

Monica Zhang

Dangermond Fellow

Erica Goldfinger

Dangermond Fellow

Eliza Kronenberger

Dangermond Fellow

Miranda McCall

Dangermond Fellow

A Selection of Our Fellows' Work
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It's more than a bird walk: It's an inclusive experience for anyone who wants to connect to birds, the natural world, and others in a positive way.

Videos By and About Our Fellows

The Amazing Owls. Video: Christine Lin/2017 探花精选Walker Fellow

The first round of 2018 Mackenzie Fellows at 探花精选 Arizona describe their experience with the program. Video: Mike Fernandez/探花精选

Preserving an Oasis: 探花精选鈥檚 Constitution Marsh sanctuary. Video: Christina Lin/2017 探花精选 Walker Fellow
Birds That Our Fellows Have Seen
American Robin
Thrushes
Red-tailed Hawk
Hawks and Eagles
Red-winged Blackbird
Blackbirds and Orioles
Black-crowned Night Heron
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
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Roseate Spoonbill
Ibises and Spoonbills
! Priority Bird
Snail Kite
Hawks and Eagles
Burrowing Owl
Owls
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Bald Eagle
Hawks and Eagles
Blue Jay
Crows, Magpies, Jays
Black-billed Magpie
Crows, Magpies, Jays
Gray Catbird
Mockingbirds and Thrashers
Baltimore Oriole
Blackbirds and Orioles