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Ruckelshaus Institute|Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Collaborative Leadership Program for natural resource professionals in Wyoming.

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.

The Collaboration Program is supported by the Spicer Family Foundation, with additional support from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to offset costs for students.

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

Practicum Review

Dec 3-5, 2014, Laramie or Casper

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".

Course Prospectus

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

The deadline to apply for the 2014-15 Collaboration Program in Natural Resources has passed. Please check back in March 2015 for next year's application process.


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.


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 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, please contact the Ruckelshaus Institute at or (307) 766-5080.

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