Through approximately $400,000 in grants awarded by the DTE Energy Foundation, the Huron River Watershed Council, ReLeaf Michigan and The Nature Conservancy created and filled one new fellowship position at each organization to provide opportunities for a diverse group of recent graduates and early career professionals. These positions allow the fellows to enter the environmental sector and gain comprehensive work experience that will set them up for success in the short and long term.  

This program, developed in partnership with the DTE Foundation, gives fellows the opportunity to work in positions that immerse them in real-world conservation projects and introduce them to major conservation issues. Even better, it lays the groundwork for enhancing diversity in the environmental sector by engaging the unique talents, insights and experiences of fellows from traditionally underrepresented to address some of our generation’s defining issues – like climate change. 

The fellows – profiled on in this story – started work at their respective organizations in September and they’ve continued to work remotely whenever possible to promote health and safety for all during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Visit their organizations’ websites to learn more about how you can make an impact in your community: 

Huron River Watershed Council 

ReLeaf Michigan  

The Nature Conservancy