2020 FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

Expected Dates
May 18, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Position ID
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. Students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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.


  • Housing provided (Select Locations)
  • Bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • All positions begin with an orientation at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.
  • Hands-on experience 
  • Fellows may be eligible for a permanent position in the FWS after successfully completing their fellowship and degree requirements. 


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • 17 years old or older
  • Students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a rising senior (current junior) or senior in an undergraduate program or a graduate degree program, and will not complete their degree requirements prior to the completion of the 2020 DFP 11-week fellowship ending in August/September 2020
  • Cumulative GPA must be 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.

How to Apply:

  • Students of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • SCA will be overseeing projects in the following states:  Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin
  • If you are interested in a state not listed, please contact [email protected] for instructions.
  • Complete the Student Conservation Association Internship/Conservation Corps application in its entirety, include resume and transcripts.
  • If you are eligible for the DFP, you will receive instructions on how to apply for specific projects. The projects will be available at a later date.  


​​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
degree major or professional experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience