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.



  • 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
WGF Student Advisory Group at 2019 Annual Meeting

Applications are open until January 31, 2023 for our next cohort

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.

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.

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