Informational interviews are a chance to connect with a professional in your field of interest to learn about what they do, how they got there, and ask questions for advice about your career path. You are invited to connect with a staff member from The Wilderness Society, the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places, for an informal interview.

In an effort to reduce those barriers to access and demystify the conservation job search, we’re excited to launch a partnership between Natural Leaders Network, The Wilderness Society, and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni Network. By bringing young leaders from communities of color to the table with Wilderness Society Staff for a series of webinars and informational interviews, we hope that these leaders will be better able to discover, identify, and pursue careers in the conservation field that excite them.

By Hanna Innocent

When I first got into conservation it was thanks to the likes of many famous environmentalists with TV shows like Steve Irwin, Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin, etc. When I moved away to college I learned of more environmentalists, naturalists, and scientists who contributed a lot to the history of conservation. However, while I was learning and absorbing information, some very important people were left out of the mix. I’ve grown to know of many “pioneers” and “important” people in the conservation field, but I can’t recall any of these people looking like me.