2020 FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

Expected Dates
May 18, 2020 to August 17, 2020
Position ID
PO-00729393
The​ ​Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering with the U.S.​ Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to administer the 2020 FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students who are interested in a conservation career.  FWS will be providing the fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students who have completed their junior year (e.g. Rising Senior or Senior) and are expecting to complete degree requirements after the summer of 2020; have recently been accepted and enrolled as a graduate student; or a graduate student who has completed at least his or her first year of graduate school.
 
Fellowship Details:
  • Launch your career working with professionals during a rigorous fellowship with FWS
  • Fellowships take place in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field stations across the US
  • Fellowships are 12 weeks over the summer
  • Areas of focus include: biological sciences, natural resources & refuge management
  • Participate in a week-long orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV to kick off your experience
  • Positions involve a combination of indoor office-based tasks and outdoor field based work.

 
Benefits:

  • Housing in Select Areas
  • Bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • All positions begin with an orientation at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. You must be able to attend one of these sessions. The orientation dates will be provided at a later date.
  • Hands-on experience 
  • Interns may be eligible for a permanent position with the FWS after successfully completing the fellowship and/or meeting degree requirements. 


Eligibility:

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • 18 years old or older
  • Students who have completed their junior year (e.g. Rising Senior or Senior) and are expecting to complete degree requirements after the summer of 2020; have recently been accepted and enrolled as a graduate student; or a graduate student who has completed at least his or her first year of graduate school
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (unofficial transcripts are required and should be attached to your complete SCA application)
  • Available to serve around the country from May/June to August/September 2020. Exact dates are flexible and will be agreed upon by the selected candidate and supervisor.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in the conservation field 
  • Some positions in this program require you to have access to a driver’s license or personal vehicle during your internship
  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Males born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, must register with the Selective Service System, unless they meet certain exemptions.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: JANUARY 9, 2020

​​Note: All interested applications will be reviewed, fit rating does not apply. SCA will follow up with candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements regarding next steps.

If you have questions, please reach out to Felicia James [email protected] or Chris Burley at [email protected].

 

  • Fellowships will be located at FWS facilities across the US.
  • Members will participate in an orientation at the beginning of their fellowship. All fellows will be assigned a mentor within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for professional development and support during their fellowship.
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
degree major or professional experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience