We are working to create a stream of leadership that understands the world as it's going to be tomorrow.  The mission of the National Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (NCLELA) is to prepare new conservation law enforcement executives to effectively carry out their job responsibilities adaptively in a rapidly changing world.  The focus of NCLELA is to provide the practical skills and knowledge needed by those in executive-level conservation law enforcement leadership roles in local, state or federal agencies. 

  Who is eligible to attend?

To participate in this leadership training program, attendees MUST:

  • Be employed in one of the highest three tiers of senior leadership in the applying law enforcement agency

  • Be employed by a local, state, federal, tribal or international conservation law enforcement agency

  • Have the endorsement of the agency’s Chief Executive

What are some examples of topics covered in the academy?

NCLELA fellows will be engaged in such topics as adaptive leadership, leading change, individual and organizational performance, shaping organizational culture, strategic planning, emotional intelligence, critical incident management, liability and risk management, and more. The NCLELA is intended to be a student-centered with a high degree of student involvement.

How much time and work is involved?

In the few weeks immediately prior to the academy start, participants are asked to participate in a few online activities and a group discussion forum.  Most participants spend about 2 to 3 hours on these activities and find them a good orientation to the types of leadership topics that are featured in the academy.

During the academy, the days are full and participants can expect another 1 to 2 hours outside of classes for group discussions and project work.

How much does it cost?

The tuition is $3,500 per attendee, which includes lodging, meals, two shirts and instructional fees.  It does not include travel to and from the Academy campus.

What are the 2019 session dates and deadlines?

Applications are due by December 14, 2018 A selection committee will convene in January 2018 and successful candidates will be notified by February 12, 2019, after which agencies will be invoiced for tuition costs.

The first session runs from April 28 to May 11, 2019 with the second from September 15 to 21, 2019 (inclusive of travel days).

Where is the Academy held?

All classes will be held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Where can I find more information or apply?

Apply Online

Download an application