Funded in part by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), C-EWCL is an opportunity for up and coming conservation professionals in the Caribbean to gain invaluable skills and experience working with proven conservation leaders. Graduates will become future conservation leaders of the Caribbean with the competence necessary to launch well-rounded and successful conservation campaigns

The two-year training program entails a week of training, a webinar, as well as a final training and graduation ceremony. Throughout the two years, participants will work in teams to develop, implement and evaluate a wildlife conservation project in the Caribbean. They will have access to seasoned conservation professionals who will help guide them on this journey and who will provide one-on-one mentoring and career development.

Says one graduate from the U.S. program, EWCL,

“EWCL offers anyone passionate about expanding their conservation career a great resource to learn valuable leadership skills, make connections with peers and leaders in the field that will have a long lasting impact, and take on projects that teach you practical skills and the power of relationship building. It has helped me advance my career and I think it can do the same for anyone who participates.”

The director and advisors of C-EWCL are looking for 12 English-speaking individuals from the Caribbean who have at least a 3 year track record of working on environmental issues in the region and who have shown an interest in continuing in the conservation field. Click here to download the application

The 2012 CEWCL Class will meet 3 times over the next 2 years:

  1. An initial four-day training session in Antigua, April 30 – May 4, 2012
  2. Mid-program, online webinar, specific date to be determined (late April/early May 2013)
  3. A final, four-day training, project presentations and graduation, specific dates to be determined (late April/early May 2014)

Participants must attend each session in its entirety.

Selection and subsequent participation in C-EWCL will help define and enhance emerging conservation leaders’ skill sets and expertise in areas including:


  • Leadership
  • Media Awareness
  • Successful Campaigning
  • Partnering with the Private Sector
  • Public Speaking
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluations
  • Fundraising and Development


  • Adaptive Management Systems
  • Human Dimensions in Conservation
  • Climate Change and Wildlife Conservation
  • Caribbean Regional Funding Mechanisms
  • Additional Topics of Regional Interest

The Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders training program helps jump-start early career conservation professionals through a combination of skills training, networking opportunities with peers and established practitioners and the completion of a Caribbean-based wildlife conservation initiative. C-EWCL training addresses a long-standing need for capable leaders in the conservation field who are equipped with a full arsenal of skills to launch well-rounded and successful conservation campaigns and build successful leadership careers in the wildlife conservation profession.
The two-year training program entails a week of training each year, as well as a final two-day training and graduation ceremony. Throughout the two years, participants will work in teams to develop, implement and evaluate a wildlife conservation project in the Caribbean.
C-EWCL participants will benefit from:

C-EWCL class members will come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in the conservation field. While there is no age requirement or experience ceiling for participants, it is expected that the nominated class leaders will be emerging leaders in the wildlife conservation field with roughly three years experience behind them and at least 15 more years of professional wildlife conservation potential ahead of them. Selected participants will also demonstrate the ability to benefit from an assortment of training activities covering everything from the basics of creating a conservation campaign to the details of various niche professional aspects within the conservation field.

Beth Allgood, Director

Beth is a Campaigns Manager in the Washington DC office of IFAW. Her portfolio includes policy advocacy for whale conservation and foreign assistance reform. Beth came to IFAW from The Nature Conservancy, where she was Senior Policy Advisor for International Government Relations. Prior to her work at TNC, Beth was the Congressional Liaison at the World Wildlife Fund. She has also spent time working for the US government, first at the Peace Corps and later in the Latin America/Caribbean Bureau of the US Agency for International Development. Beth is a certified diver and loves to travel.