Conservators in Private Practice Group

ECPN-CIPP Pilot Mentorship Program: Call for Applications

By Kerith Koss Schrager posted 11-20-2018 17:55

ECPN-CIPP Pilot Mentorship Program: Call for Applications
The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) and Conservators in Private Practice
(CIPP) are piloting a mentorship program for emerging conservation professionals (ECPs) who have
recently started or plan to start a private practice. This pilot program will pair a small group of ECPs
with mentors who can provide guidance and support based on their own experience working in private
practice. You must be a current member of AIC to participate in this program. Mentees will be provided
with an honorary membership to the CIPP specialty group for one year.
ECPN and CIPP are currently soliciting volunteer mentors and mentees for this program. Applications
will be accepted until November 15, 2018. If you are interested in participating, please review the
program goals outlined below and choose the appropriate link to fill out an application. The application
will require you to upload your CV as a PDF or Word Document.
Mentor Application Mentee Application
The ECPN/CIPP Mentorship Program Advisory Committee will pair mentees with suitable mentors
based on the applications received. Pairings will take into consideration each party’s preferences and
goals. The program will begin with a 9-month trial period (from January 2019 to September 2019).
A limited number of pairings will be formed for the pilot iteration of this program. Based on the number
of applications received, and the potential for a suitable match, please understand that you may not
be matched with a mentor or mentee for the 2019 iteration of this program. Based on both the
feedback from program participants and the needs of the broader membership, this program may be
repeated and expanded in the future.
Program Goals:
● Facilitate productive relationships between emerging conservation professionals and more
established conservators in private practice
● Provide a network for conservation professionals in private practice who may be more
geographically isolated
● Provide support to emerging conservation professionals entering into private practice
● This program is NOT intended to provide training, job placement, or work referrals.
● Commit to regular appointments with your mentor or mentee at mutually agreeable intervals (at
least once per month is recommended). Please respect his or her time and send notice well in
advance of any scheduling changes or cancellations.
● Please understand that you may be asked to participate in an evaluation of your experience
after the close of the initial mentorship period.
● Additional guidelines and suggested structure for the mentorship period will be provided upon
matching with a mentor or mentee.
Questions? Prospective mentors, please contact Kerith Koss from CIPP at
Prospective mentees, please contact Kari Rayner from ECPN at