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Conservation Fellow

Open Space Institute, Inc.
New York City, New York (US)
Closing date
Mar 31, 2023

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Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Fellowship Goal

The Conservation Fellow is a one-year term position. The objective of the Conservation Diversity Fellowship is to introduce and advance the Fellow’s professional experience in land conservation. This will be achieved by familiarizing the Fellow via a rotation with OSI’s programs and supporting departments during their first few months and a deeper immersion in one or two programs during the second half of their time. This will be achieved by ensuring the fellow has an active role in core work with support and mentorship from the Conservation Communities Director. 

Position Summary

Conservation Fellows will join the Conservation Communities team. Fellows will rotate through each of OSI's programs and support departments partnering with colleagues and conservation leaders at the Open Space Institute to accomplish meaningful conservation goals. Specific tasks vary from year-to-year, from grantmaking to communications to park improvement projects; Fellows will work alongside OSI staff on projects related to some of the following:


  • Land Program: Conservation real estate negotiations and acquisitions
  • Parks & Policy: Access and improvements to urban parks and state parks and parks advocacy
  • Stewardship: Stewardship of protected lands and conveyance (sale, donation, easement assignment) of OSI-owned lands
  • Conservation Capital: Grants to organizations based on conservation science research for land protection and information dissemination throughout the conservation community to advance climate-based solutions
  • Equity (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion): Projects assessing, communicating, and implementing established organizational equity values and practices
  • Operations and Finance: Finance, accounting, and administration of a large non-profit organization
  • External Affairs: Communications and Development departments working with partners, funders, and the Board of Trustees to promote our work and raise funds
  • Citizen Action: A fiscal sponsorship program for grassroots startups working on environmental education and open space recreation and stewardship
  • Legal: Transactions and grants

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