Application Process


Applicants/nominees are responsible for submitting their application package (link near the bottom of this page) through this website between February 1 and April 15. The application package consists of these sections:

(1) A nomination letter from your Director or CEO.

(2) Applicant resume - should be two pages or less, and should only detail job experiences that highlight your leadership potential and natural resource conservation experience.

(3) Applicant essay - should be two pages or less, and should include why you're committed to natural resource conservation, the types of leadership roles you've held and/or aspire to, and should address any other scoring criteria that has not previously been addressed in your nomination or recommendation letters. Your essay should be written using your authentic voice rather than a technical style. Write the essay with sincerity and from your heart, highlighting your commitment and passion.

(4) Three recommendation letters, including one from your immediate supervisor. (If your immediate supervisor and nominator are the same person, please have them identify as such in the nomination letter and then upload that letter into both sections.)

Nomination and recommendation letters may be addressed to the NCLI. Each organization can nominate up to three individuals for consideration. 

At the end of the application period all packages are compiled and sent to a committee of NCLI Alumni who score each package. Those scores are then presented to the NCLI Board of Directors and final decisions on acceptance are made. Applicants are notified of their acceptance status through email in mid-to-late June.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Amanda Myers at

Note: NCLI will not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, or political beliefs.


Additional Information:

Considerations for Applicants



Scoring Criteria

Diversity Scholarship Fund

Applicant Mentoring

Board Policies and Procedures

2024 Informational Session Recording

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