Boot Camp

2020 Conservation Finance Boot Camp

CFN is pleased to announce our 14th annual Conservation Finance Boot Camp will be held June 22-26th, 2020, in New Haven, CT, in partnership with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. The Boot Camp is a week-long, intensive training course to help mid-career professionals utilize innovative and effective financing strategies for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship. 

Each year, our Boot Camp accepts about 30 participants. The application will be available on this page from December 11th, 2019 to January 31, 2020. The questions will also be linked in a PDF. Please take some time to review the questions and prepare your answers ahead of time before filling out the live application form. It is best to type out your responses to the essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste them into the application form to avoid losing your work.

For more information on applying to the Boot Camp, please refer to our frequently asked questions:

Who should apply?

Mid-career professionals integrating conservation finance into their land and resource conservation work, including (but not limited to) land trust and NGO professionals, public agency professionals, foundation officers, board members, private sector investors, business executives, legal counselors, and academics. Applicants who are starting or currently working on conservation finance projects that they are interested in having workshopped by peers and presenters at the course are strongly encouraged to apply. We do not generally accept current students, given the applied nature of the course.

What should I expect from the week’s activities?

The Boot Camp got its name for a reason! Sessions run from 9-5 each day, followed by networking receptions and dinners with keynote speakers that run later into the evening. Free time during the course is usually dedicated to group work on case studies or project workshopping. During the week attendees should not expect to have significant free time to complete outside work or meetings without having to miss portions of the course. Please refer to our syllabi from past years’ courses, in the lower right-hand corner of our Boot Camp Training Course webpage, to get an idea of the intensity of the schedule.  

When will I hear back?

We will communicate decisions in March. After the first round of decisions are made, we may re-open applications in the case that we have remaining seats in the course (please note: the past several years we have filled the course from our first round of applications).

How are decisions made?

Applicants are selected based on a combination of factors including the applicability of course content to their work, a demonstrated intent to apply what they learn, and cohort balance and composition.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes, if there is sufficient interest. When decisions are made in March, we will give selected applicants the option to be added to the waitlist.

Is the course open to applicants outside the United States?

We are happy to welcome participants who bring an international perspective to our course and have had many non-US attendees. However, we would like to note that the course content is based on the U.S. legal code and that we primarily draw upon domestic case studies and examples. Although some topics may be analogous to international projects, we cannot guarantee the tools and strategies covered in the source will be directly applicable to your work.

What are the costs of attending?

Tuition for the Boot Camp is $2,500. Tuition costs will include all local transportation and meals during the course. Attendees are responsible for covering costs associated with lodging and transportation to/from the course.

Are scholarships available?

Tuition scholarships may be made available for applicants whose organizations demonstrate financial need. There will be a question in the application to detail your need for a scholarship.

If you have further questions, please contact CFN Program Manager Allegra Wrocklage at awrocklage@conservation-finance.org

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Conservation Finance Boot Camp 2020
Yale University, New Haven, CT