Jr. Faculty

College-age Junior Faculty Opportunities at the annual Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress (NYCALC)

NYCLAC Jr. Faculty
We invite Native college-age individuals to develop leadership and career-readiness skills as Junior Faculty at Native Youth Climate Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC). 
Junior Faculty members serve as essential personnel during the weeklong congress. Typically, they arrive two days early for pre-event training, then attend workshops and serve as mentors to Native high school NYCALC participants during the event. 
Opportunities don’t end there! Junior Faculty may apply to serve as “Trainer Team” members for the following year, where they can receive additional leadership training and help train upcoming Junior Faculty.
Those interested in participating as Junior Faculty should submit a nomination form and résumé, and connect with a federal agency, Tribe, or community organization that will sponsor them. Sponsors cover travel expenses to and from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center campus in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as well as food and lodging.

Check back in winter 2023 to access the 2024 Junior Faculty nomination form.

NYCALC Mission

To develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities


The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), collaborates with multiple federal, tribal, and non-governmental organizations to offer an experiential, youth-driven conservation leadership training for native high school and college-aged youth—NYCALC.

The Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) coordinates the inspirational 16-member NYCALC Core Team to innovate, implement, and invest their funds into NYCALC.

NCTC hosts the annual program on its campus in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Photos by U.S. Fish and Wildlife
This program is created in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Forest Service, and New Mexico Wildlife Federation.