Wildlife Leadership Academy

Are you interested in wildlife or fisheries and habitat conservation? 

The Wildlife Leadership Academy has opened its Youth Conservation Ambassador nomination process to the public and is currently seeking referrals of motivated students ages 14 to 17 to become Certified Conservation Ambassadors. Nominations are now being accepted online here. Letters will be sent to nominated students, with an invitation to apply to the 2016 program.


Accepted nominees will become certified Conservation Ambassadors through attending one of five 5-day residential summer field schools which will focus on white-tailed deer, brook trout, ruffed grouse, black bear, and one species to be determined. Students in each field school will gain extensive knowledge about wildlife/fisheries and conservation, leadership experience, and communication skills. Applicants must be nominated by an adult that is not a relative (teacher, school counselor, advisor, employer, youth group leader, etc.).

Our Conservation Ambassadors receive:

  • Letters of Recommendation from the Executive Director for college applications;
  • Certification of community service work, and,
  • Certificates designating them as Conservation Ambassadors.

PLUS, Conservation Ambassadors are also eligible to:

  • Receive 3 College Credits from Cedar Crest College;
  • Apply to become a Youth Mentor and return to the program tuition free the following year;
  • Compete for college scholarships;
  • Attend college visit days at colleges and universities that have wildlife and conservation programs; and,
  • Join an Academy Alumni Network of 100+ wildlife, fisheries, and conservation professionals.

The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations whose mission is to connect people, nature and community.

For more information, contact Institute Director, Michele Kittell, at mkittell@piceweb.org (570) 245-8518 or Program Coordinator, Katie Cassidy atkcassidy@piceweb.org or (570) 939-5109.  You can also connect with the Academy online at www.PICEweb.org or visit their Facebook

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