A mentorship offers the mentee an outstanding opportunity to learn from someone who has years of experience in the conservation movement and is willing to share their knowledge in a supportive, confidential environment. Mentors give advice, answer questions, help mentees navigate career-related issues, and may suggest networking or professional development opportunities. They offer constructive feedback and thoughtful guidance. Mentees should be active listeners in order to learn and grow during the mentorship; however, they should also be prepared to develop personal goals and chart the course of the partnership.
- Desire to further professional development within the conservation field.
- No age or experience requirements—anyone (including those qualified as mentors) can be a mentee.
- Receive advice and guidance with an open mind.
- Exhibit professionalism, motivation, and reliability.
- Take the initiative in establishing personal goals and a direction for the mentorship.
- Inform mentor about preferred learning and communication style.
- Make time for consistent contact with mentor through in-person meetings, phone calls, or email.
- Uphold confidentiality agreement.