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Ruckelshaus Institute
Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
University of Wyoming
Bim Kendall House
804 E Fremont St
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 766-5080
Fax: (307) 766-5099
Email: ruckelshaus@uwyo.edu
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Collaborative Leadership Program for natural resource professionals in Wyoming.

2014-15 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

Apply now for the 2014-15 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources

The need for collaborative problem solving tools and opportunities are more necessary than ever. Wyoming is becoming more complex economically, socially, institutionally, politically, and ecologically. Many policies mandate public involvement, many stakeholders would like to be involved, and many decision-makers prefer to receive meaningful public input into complex decisions. But how can the public’s input be meaningful if the terms, concepts, and technical trade-offs are new, or distrusted, by them? 

Additionally, these decisions affect and involve participants and constituents with various values, sets of knowledge, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs, and the decisions often involve a high level of controversy. Lastly, decisions can often be complex, trans-disciplinary and very integrated, whereby one factor affects many aspects.

This Collaboration Program in Natural Resources seeks to address a number of these challenges. Mid- and upper-level professionals and well as individuals whose work involves land or natural resource management and decision making in Wyoming and the surrounding region are invited to join.

First cohort graduates

In March the first class of natural resource professionals will present their final projects and graduate from the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources. They will earn a certificate, and will take their newfound skills and experience back to their communities to engage in and even lead effective, collaborative decision-making processes to address natural resource issues in Wyoming.

Now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Collaboration Program

Program outline

The Collaboration Program in Natural Resources entails a series of six rigorous, hands-on sessions in which participants will develop collaborative problem-solving skills to address natural resource issues.

Self Discovery and Introduction to Concepts

June 16-18, 2014, Lander

Group Processes: Negotiation and Leadership Skills

Aug 11-13, 2014, Lander

Collaboration for Communities and Landscapes

Oct 1-3, 2014, Casper

Collaborative Problem Solving at the Federal, State, and County Level

Nov 5-7, 2014, Lander or Casper, TBD

Practicum Review

Dec 3-5, 2014, Laramie or Casper, TBD

Practicum Presentation and Graduation

May 2015, date TBD, Casper

The curriculum will address all ten of the competencies outlined in the “UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies".

Application

Click here to download the prospectus for the 2014-15 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources.

Click here to download an application for the 2014-15 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources. Applications must be submitted to Jessica Clement by email, fax, or postal mail no later than April 7, 2014. Instructions are on the application form.

Instructors

Dr. Jessica Clement, Research Scientist in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, directs the program. She brings expertise in collaborative governance and collaborative learning related to forests, wildlife, recreation, public lands, and other resources. Dr. Steve Smutko, Professor and Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice, also at the Ruckelshaus Institute, co-teaches these training sessions.

Requirements

Participants are required to:

  • Commit to all six sessions
  • Have supervisor’s full approval
  • Complete the Myers-Briggs Test
  • Initiate a project that applies a collaborative problem solving process

Tuition

Tuition of $1000 is due at the first session. Tuition does not cover travel costs. Scholarships are available for a limited number of participants.

If you have any questions, or would like to pay by check please contact the Ruckelshaus Institute at ruckelshaus@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-5080.


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