The National Conservation Leadership Institute

Preparing extraordinary conservation leaders

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Application Period for NCLI Cohort 10 has come to an end. Applications for NCLI Cohort 11 will be accepted from February 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016.


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About the NCLI

The NCLI program design addresses a critical question, Ten years from now what will America’s success in leadership look like for natural resource conservation, and what will it take to prepare them?”

The Need
We are in a new era. A time in which the organizational guardians of our natural resource legacy find themselves facing unprecedented challenges in a rapidly changing landscape. Their challenges are exacerbated by the immense leadership void created from astounding turnover and retirements of senior leadership. An unparalleled solution is offered...the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

“Attending NCLI as a State fish and wildlife director was an incredible experience and will become a prerequisite for all of my emerging leaders.“ - Dave Chanda, Dir., New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife


MAT AFWA USFWS/NCTC National Fish And Wildlife Foundation

Our Supporters:

Supporters like these help make the NCLI possible. To learn more about each of our current supporters, please mouse over the logos to the left.


The Management Assistance Team (MAT) is a program of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). MAT staffs the NCLI. In addition, MAT supports the NCLI through in-kind donations. Outside of its service to the NCLI, MAT provides consulting and training for state fish and wildlife agencies. To learn more, click here.


The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. To learn more, click here.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is a branch of the Department of Interior, and the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is the training center for the Service. The Service and NCTC are partners with the NCLI and provide financial as well as in-kind support for the NCLI. The first of the NCLI’s two residencies is held on the NCTC campus. To learn more, click here.



National Fish And Wildlife Foundation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitats; it supports hundreds of projects across the country. NFWF is also a founding sponsor of the NCLI.

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