1. Emgering Leaders Network Survey

The American Institute of Conservation is the preeminent organization for conservation professionals in the United States. While it currently serves its community by offering educational opportunities, guidelines for practice, a widely read journal, and outreach to the world at large, there remains a need for more programs for the emerging leaders in the field of conservation—-from pre-program students to students enrolled in graduate programs, to those working in the field for up to ten years. Recognizing this need, a new emerging leaders group has been started. The purpose of this group is to serve the community of emerging conservators by providing an open forum for discussion, provide and distribute relevant information, and to encourage active participation by its members in this group, the conservation community and the world at large.

Therefore, as its first order of business, the Emerging Leaders Network would like to extend this survey to you, so that we can gather information on how best we can serve our constituent members. Your answers to this survey will be kept confidential.

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* 1. After reviewing the purpose of this student group (as described above) would you be interested in becoming a member?

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* 2. If you answered No to question #1, at what stage would you have been interested in this group?

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* 3. What are your greatest professional concerns? Please rank the following in order of importance to you from greatest concern (1) to least concern (6). If a subject does not apply to you or you do not consider it a concern, leave that box blank.

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Finding a job/internship
Professional development
Health and safety
Outreach
Certification
Other

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* 4. Here are some of the proposed areas in which the Emerging Leaders Network is looking to get involved. In which of these are you most interested? Please rank the following in order of interest to you from greatest (1) to least (12). If a subject does not apply to you or you do not have any interest, leave that box blank.

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Exchanging information from students to potential students and from recent grads to students about graduate programs
Sharing information provided by previous interns regarding internship sites/projects
Seeking advice on how to transition from being a student/intern to a professional from established conservators
Informally sharing treatment information
Networking/Social activities
Participating in a mentorship program
Posting internship or job opportunities
Discussing new developments and technologies in the field
Listing of extracurricular/educational/professional development opportunities
Publishing of a web-based newsletter
Organizing a searchable list of student research projects
Other:

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* 5. To best reach our membership, this student group may be heavily based on the Internet. What kind of web presence would be most helpful to you or would you be most likely to use? Please rank the following in order of interest to you from most likely to use/find helpful (1) to least (8). If you have no interest in using a particular Internet based site, leave that box blank.

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Website
Blog
Dist Listserve style email list
Yahoo Groups site
Group discussion site (open forum)
Online newsletter
I would not use the web.
Other:

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* 6. How much would you consider to be a reasonable amount to pay for membership in this group?

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* 7. I identify as:

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* 8. I am:

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* 9. My current region of residence/work/schooling is:

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* 10. What is your current training status?

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* 11. If you are pre-program, please describe your pre-program training.

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* 12. If applicable, what conservation training program(s) have you attended or are attending ? Check all that apply.

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* 13. If you answered "Post-graduate" Question #10, what year did you graduate from your program?

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* 14. If you attended or are attending an apprentice-trained program, please describe your training.

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* 15. If you have already completed an apprentice trained program, what year did you complete this program?

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* 16. What is your specialty in conservation? Check all that apply.

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* 17. Which of the following networking websites have you used or are currently using? Check all that apply.

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* 18. How often are you on the Internet for work or personal use?

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* 19. Are you a member of AIC?

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* 20. If you answered "No" to the previous question, why not?

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* 21. If you are not a member, is there anything AIC can provide that would encourage you to become a member?

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* 22. In order to develop this group, we looking for people interested in taking on leadership roles. Are you interested in taking on a leadership role in the group?

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* 23. May we contact you for further information regarding your answers to this survey?

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* 24. My contact information is as follows:

Thank you for your time and effort in completing this survey!

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