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Post-baccalaureate Conservation Fellowship

New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
May 17, 2022

Position Details

Position Information

Post-baccalaureate Conservation Fellowship

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

Job Type
Term Appointment

Position Summary

The FWRI seeks a Post-baccalaureate Conservation Fellow, who is responsible for supporting programs and activities of the Conservation Science Center. The goal of this position/program is to build youth capacity to lead the conservation on New Mexico landscapes and natural resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

This 18-month position is designed as an early career capacity building apprenticeship to prepare young adults for their first position with a state/federal agency, community organization or graduate school. This position combines the development of professional skills andlife skills and serves as a pathway for the next generation of resilient STEM leaders in New Mexico. This is a term position and fellows are expected to leave the organization after 18 months. No applicant is expected to have all the desired skills, and on-the-job learning is expected. Anyone who meets the minimum requirements is encouraged to apply.

· Co-develop and implement outdoor place-based STEM education for local youth (Grades 6-12)
· Attend and participate in relevant communities of practice, e.g., Environmental Education New Mexico public meetings, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance service projects, Albuquerque Wildlife Federation service projects, speaker series, etc.
· Crew-lead and supervise summer interns, including project planning, landowner communications, vehicle, and equipment logistics, ensuring data collection integrity, drafting landowner reports, etc.
· Support NMHU undergraduate research by providing near-peer mentorship, field expertise, trainings, and basic data analyses guidance
· Organize CSC webinar/workshop series by contacting speakers and managing logistics and invites
· Participate in external professional development training and conferences, as opportunities are available
· Participate in on-going internal professional development on science identity, DEIJ workshops, examining STEM approaches for under-served audiences, human dimensions in conservation, etc.
· Cooperate, collaborate and support NMFWRI staff as needed
· Document, compile and develop narratives about CSC programs for public information specialist
· Manage CSC photo/video/equipment/book/herbarium portfolio
· Perform additional duties as assigned by the program manager

Minimum Job Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the following characteristics:
Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a STEM major, or a closely related field
Experience: Strong familiarity of New Mexico culture and communities

Preferred Qualifications

Highly desirable candidates can demonstrate the following characteristics:
Education: STEM graduate from NMHU
Experience: Bilingual- Spanish

Special Conditions for Eligibility

· Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License. Selection of an out-of-state candidate will require possession of a valid New Mexico Driver’s License within sixty (60) days of employment
· Must be willing to occasionally work weekends, evenings, and odd hours, as required
· Must be willing to travel, at times on remote roads
· Continued employment is contingent on grant funding

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Ability to work in an outdoor environment
· Knowledge of common field techniques and data collection used in forest, rangeland, or wetland ecosystems
· Ability to engage local youth in science immersion activities
· Ability to learn about various facets in conservation
· Ability to collaborate, learn, test, and adapt techniques, approaches, and programs
· Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and community members
· Skills in basic computer software (Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook)
· Knowledge, skills, and experience of New Mexico landscapes, communities, and culture
· Ability to work productively and collegially with a diverse set of colleagues representing an array of disciplines

Physical Demands

· Sitting: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
· Standing: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
· Walking:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frequently
· Bending:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
· Squatting:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
· Climbing:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
· Kneeling:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
· Lifting up to 20 pounds:. . . . . . . . . . . . . Occasionally
· Lifting greater than 20 pounds:. . . . . . . Seldom

Working Environment

Work is performed in an office on the campus of a regional public university, and at outdoor field sites primarily in the Mora and Gallinas watersheds. The possibility for hybrid work combining office and telework exists, if appropriate.
The mission of the FWRI is to promote practices that advance adaptive management, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and improve ecosystem function. The FWRI is one of three Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes ( SWERI ), with partner institutes in Arizona and Colorado, and collaborates in the Forest Restoration Triangle ( FORT ) with the NMHU Forestry Department, the only SAF -accredited forestry department in New Mexico, and with the New Mexico State University John T. Harrington Lab in Mora, NM.
The FWRI is located on the campus of Highlands University in historic Las Vegas, NM. Highlands University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, offers a comprehensive education to a diverse student body, and Highlands faculty are actively involved in research, service and outreach. Las Vegas is located at the foot of the picturesque Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and offers small-town charm, a healthy environment and abundant year-round outdoor recreation opportunities in nearby national forests, state parks, and wildlife refuges. Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, is an easy 60-minute drive to the west, and Taos and Albuquerque can be reached in less than two hours.

Pay Rate

Work Location/Campus Center
Las Vegas, NM Campus

EEO Statement

New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.

For disabled access or services call 505-454-3242 or email

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Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

Applicants should please submit 1) a cover letter of interest, describing their interest in conserving New Mexico’s natural resources; 2) a resume; 3) the names and contact information for three (3) professional references; 4) unofficial transcripts for completed undergraduate degree. In addition, applicants must complete the NMHU Employment Application.
Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts. References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.
To apply, go to and click on the “Staff” link, then on the link for Post-baccalaureate Conservation Fellowship. Submit all materials through this website.
For disabled access or services, call (505) 454-3242 or email
New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.
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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/ Letter of Interest
  3. Unofficial Transcripts Conferring Required Degree
  4. List of Three Professional References with Name, Address and E-Mail
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