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Applications now being accepted for the January Conservation Leadership Practicum.

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What: Two-week leadership and project implementation training program

When: January 12-23, 2010

Where: Monterey, California

The Monterey Institute Conservation Leadership Practicum’s mission is to provide conservation projects world-wide with students and professionals trained in relevant and practical skills for successful environmental project management and leadership.

Course Structure

The two weeks are divided into ten key skill areas taught by Monterey Institute professor Jeffrey Langholz and leading local and global conservation practitioners. CLP trainers are qualified professionals in the field from such organizations as Foundations of Success, Pact, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Big Sur Land Trust.

The program concentrates on the formation of theoretical and technical leadership. A sample program schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Leadership in Project Design

Monday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Understanding the Conservation Project Cycle and
Creating Meaningful Mission Statements
Trainer: Jeff Langholz

Tuesday  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Using Comprehensive Site Assessment Tools
Trainer: Jeff Langholz

Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Creating Conservation Management Plans
Trainer: Jeff Langholz

Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Project Monitoring and Evaluation 1
Trainer: TBD, Foundations of Success

Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Project Monitoring and Evaluation 2
Trainer: TBD, Foundations of Success

Week 2 – Leadership in Project ImplementationMonday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Building Project Teams and Boards and Leadership Ethics
Trainer: Jeff Langholz

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Financial Management for Conservation Leaders 1
Trainer: Guillermo Rivero, Pact

Wednesday  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Financial Management for Conservation Leaders 2
Trainer: Guillermo Rivero, Pact

Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Effective Outreach and Media Relations
Trainer: Jeff Langholz, Monterey Institute

Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Skills: Conflict Resolution
Trainer: Jeff Langholz, Monterey Institute

A “Meet the Leaders” session will convene throughout the course to allow students contact time with local conservation leaders to ask questions about the material, broaden their professional networks, and see how the skills apply in a real world context.

Other Activities

Located in historic downtown Monterey, just blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Institute campus provides access to a wide range of activities. Participants take advantage of their time in beautiful Monterey with weekend hikes in Big Sur, visits to Carmel, and group outings in the evenings.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for the certificate in Conservation Leadership will be packaged with spring semester tuition for Monterey Institute students. MIIS students can apply for a 4-unit CLP course for spring 2009 that includes deliverables completed during the training. In addition to the 4-unit CLP course, participants can continue their research by applying for a 2-unit directed study course with Prof. Langholtz.

Applicant Eligibility

Those with a strong interest in conservation and environmental management are eligible to apply for the CLP. Monterey Institute students in any degree program may apply. Outside participants who are advanced undergraduates, graduate students, or professionals are also encouraged to apply.

Apply online today at

Academic Credit

Participants can earn up to 6 units of academic credit in conjunction with the Certificate in Conservation Leadership. Credit for Monterey Institute students will be included in the cost of spring tuition. Students who are not enrolled at the Monterey Institute may also avail themselves of this option. Please contact your home institution for eligibility.

For more information visit our website at and/or attend our DPMI-CLP information session on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00-7:30pm in MG 102.

Contact Information

CLP Program Coordinator

Carolyn Taylor
Special Programs Manager

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