Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellowship

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Honoring the Legacy of Sandy Breslin

The fellowship program is named in honor and memory of Alexandra “Sandy” Breslin (1954-2017), a long-time member of the CLCC Steering Committee, Co-Chair of CLCC’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, and an environmental activist who made major and enduring contributions to the environment and to politics—locally, and throughout the State and country.

The Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellowship

Established in 2018, The Sandy Breslin Conservation Fellowship is a CLCC program for students (undergraduate, graduate, or recent graduates) who are looking to make a difference in their community, region, and the state of Connecticut through the field of land conservation.

The opportunities offered through this fellowship program are diverse and include hands-on experience in one or more of the following focus areas*: land conservation policy and advocacy, communications, fundraising, land trust capacity building, non-profit management, and other work in support of Connecticut’s land conservation community.

Depending upon available funding, Fellows are eligible to receive monetary compensation but may also work for credit in accordance with their academic program requirements.

Important qualifications and skills:

  • A genuine interest in land conservation, land trusts, and conservation policy and advocacy.
  • A can-do, positive attitude, with the demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to establish priorities, manage multiple tasks effectively, and meet deadlines.
  • Attentive to detail, with excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Familiarity and comfort with:  Excel, Word, online technology, websites, social media, online marketing, and communications distribution.
  • Dependable, flexible, reliable, with a sense of humor.

Time commitment:

The term of the fellowship shall not exceed one year (but may be renewable for an additional year, depending upon CLCC’s needs and the Fellow’s availability), and the required work hours per week may be tailored to the Fellow’s availability and CLCC's needs and budget.

For more information and to explore available opportunities in one or more focus areas, please contact CLCC Executive Director Amy Blaymore Paterson at or (860) 852-5512.

* Will be added on an on-going basis.