The knowledge, advice, and resources a mentor shares depend on the format and goals of a specific mentoring partnership. A mentor may share with a mentee information about their own career path, as well as provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, or role modeling. A mentor may help a mentee set goals, explore careers, or develop contacts. As a non-supervisory figure from another organization, a mentor can serve as a sounding board for workplace concerns and questions. The mentor’s role may evolve as the needs of the mentee change and the partnership develops.
- At least 5 years of professional experience in conservation, whether in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.
- Willingness to share knowledge with someone new to the conservation community.
- Commit to a 1-year mentoring partnership.
- Provide advice and guidance in a constructive manner.
- Exhibit professionalism, motivation, and reliability.
- Offer support and encouragement to the mentee.
- Be flexible in adapting to mentee’s specific goals for the partnership.
- Enter discussions with an open mind.
- Make time for consistent contact with mentee through in-person meetings, phone, or email.
- Uphold confidentiality agreement.