ELC members and friends look out over Klickitat Canyon. Photo by ELCer Alec Kretchun
We're now accepting applications for Columbia Land Trust's Emerging Leaders Council

Columbia Land Trust is seeking candidates to join the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC), a group of young professionals ages 20-40 who have passions for the outdoors, conservation, and life in the Northwest. Founded in 2014, the ELC is charged with building upon Columbia Land Trust’s mission of conservation among their peers. This is a unique opportunity to use your skills to support the work of a leading conservation nonprofit while growing professionally, gaining leadership experience, and engaging with the community.

We are committed to equity as a core organizational value. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Mission of the ELC

  • Promote Columbia Land Trust’s mission among their peers through outreach events and partnerships that help engage, educate, and inspire.
  • Organize and execute Habitap, an annual outreach event.
  • Participate in and support Columbia Land Trust events and programs.
  • Build meaningful community partnerships and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the field of conservation.

Opportunities for ELC Members

  • Connect with the land by supporting Columbia Land Trust’s restoration and stewardship projects on nearby conserved lands.
  • Provide valuable leadership experience.
  • Build relationships with other young professionals.
  • Work with a leading conservation nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest.

Qualifications for ELC Application

  • Two years of professional experience in any field.
  • Previous volunteer experience.
  • Commitment to the mission of Columbia Land Trust.
  • Experience advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Six to eight hours per month to dedicate to ELC meetings and events.


Our application period closed on Sunday, February 25th, 2018. You are still welcome to fill out our Interest Form, but we may ask that you consider re-applying at a later date.