2023 Conservation Career Panels

ESA50 Conservation Career Panels

2023 is the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, a landmark piece of legislation protecting our nation’s wildlife. In honor of this milestone, we are organizing a series of three conservation career panels for young people around the country!

We believe that it is more important than ever that talented, passionate young people enter the field of biodiversity conservation and help build a sustainable and equitable future. With that in mind, we invite high school and college students who are interested in, passionate about, or curious about conservation to join these exciting virtual panels! During the panels, students will: 

  • hear about different career options in conservation from diverse, young professionals who work in this field;
  • learn about opportunities to get involved in conservation during school and after graduation
  • have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists 
  • receive a packet of conservation career resources, including conservation specific job boards, educational resources, fellowship and training opportunities, and more at the end of the panel. 

We are excited to engage the next generation of wildlife stewards in celebrating the historic 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and looking towards the future! Learn more and register below. 


This panel is for college students who want to explore different job opportunities in the conservation field – from working at a wildlife agency or conservation nonprofit to environmental law and conservation art. Our panelists will also offer advice and resources for gaining skills and experience in the conservation field, finding and applying for jobs, and building a career. 


Tuesday, April 11th, 7 – 8:30pm Eastern Time (4 – 5:30pm Pacific Time)

  • Stephanie Kurose, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Zack Kelleher, ShoreRivers
  • Jessica Radich, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
  • Kelly Quinn, Canvas of the Wild

This panel is for high school and college students who identify as students of color and who want to connect with and hear from young leaders of color in the conservation field. Our speakers will talk about why justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the conservation field is important and discuss the unique experiences of  conservation professionals of color. Resources specifically for students of color will be highlighted and shared!


Thursday, April 13th, 7 – 8:30pm Eastern Time (4 – 5:30pm Pacific Time)

  • Alma “Rosie” Sanchez (she, her, ella), Native American Fish & Wildlife Society 
  • Campbell Simmons, The Wilderness Society
  • Guilu Murphy, The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund
  • Kalina Browne, People’s Climate Innovation Center
  • Alijana Fisher, Oregon Wild

This panel is for high school students who are interested in exploring conservation now and in the future – whether that means looking at college conservation majors, thinking about conservation careers, or getting more involved while still in high school. Our speakers will talk about navigating the high school to college transition and share advice and resources!


Tuesday, April 25th, 7 – 8:30pm Eastern Time (4 – 5:30pm Pacific Time)

  • Ariane Lemaire, Duke University Undergraduate Student
  • Alba Estrada López, Point Blue Conservation Science
  • Hayley Berliner, Trinity College Sustainability Coordinator


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