EcologyPlus: Where Diversity Meets Opportunity

We​ ​invite​ ​you​ ​to​ ​join our team of mentors in an exciting new career pathways pilot project using a​ ​collective impact​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​broadening​ ​participation​ ​if underrepresented minorities in​ ​ecology​ and fields where ecology plays a significant role. Led by the Ecological Society of America with 15 partners in the Washington DC – Baltimore region, the project provides opportunities to explore ecological and environmental careers over two years. 

This project is made possible with an award from the National Science Foundation.


Why Mentor in EcologyPlus?

  • Share your passion for ecology with the next generation of scientists
  • Join a network of your peers to share experiences in mentoring and discover the wide range of careers in ecology
  • Attract diverse talented students and recent graduates for your programs, internship or employment opportunities
  • ​Mentors will be recognized by the Ecological Society of America


Who Should Register

All scientists, educators and professionals in the workforce across all sectors are welcome to apply. Mentors should be able to commit for at least one year. To be accepted as a mentor, you must be in the workforce. We are not accepting graduate students as mentors for the pilot. 


How Will You Be Selected

EcologyPlus will provide an online mentoring platform. When​ ​you​ ​register,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​providing​ ​information​ ​about​ ​yourself​ ​related​ ​to​ ​your​ ​professional​ ​interests in​ ​ecology.​ ​Participants will be invited to choose a mentor based on the information you provided. When you accept the mentee, you confirm your participation.

Students will be asked to select 1) a mentor within 50 miles of Washington DC and 2) a mentor from a national network.


How Does Mentoring Work?

Mentors are asked to

  • Interact at least monthly with your mentee via an online mentoring portal for at least one year. At critical points, you may be asked to engage more often with your mentee, e.g. when applications or abstracts for scientific talks are due. Local mentors will have at least one opportunity to meet with their mentees.
  • Review your mentee’s Individual Career Development Plan to clarify goals and advise on targeted resources and opportunities to support the plan. Plans are expected to change over time.
  • Participate in a mentor orientation webinar
  • (Local mentors) Participate in mentor workshop and networking during EcologyPlus Career Fair.
  • Participate in annual project evaluation