Launching Conservation Careers


WGF's Conservation Pathways Program

WGF’s Conservation Pathways Program seeks to engage and support young people from all backgrounds and abilities in conservation and environmental careers. This brand new scholarship program is centered on inclusion, with an emphasis on creating equitable learning environments that support students. We built this program to allow all students - particularly those who have been historically excluded or underrepresented in conservation and environmental fields to feel that they belong and can succeed in these fields.

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WGF Student Advisory Group at 2019 Annual Meeting


  • For students interested in exploring careers in the conservation or environmental fields
  • One year program
  • $1000 scholarship
  • Paired mentorship with a junior and senior WGF member
  • Cohort-based activities and professional development opportunities
  • Participation in WGF field trips and events

Now Accepting Applications for the 2022-2023 Program

At this time, we are only accepting applications from students enrolled in programs at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College and Nicolet College. We expect to expand this scholarship opportunity to other schools in the future.

Please read the following details on how to apply. We will select 6 students across the two schools to participate in our first cohort. Once selections are made, candidates will be notified, and the program will launch in mid-October 2022.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time

Required Application Materials:

  1. Completed Application form (requires MS Word)
  2. Two letters of recommendation from a previous employer, instructor, and/or mentor. Each letter should be no longer than 1 page in length and briefly describe why you would make a good candidate for the scholarship program, your work ethic, career and/or education ambitions.

Please submit all application materials (with "Conservation Pathways Program application" in the subject line) via email to

For questions related to the program or application, please contact Sarah Peterson, WGF Science Director, at