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The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship was created as a long-term commitment to addressing racial diversity and inclusion inequities within the environmental sector in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy, Greenpeace, EDF, NRDC, Oceana, Rare and the Environmental Leadership Program as the organization staffing the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program. Through participation in this partnership, each of the organizations seek to provide people of color with equitable career pathways into marine conservation.

Our Fellowship Program offers on the job leadership and skill training, regional and national networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. The RAY Conservation Fellowship seeks to equip the next generation of leaders with the support and resources to develop successful careers within the conservation field.  Fellows will be placed with one of our partner organizations for a one year paid fellowship starting June 15, 2016. Fellowship positions will be based in the Washington D.C area, will be paid and will receive health insurance, benefits and a professional development grant. Each fellow will also receive formal mentorship and have access to a variety of professional networks.


All Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have recently graduated from college with an undergraduate degree (within 12 months of June 2016). We are currently not accepting applications from graduate students.

  • Have the ability to work in the United States

  • Have demonstrated leadership capacity

  • Have shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.

The RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship looks for applicants that demonstrate:

  • Passion and capacity to exercise leadership and respond to social and environmental challenges

  • Willingness to actively contribute to the program as well as take advantage of its benefits

  • Commitment to the values of diversity and justice within the environmental and social change fields

  • The ability and desire to remain an active member of the RAY Fellows Network after the conclusion of the year-long Fellowship

  • Eagerness to connect with and learn from others

Deadline to Apply:

RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship: April 1st, 2016

Program Dates:

First Day: June 15, 2016

Please consider submitting an application or nominating someone for the Fellowship.  If you have any questions or would like to connect further on the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship, please Lylianna Allala at

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in the marine conservation field, The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship Program is a response to the call for mainstream environmental organizations to work to increase and provide supported career pathways for people of color within the field.
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