Interested in diversity and conservation? DDCS is now recuiting for summer 2015

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is recruiting students for Summer 2015 The goal of this multi-year conservation immersion program is to broaden participation within conservation, and diversify what it means to be a “conservation professional.”

So what can you do to help DDCSP@UW find its next generation of conservation leaders?

  • Post the attached flyer in your department and outside your office
  • Share this information with your students who might be interested in and a good fit for this program (target audience below)
  • Share this information with your colleagues who teach courses from which we might be able to draw students
  • Direct interested students, faculty, and staff to the website, where they can sign up to receive email updates about the program:

We’re looking for 25 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8 week immersion course this summer.  Our program starts in Seattle and travels to various ExUrban (wildlands and rural) landscapes in Washington addressing urban conservation issues. Scholars don’t have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic – incipient change-makers.  Because the program is geared for students early in their college careers, we are only able to take freshmen and sophomores.  If you know of an upper-level undergraduate student or a beginning graduate student looking for an internship, please direct them to the George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change, a program sponsored by the UW College of the Environment and the National Park Service.

Conservation Scholars will:

  • Explore conservation across urban, managed, and protected environments
  • Connect conservation to cultural heritage and environmental justice
  • Understand conservation in the context of food, water, biodiversity and climate
  • Network with conservation professionals from agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions

The Year 1 experience, Classroom in the Field, starts on June 22, 2015. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000. Year 1 Scholars may be invited to join a Conservation Practices Team, or receive a prestigious Conservation Internship in subsequent summers.

You can learn more about the program at

Our application will close on January 29th. Please strongly encourage any freshmen and sophomores who might find this program impactful to check out the website and apply, and please let us know at if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a time to talk with us.


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