(From left to right) Fellow Katherine Hogan, Director of Science Chris Helzer, and Fellow Eric Chien.
Hubbard Fellows: (From left to right) Fellow Katherine Hogan, Director of Science Chris Helzer, and Fellow Eric Chien. ©: Rob McKim

Stories in Nebraska

Follow the Fellows

The Nature Conservancy celebrates five years of Hubbard Fellowship.

It’s a dilemma faced by many recent graduates—you can’t find a job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.

The Nature Conservancy started the Claire M. Hubbard Young Leaders in Conservation Fellowship Program in Nebraska in 2013 with a gift from the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. It’s a one-year program for two selected recent college graduates in conservation-related fields, headquartered at the Platte River Prairies in Nebraska.

So far, eight Fellows have graduated—and all found work in their desired fields.

“The Hubbard Fellowship provides broad, real-world experiences and practical skills to supplement a college education," said Chris Helzer, Director of Science for the Nebraska Program. "They learn a lot: prairie restoration and management planning, species identification and research, field monitoring, volunteer management, budgeting, fundraising, grant-writing, and whatever topics appeal to them individually.”

Each fellow designs and carries out their own independent project.

“As I move on to my new job survey streams on public lands across the western United States, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Hubbard Fellowship," said Dillon Blankenship, 2014-2015 Hubbard Conservation Fellow. "I leave as an advocate for Great Plains conservation, and I look forward to the days when I will again experience the incredible landscapes and people of Nebraska.”

The application period for the sixth round of the fellowship (February 2019–January 2020) is open now. Go to nature.org/careers and search for job #46787.  Deadline for application is September 21, 2018.

  • Dillon Blankenship and Jasmine Cutter, pictured at Nebraska's Wildcat Hills, south of Gering, Nebraska.

    More About the Hubbard Fellowship

    Hear more about this opportunity from current and former fellows. Read more.