Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Conservation Leadership opportunities

Training Courses

SCB Africa Section Communications/Mentoring Program 
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Africa Section Communications/Mentoring Program (funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) is enrolling new sets of mentors and mentees to participate in the eight month mentoring program. Enrolment exercise will commence from March to June 2011. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity of upcoming African Conservation Biologists to write proposals and publish their research in international peer-reviewed journals. For more information visit:

Smithsonian Institution – Graduate and Professional Training Courses
The National Zoo is dedicated to furthering the education of current and future conservation professionals, including graduate students, scientists, resource managers, educators, industry representatives and staff of government and non-government organizations. Smithsonian staff and research associates have offered training courses on a variety of topics for over three decades. Building on the world-renowned training courses of the Smithsonian, new opportunities for graduates and professionals are now being offered. Courses offered include:
*Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis, and Remote Sensing for Conservation: March 14-25, 2011
*Species Monitoring and Conservation: Terrestrial Mammals: April 18-29, 2011
*Effective Conservation Leadership: May 3-13, 2011
*Non-invasive Genetic Techniques in Wildlife Conservation: May 22-27, 2011
*Adaptive Management for Conservation Success: June 6-17, 2011
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10th International NCCR Climate Summer School-Climate Change, Extremes and Ecosystem Services, September 4-9, 2011. 
The Summer School invites young researchers from all fields of climate research. The courses cover a broad spectrum of climate and climate impact research issues and foster cross-disciplinary links. Each topic includes keynote plenary lectures and workshops with in-depth discussion in smaller groups. All summer school participants present a poster of their research and there will be ample opportunity for discussion. The Summer School is open to young researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) worldwide. Participation is highly competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 70. The registration fee (1200 CHF) includes half board accommodation, excursion and teaching material. A small number of grants will be available for students from developing countries (i.e. non-OECD countries). For more information visit:

International training of trainers on wetland management, Wageningen, The Netherlands, June 20-July 8, 2011. 
One of the difficulties identified in wetland management is the division of management responsibilities between different administrative authorities in a river basin. This often results in fragmented and competitive approaches to water resources planning and management. The primary condition for achieving integrated wetland management is the willingness of sectoral stakeholders to work together. To achieve the necessary cooperation, stakeholders in a catchment area need to be able to understand each other clearly. Steps to achieve understanding of the various views, and to explore how far such separate views can be shared, will be one of the main issues covered within this course. For more information visit:

MSc in Climate Change & Development/Climate Change & Policy, Scholarships available, Universtiy of Sussex
The Masters programmes in climate change at the University of Sussex aim to provide state-of-the-art training for this expanding market. The University is renowned for its agenda-setting reputation in interdisciplinary teaching and research of development, science and policy studies. You will be taught climate change science and policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives, by people who have played key roles advising non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and governmental and intergovernmental bodies on climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information visit:

WCS Online Professional Development Courses for Educators 
Wildlife Conservation Society’s Professional Development Department invites K-12 educators to take a wallk on the wild side. Whether teaching for schools or non-traditional settings, our Online Teacher Training Courses offer something for every teacher! These courses conveniently enhance your understanding of the living world and revitalize your love for nature and science. Entirely online, these six-week courses provide unique opportunities to examine the life sciences of zoology, ecology and conservation, through topics including predators, marine biology, habitat ecology, and climate connections. For more information visit:

Conservation Leadership through Learning, Master of Science, Colorado State University
Applications will be accepted for Fall 2012 starting in mid-Fall 2011
Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a 17-month Masters of Science specialization that will prepare you to be a part of the next generation of conservation leaders. Maybe you are working in conservation right now and are looking to recharge your career. Or perhaps you are just back from Peace Corps or AmeriCorps or trading in environmental markets on Wall Street and want to further your knowledge of international conservation and development work. For more information visit:

MPhil in Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge
The new MPhil degree in Conservation Leadership is a full-time, one-year, masters course, aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of relevant experience. The unique feature of this course will be its delivery by a partnership between several university departments and conservation organizations based around Cambridge. Consequently, the course aims to deliver a world-class and interdisciplinary education in Conservation Leadership that is not available elsewhere. The course will admit its first students in October 2010. For more information visit:

Course on Cross Sector Collaboration-IUCN
The most demanding public problems we face cannot be solved using only our conventional methods of decision-making. The problems we face are too complex, too tangled and too fast moving. Some of these problems – managing natural resources, creating sustainable agriculture, developing a stronger economic base, delivering health care, ensuring the safety of communities, or improving public education, to name just a few – require more adaptive, disciplined and productive cooperation processes. Solving them has to be a team sport.

This fast-paced and highly interactive training course is designed for organizations, experts, and leaders from community, government and business who want to organize specific collaborative efforts that avoid unproductive decision-making. The course requires advance preparation and can be tailored to specific issues and challenges. For more information visit:

WildCRU's 2011 Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice
This newly established eight month full-time course is designed to enhance the skills of conservation practitioners, teaching field, analytical, planning and reporting techniques necessary for effective conservation research and action. The course focuses on survey and analysis methods commonly used in the study of felids and other mammals in the developing world. Teaching methods will focus on problem-solving, case-studies and hands-on practice, and students will complete two small research projects, for which they can use their own data if available. The transferable skills section of the course includes giving verbal presentations, reporting to scientists, donors and the public, and writing proposals and grant applications. Various levels of financial support are available. For more information visit:

Conservation Strategy Fund Courses
Conservation Strategy Fund gives conservation professionals economic skills that are key for success in protecting the environment. We strive to equip every participant in our courses with a solid understanding of economic fundamentals, fluency in the language of economics, and an ability to identify the best opportunities to apply economics to conservation practice. Since 1999, we have trained over 800 people from 90 countries. For more information visit:

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Our aim is to equip course participants with the skills, understanding and contacts necessary to save threatened species from extinction. Our courses are designed to develop participants’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. In order to be effective, conservationists need to be able to work with experts in other disciplines, such as development and anthropology. Therefore our courses encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and the development of professional networks to provide support for participants once they return home. Courses offered include: Facilitator Skills Workshop, Introduction to GIS, Captive Breeding and Conservation Husbandry of Birds, Endangered Species Recovery Course and more. For more information visit:

ConservationTraining.org--GIS and Climate Change (REDD) online courses 
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