Summary: The Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level. Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service goal is to promote and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce that thrives in an environment accessible to all and free of employment discrimination. DFP provides an opportunity for interested students from all diverse backgrounds, including women, minorities, and other underrepresented populations to gain valuable experience leading to a career in conservation.
Housing: Supported, provided at duty station rent-free
Project Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking a graduate level student to work on Cisco (Coregonus artedi) culture trials at the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery. In recent years Cisco and other coregonine species have increasingly become the focus of ambitious restoration projects on the Great Lakes and around the world. Jordan River NFH is home to the largest production program in support of restoration of coregonine fishes in North America and a major contributor to restoration projects within the Great Lakes system. The Fellowship recipient will conduct early life history investigations into the effects of density and temperature on morphology, condition and survival of juvenile Cisco within a recirculating aquaculture system. The Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of a large-scale recirculating aquaculture system in support of production scale trials. Analysis of the effects of culture systems is imperative in refining ongoing and future restoration and recovery programs for this important group of fishes.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, academic transcripts and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here: https://usaconservation.applicantpool.com/jobs/
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with 3 partner organizations to administer the Directorate Fellows Program for 2021:
- American Conservation Experience (ACE)
- Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF; for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities; HBCUs; for more information, click here)
Each partner organization is administering a specific number of projects based in different geographic locations.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply via multiple partners to view all project opportunities.
NOTE: If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE recruitment staff at email@example.com.
EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
- Current students: Graduate student who has completed at least their first year of graduate school, (Masters or PhD), but will not complete their degree requirements before Sept. 2021.
- GPA: 3.0 or higher
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, age 17 or older
- Available for 12 weeks during the summer (1-week orientation plus 11-week fellowship)
- Must be 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
- Demonstrated interest education and/or experience in fish and wildlife conservation
Working Conditions/Requirements: Ability to work in cold wet environment.
Desired Qualifications: Aquaculture experience, RAS experience a plus. Candidates will have background in fishery biology, understanding of scientific writing, study design, strong inter-personnel skills, affinity for teamwork.