FWS 2020 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

SCA Interns tagging ducks as part of a Fish & Wildlife Service program.

“This is an amazing program. I would encourage anyone interested in conservation, biology, natural resource management, or environmental education to pursue this unique opportunity. In addition to developing career expertise in a specific field of work, living in an exciting new area, and experiencing America’s public lands as you’ve never seen them before, you will also make friends and professional contacts that can last a lifetime.”

—Michael D’Agostino, 2016 DFP Fellow

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.

“A critical part of my vision for the Service is to have a more diverse and inclusive organization. To remain relevant, it’s important that we develop and foster an organization where individual ideas and perspectives from diverse backgrounds are heard, and we empower our employees to deliver their best work. Our people are our most important resource and having a diverse and inclusive workplace will enable us to be more innovative, effective, engaged, and collaborative which results in connecting with the public we serve and increasing conservation.”

—Daniel M. Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

“I felt like I really got a good idea of what it means to be a USFWS biologist - I gained experience in field work, lab work, data, and report writing. I also made valuable connections that will hopefully help me gain a permanent position with USFWS.”

—Sara Reese, 2016 DFP Fellow

Fellows attend an orientation held in May or June and serve in summer fellowships tailored to various FWS career tracks.  Summer fellowships are available in a variety of fields, including biological sciences, natural resources, and refuge management. Fellows may be eligible for a permanent position in the FWS after successfully completing their fellowship and/or degree requirements.

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.
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].

Apply Today!

  1. Complete an Internship/Corps Application online at thesca.org.
  2. Add the application code PO-00729393 to your application. 
  3. Attach a resume and copy of your college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and two Letters of Recommendation if available, to your SCA application.
  4. Encouraged to apply by January 9, 2020.
  5. You will be notified by SCA of the next steps if you meet the minimum eligibility for the FWS DFP program. Feel free to contact SCA at [email protected] or 703-842-4241 if you have any questions throughout the process.

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Federal agencies must provide a reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.