ACE: USFWS Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) – Nationwide Opportunities

American Conservation Experience
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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) mission is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The agency's ~9,000 employees work in all 50 states and U.S. territories in partnership with others to achieve this mission. 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. DFP was established in 2014 with over 380 participants to date. Among these participants, over 150 Fellows were hired permanently with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Project Locations and Types: Most projects are a good fit for students with majors in biological sciences and natural resources. There may be a limited number of projects available for students with majors in education/outreach, social sciences/humanities, geographic and information sciences, information technology, law enforcement/criminal justice, and communications/marketing. Start Date(s): mid-May or mid-June 2021 (depending on academic calendar) End Date: 12 weeks later Program Details 11-week paid summer position 1-week orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center Direct Hire Authority eligible after completing program requirements Many locations nationally Travel funding provided Housing may be available 100+ fellowship opportunities nationwide Eligibility Requirements Current students: Undergraduate rising senior or senior; enrolled or current graduate students that will complete degree requirements after the 11 week fellowship (mid to late August 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 How to Apply 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. Applying with multiple partners ensures you will have access to view and apply for all projects of interest to you. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply via multiple partners to view all project opportunities. 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: NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE recruitment staff at
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