Our Keynote Speakers
Recruiting Diverse Talent | This session will build on our spring trainings and discussions to share advice on how to advance equitable hiring solutions in outreach and recruitment of underrepresented candidates in the conservation sector.
Retaining Diverse Talent | This session will expand on our understanding of equitable recruitment to explore how to build welcoming, supportive environments for staff from underrepresented backgrounds.
This session will feature candidates from the spring cohort of The Bridge Project, sharing about their experiences job searching and navigating their careers in conservation. Deepening understanding of candidates' perspectives can help inform equitable hiring processes.
The affinity spaces are a chance for people from marginalized identities to connect with one another, share experiences, support one another, and reflect on how their identities show up in hiring processes and in work to advance equitable hiring. The white space is a chance to reflect on how attendees can boost efforts as allies in advancing equitable hiring, and a chance to talk through questions without creating emotional labor for people of color.
About the Bridge Project
About the Bridge Project
The Challenge: The conservation field can be hard to break into. Employers across the sector, from federal land management agencies to nonprofit conservation groups, environmental organizations, natural resource management companies, and the outdoor recreation industry struggle to connect with a talented, diverse pool of potential employees. Hiring pathways need to be more consistent and replicable, and they need to be cleared of barriers that have traditionally worked to keep underrepresented candidates from finding permanent jobs in conservation.
The Bridge Project: The Bridge Project is a public-private partnership to create an inclusive and innovative hiring pathway that will embolden and diversify conservation employment practices. The pilot event took place on May 11 and 12, 2021 with a virtual two-day peer learning and hiring event, we will work to close the gap between qualified potential employees and employers in the conservation field. Our goal is to build learning and create relationships for long-term solutions by bringing together leaders from across the sector.
The Bridge Project is action-oriented: organizations that are ready to hire for full-time positions are invited to join the virtual pilot hiring event on May 12th, and will have access to a pre-screened set of qualified applicants who have the skills to succeed. The Bridge team will recruit participants from 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) and similar programs, so that all candidates will come to the event having already had initial work experiences in conservation, recreation, natural resource management, or experiential education. The Bridge team will identify a diverse group of candidates for the event, with a focus on elevating underrepresented applicants, and will match candidates with employers based on the skills needed for each position being offered at the event.
For more information or questions about The Bridge Project, please contact The Bridge Project Manager, Hannah Malvin at email@example.com or Leandra Taylor at Leandrataylor@wildernessstewards.org.