Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Young Conservationist Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Young Conservationist Award. Co-sponsored by the International Ranger Federation and IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and the George Wright Society, the award aims to recognize and raise awareness of the outstanding contributions made to the management of protected areas, and leadership shown, by young conservationists. It also seeks to encourage young professionals and help them develop networks by inviting winners to attend one of the global conservation events and become a member of the Young Conservationists Global Community.

For the 2010 award, the winner will be have his/her travel, accommodation, and conference fees fully paid to attend the ‘Healthy Parks – Healthy People’ conference, April 2010, in Melbourne, Australia.

Nominations/applications are invited for/from: young people (under the age of 35) working in conservation and actively managing protected areas.

This includes all people working in protected areas, such as (but not limited to) rangers, interpreters, people working with local communities, policy makers, and scientists, and includes people working for government agencies, the private sector, non- government organizations, local communities, etc., who deal directly with protected area management and policy.

For more information on the Young Conservationist Award, including a link to the online application form, go to:

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2009.