Frequently Asked Questions

Conservation Leadership Practicum

How do I apply?

The online application is not yet available. Please complete an interest form so that we can contact you when the application is available.

What is the content of CLP?

We teach ten skills in ten days. Below is a preliminary breakdown of the course., Please note: the schedule may change as we finalize details. The skill sets, however remain constant. Check back for updates.




  • Understanding the Conservation Project Cycle
  • Creating Meaningful Mission Statements
  • Using Comprehensive Site Assessment Tools
  • Creating Conservation Management Plans
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation 1
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation 2
  • Weekend Off (Enjoy Monterey)
  • Building Project Teams and Boards
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Financial Management for Conservation Leaders 1
  • Financial Management for Conservation Leaders 2
  • Effective Outreach and Media Relations
  • Conflict Resolution + Wrap-up and Evaluations
Can I receive credit for CLP?

Monterey Institute students who successfully complete CLP and wish to obtain academic credit for their experience may do so if they enroll in specially designated classes for CLP participants at the Monterey Institute, tuition for which is included in the spring semester. Students who are not enrolled at the Monterey Institute may also avail themselves of this option at their home institution. Please contact your home institution for eligibility.

Whom do I contact with questions about the program?

Carolyn Taylor
Special Programs Manager

When is the application deadline?

The 2012 CLP application is not yet available. Please complete an interest form and we will contact you when the application is available.

What materials are required for the course?

The pre-readings will be supplied in electronic form to admitted students one month prior to the course. An electronic syllabus will also be provided with links to readings. Additional handouts and materials will be distributed in class. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to each session and to download a copy of Miradi Software.

Is there financial aid available for the CLP?

There are no scholarships at this time for CLP. However, you may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of loans to cover the tuition fee for the program if you take CLP for academic credit. If you are a Monterey Institute student, please see the Office of Student Financial Planning to learn more about your individual options. Non-Monterey Institute students should contact Carolyn Taylor at 831-647-6417 for more information on financial aid options.

Participants are encouraged to seek outside scholarships to cover the costs of the program. Those individuals who are currently working for conservation organizations may apply directly to their places of work for reimbursement of tuition fees.

Are all sessions taught with the same content/instructors?

The main instructor is Dr. Jeff Langholz, who will be teaching (along with local leaders) the following sessions: Understanding the Conservation Project Cycle, Writing Meaningful Mission Statements, Using Comprehensive Site Assessment Tools, Creating Conservation Management Plans, Building Project Teams and Boards, Leadership Ethics, Effective Outreach and Media Relations, and Conflict Resolution.

A leader from Foundations of Success will teach sessions on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, and an instructor from Root Change will teach the Financial Management sessions.

What are the application requirements? Am I eligible?

If you are an enrolled Monterey Institute student, you may simply fill out the application and submit it electronically. All other participants submit the application form with a resume, recent transcript, and statement of purpose attached.

Participants who have completed at least two years of undergraduate work, and have a demonstrated interest in conservation and environmental issues are welcomed to apply. This program is for junior professionals, advanced undergraduates, and graduate students.

When is CLP offered?

The Conservation Leadership Practicum will be held for two weeks during the month of January 2012 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies campus in Monterey, CA. Exact dates will be announced in May 2012.