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: Housing Supported by duty station FWS Housing Available At duty station- Rent-Free
Project Description: The Valentine National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an enthusiastic and qualified individual to work with refuge staff to conduct bird and vegetation surveys and statistical data analysis on an exciting habitat management system. The Sandhills of Nebraska are the largest intact grassland in the western hemisphere, and the grasslands are still largely dominated by native grasses and forbes. One of the main challenges facing the native diversity of the Sandhills is the homogeneous vegetative structure and composition created by most Sandhills ranching operations, and how that may affect the avian community.
In 2016, the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) began a patch-burn grazing program on a section of the Refuge with the intent of creating habitat heterogeneity to benefit the flora and fauna of the Sandhills region. Patch-burn grazing is a management idea modeled on historic fire and bison grazing interactions with which the prairies evolved. Throughout the duration of the project, the DFP will work with refuge biological staff in order to conduct bird surveys and associated vegetation measurements.
Working with refuge biological staff and Division of Scientific Resources(DSR) biologists/statisticians, the DFP will organize and manage data collected this year and in previous years, and conduct statistical analysis comparing patch-burn grazing management to short-duration rotational grazing and rest. The DFP will have the opportunity to report on the findings of the analysis to refuge staff and DSR in both written and oral formats.
Throughout the project, the DFP will have the opportunity to work closely with Valentine NWR staff, DSR staff, and also with partners such as The Nature Conservancy, Sandhills Task Force, USFWS private lands program, US Forest Service biologist(s), and USDA/NRCS.
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 students that will complete degree requirements after the 11 week fellowship (mid to late August 2021) and who has completed at least their first year or more of graduate school (Masters or PhD) Education/Degree Area(s): Ecology, Botany, Range Management, Ornithology, GIS, Modeling/Statistics Working - 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
Conditions/Requirements: Skills required would include Bird identification by sight and song, basic plant identification skills, ability to conduct statistical analysis/data modeling using Program R and/or Distance, ability to use ArcGIS/ArcPro programs, drivers license, ability to work doing strenuous activity for significant periods of time, often walking over rough terrain and in muddy conditions; on rough or uneven surfaces; wading through marshes, biting insects, and in many instances during difficult weather conditions.