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Careers in Conservation with Jeff Weigel

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We are pleased to have Jeff Weigel, Director of Strategic Initiatives for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, give a talk for the series: Careers in Conservation. Jeff will talk about his career in conservation, his path to his current position, and the different kinds of jobs one can pursue. There will be plenty of time available for Q&A after. Graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 21

3:00 - 5:00 pm

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A native of Minnesota, Jeff has devoted his career to the conservation of wildlife and natural habitats in ecosystems across the hemisphere in the United States and Latin America, including grasslands, forests, deserts, freshwater and marine environments.  He began his conservation career as a field biologist in Minnesota, has spent over thirty years working in Texas, and worked for a decade focused on Mexico and Central America. In his current position he works on project and partner development, government affairs, and fund raising in Texas. Jeff is the founding President of the Friends of Friederich Wilderness Park in San Antonio, and is the former Board Chair and current trustee of the Texas Land Trust Council. He sits on the board of the Rio Grande Joint Venture, a public-private binational coalition of non-profits and government agencies. Jeff has been the Director of Strategic Initiatives since January 2010. He has worked for the Nature Conservancy for forty years.

Jeff earned a Master of Science degree in Range Management from Texas Tech University and a B.A. in Biology from St. Cloud State (Minnesota).

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a global non-profit organization that uses a science-based approach to protect the world's most ecologically important places and the life they support. The Nature Conservancy of Texas has conserved nearly 1,000,000 acres of ecologically important lands and waters across the state. Additional information about the work of The Nature Conservancy of Texas can be found at nature.org/texas.

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