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Building collaborative and cross generational relationships between emerging environmental leaders and veteran conservationists.







An Equal Partnership: Young professionals gain access to the guidance, advice, and support they are searching for while giving seasoned conservationists the opportunity to guide and empower the next generation while gaining new insights and energy into their work.

Mentee Matt Williams, United Kingdom, shares his experience in
the CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme

“Mike [mentor] was able to give me some great advice on different techniques, strategies, techniques, to make the transition from one job, and even one organization to another, smoother and to make the most of that opportunity, as well.
It was really fantastic being able to connect with him over Skype, have really interesting and informative conversations. (…) We’ve established, what I would say, is a friendship that will last beyond the course of the mentoring scheme.”
Jordi (Mentee): “It’s been extremely informative for me to compare conservation challenges around the world. (…) It has helped me a lot to talk to
Casey and to also see that even in the US people are facing the same struggles. (…) By talking to
our mentors, we can learn about the positive things that they’ve been through but we can also learn about also the mistakes they made. It
makes a difference for us as young professionals
to be able to actually talk to someone who is more senior then you.”
Casey (Mentor): “Jordi and I realized how similar the social aspects of conservation are. (…) Mentoring is important to me because I had great mentors when I was a young biologist and I want to help equip other young people in conservation to thrive personally professionally.”

Mentee JORDI VAN OORT and mentor Casey Burns share their experiences in the CoalitionWILD Mentorship Programme


The CoalitionWILD Global Mentorship Program provides sustained engagement, avenues to build confidence and capability, opportunities to learn from challenges and celebrate successes, and works to bridge the gap between generations. We’re looking to do more than just develop leadership skills in our mentees – this Mentorship Program is about a collaborative and equal partnership between participants built on mutual trust and respect.
Participants in the program are not required to complete a project, task, or reports. Rather, we will encourage both the Mentor and Mentee to set personal and professional goals for their 12-month experience in the programme with their partner during their first two meetings. CoalitionWILD will place an emphasis on co-learning, co-creating, and co-mentoring throughout the program, highlighting the importance of cross-generational interactions and conversations.

Why you should apply as Mentee: Many people, who are successful in what they do, state as one reason that they had a good mentor. A mentor, who told them not only how to survive but how to thrive in their respective fields of work, who shared his experience and tricks of the trade, introduced them to peers and other potential colleagues, and whose feedback on working style, attitude, technical knowledge, methodologies etc. was simply invaluable for their progress and future career. This program helps you to find a mentor, with whom you can enter into a fruitful exchange and from whom you can learn more. 
Why you should apply as Mentor: Being successful in what we do is not only measured by our outputs, reports, implemented projects, or funds raised, but also by how we part our knowledge with future generations. Supporting young conservationists in their worthwhile endeavours may secure indeed a kind of legacy, as it enables and supports our future leaders and gives them the opportunity to apply your lessons learned right away, without too many detours. In turn, you may also learn from this exchange, which may offer you a new perspective on long-term challenges and ideas. This program gives you the chance to share your experience to shape future leaders and to learn about new methods and ideas from young conservationists.


Participants come from countries all over the world, which allows for a sharing of global best practices.



Core to the program is encouraging dynamic dialogue surrounding intergenerational knowledge sharing.


This program builds a foundation for on-going support between pairs and participants even after it ends.


Mentors should hold at least 10 years of experience in a related environmental field or topic. 
Mentees must be 35 years of age or younger on 1 July 2020.  

Call for Applications for the Mentorship Program only take place once a year. The next application period is tentatively scheduled for October 2021. Sign up for our newsletters to be alerted.

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