Welcome to the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network!

Emerging conservation professionals (ECPs) are those entering or thinking about entering the field of conservation. The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) assists with the transition from pre-program candidacy to graduate school and through to early career stages. We do this by producing targeted programming and resources, fostering a professional community for ECPs through local networks and online platforms, and connecting ECPs with educational and professional development opportunities.

As a Network within AIC, we aim to develop content that is of interest to ECPs working across the field of conservation. ECPN’s leadership is made up of ECPs from different career stages, Specialty Groups, training programs, and geographic locations.

Explore our page to learn more about ECPN, our community, resources, and how to get involved.



Learn more about the committee's current initiatives, and read about activities
organized by our Regional Liaisons working to foster local communities across the country.

2017 Annual Meeting ECPN Happy Hour Conservation Center 1


ECPN organizes free programming throughout the year, including in-person events at the Annual Meeting, regional events, webinars, and interview series.



Browse resources designed for ECPs, such as useful "Tips" sheets, and help spread the word about ECPN via printed and digital information materials.

2017 Annual Meeting ECPN Happy Hour Conservation Center 1

Looking for more?

Be sure to check out our Publications and Frequently Asked Questions.

Want to get involved?

Click here to become a member, join our online community, find your Regional Liaison, or volunteer for ECPN.