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The Annual National Wildlife Federation EcoCareers Conference

WHEN: Mark your calendars now for EcoCareers 2018: February 21-22, 2018

WHERE: Online!

WHO: Students, faculty, and staff from high schools, colleges and universities across the country and globe!

HOW MUCH: We are currently seeking sponsors to keep costs low (if you'd like to sponsor, click here!). However, it will be free for EcoLeaders Partners and students at EcoLeader Partner institutions (learn more here).


WHAT: The NWF EcoCareers Conference prepares students and young professionals for wildlife and sustainability careers by providing information on the latest EcoCareer trends from leading analysts and employers, clarifying career enhancing credentials and academic offerings, and formulating a better understanding of the competencies employers seek in the green sector. 

The goals of the conference are:  

  1. Discover the types of jobs available in the clean economy, compensation levels, and advancement opportunities across clean economy sectors.
  2. Enhance understanding of how to develop effective career plans that include degree programs and project-based learning credentials, while becoming familiar with supportive programming offered through the NWF EcoLeaders Program.
  3. Explore online sustainability career skill resources that can help college instructors enhance academic offerings for sustainability across various disciplines.
  4. Meet others across fields interested in leading for a clean economy including, students, faculty and employers and learn about ways to support one another.

Feedback from past conference attendees:

  • Thank you once again for your time and providing me with an opportunity to become a part of this discussion. Very inspirational.
  • Great to have as a virtual conference. Saves so much time/money/carbon in the travel.
  • Great talk. Lots of specific information and places to follow up to learn more.
  • Really great insight about the soft skills and was inspirational as someone who is currently struggling to find an entry into the sustainability job field.
  • What an excellent way to attend a conference and get such needed information!
Register Today!

2018 Call for Sponsors

We are currently accepting sponsorships for the second annual EcoCareers Conference. Check out the sponsorship packages featuring great exposure opportunities for your business or organization here, or reach out to Career Center Manager, David Corsar, at to create a custom sponsorship package!

2018 Call for Presentation Proposals

If you would like to present at the next EcoCareers Conference, we have an opportunity for you! Use this form to check out the submission requirements and easily submit your idea for consideration! The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Past EcoCareer Conferences:

February 22-23, 2017



Thank you to our 2017 Conference sponsors:

Certified EcoLeader Sponsor:

Leadership Sponsor:

Additionally, we would like to thank The Kendeda Fund and Bank of America for supporting this initiative and the EcoLeaders program.

Registration Fees

2017 EcoCareer Conference Registration Fees:

  • Registered and Certified EcoLeaders - Free (to become a Certified EcoLeader, click here)
  • College Students - $45
  • High School Students - Free (for all students not part of a class viewing)
  • High School groups - Free (for educators who will host the viewing during class)
  • Professionals (includes instructors and staff) - $70
  • Groups up to 10 - $300
  • Groups of 11 to 25 - $350
  • Groups of 26 to 50 - $600

Video Archive

Post-Conference Networking Q&A (on YouTube)

MaKara Rumley Networking Q&A (Environmental Justice and Law)

Talia Schmitt Networking Q&A (Youth Education)

Day One:

Intro and Keynote:


Panel 1:


Panel 2:


Panel 3:


Keynote and Closing:


Day Two:

Intro and Panel 4 Video:


Workshop 1 Video:


Workshop 2 Video:


Workshop 3 and Closing Video: