NCTC & Shepherd University - Allies for Change Internship (pre-select) Part-Time

Expected Dates
October 17, 2022 to June 23, 2023
National Conservation Training Center
Position ID
Allies for Change NCTC, Shepherd University Intern – 2022-2023 School Term - Part-time Internship (11 hours / week required)

This position is located at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Shepherdstown, WV and is sponsored by the NCTC Allies for Change. Allies for Change is a grassroots team dedicated to championing justice, fostering inclusion, and advocating for access at the National Conservation Training Center. The intern will work with the Allies for Change and other NCTC staff to support NCTC in its efforts to become an inclusive and diverse organization as reflected in our workforce, history, courses, and programs. The intern will be learning about NCTC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife culture and will work with a team of NCTC staff to help ensure everyone, our guests, and our staff, feels welcome and appreciated at NCTC. Among other things, the intern will:

  • Review and critique the historical displays and documents housed at NCTC to make our agency history more transparent, inclusive, and representative.
  • Add resources to a database of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (JEDIA) resources that can be shared with staff and can be included as part of NCTC training materials.
  • Review and critique our developing JEDIA guidelines for NCTC staff and instructors to help creating an environment in classrooms and meeting rooms where people feel comfortable speaking up and serving as allies for underrepresented communities.
  • Identify any sources of bias in the day-to-day operations at the NCTC including campus layout and accessibility, in the language used on the website, course announcements, course materials, and many others.


  • One-time travel allowance: $1,100 once (pre-tax) - Personal vehicle is required
  • Weekly living allowance: $160 / week (pre-tax) 
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award upon successful completion of this position. 

Skills Required:

The ideal candidate is creative, can work independently or in teams and has the following:

  • A basic understanding of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility issues.
  • Ability to identify bias and potential barriers to inclusion.
  • Ability to conduct research and develop reports and oral presentations.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate in writing and verbally.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Desire to learn about the Mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service and how the National Conservation Training Center supports the agency.

Conditions of Employment: 
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to provide proof of up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Per CDC guidance, up to date vaccination now includes all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when indicated. For example, if someone has completed the primary series but is not yet indicated for a booster shot, they are considered up to date. Once a person is indicated for a booster (6 months after Pfizer or Moderna primary series, 2 months after J&J primary series), full and up-to-date vaccination includes the completed booster shot. Visit the following website for more information:


  • The intern will work at the premier U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV where the approximately 8000 Service employees and other Department of Interior employees and partners from around the country receive critical training in leadership skills, conservation science and natural resource public policy. The intern will have the opportunity to work cooperatively with NCTC staff, contracted or invited instructors, and subject matter experts.
  • · The intern will be provided an opportunity to attend JEDIA training courses as appropriate for their developmental needs.

    · The intern will be provided opportunities to assist and attend conservation-based training courses at the NCTC.

  • Opportunities to attend conservation-based educational events at the NCTC and learn valuable resource management skills

    NCTC is a 530 acre campus, with miles of nature trails along the Potomac River.

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience