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National Wildlife Refuge System Virtual Outdoor Adventure Programs (St. Marks)

Project Type: Field – this field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership 

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region; St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, St. Marks, Florida

Housing: Supported (shared bunkhouse or shared double-wide trailer at duty station rent-free)

Project Background: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is looking for an enthusiastic professional with an interest in advancing their career goals in environmental education, conservation, and even digital media production. The St. Marks NWR is in northern Florida’s Big Bend Region, approximately 20 miles south of Tallahassee, Florida. This 80,000-acre refuge supports a complex array of habitats, ranging from coastal saltwater marshes to xeric upland pine forests. With the onset of COVID-19, refuges and hatcheries realized the need to adapt to provide virtual programming now and in the future.  

Project Duties: The Fellow will be tasked with creating 2-3 virtual environmental education programs that will align with the FWS mission and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guideline’s for Excellence while meeting state and national education standards. To accompany the virtual programs, the Fellow will create promotional products and a written report to outline correlations between the virtual programs and educational standards. These virtual programs will be used not only locally but offered to FWS sites throughout the nation, providing the next generation an opportunity to connect to nature and give them an awareness that they may not already have that will help to create future stewards of our lands. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences; education and outreach; social sciences; communications/marketing; English, editing writing and Media or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: 1) Must have valid driver’s license, must be comfortable working outdoors in the Florida heat, alongside biting insects and venomous snakes in wet or dry conditions. Must be able to follow directions and complete appointed tasks in a timely manner; Ability to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment, and possess digital media production and editing skills, i.e., (premiere pro, iMovie, InDesign, photoshop, Canva)

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, partnership building, public speaking, leadership roles, teamwork, hardworking, independent, and positive attitude.

Hydrologic Effects of Water Operations in the Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)

Project Type: This is a telework only project, Fellow will not report in person to a duty station

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region; Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, FL

Housing: Not Supported; this is a remote project.

Project Background: Everglade’s restoration is one of the largest ecosystem restoration projects in the world. At the core of restoration is a goal to “Get the Water Right”. Getting the water right requires a combination of modifications to infrastructure, much of which is included in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and changes to operations to the Central and South Florida Project, the series of canals and structures managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The products from this effort will support adaptive management efforts by providing information on how modeled conditions are or are not being met and will also support preparation of biological opinions by providing products that can be used to evaluate the effects of upcoming projects.

Project Duties: The Fellow will work with the Science Applications/Migratory Bird Program and the Ecological Services and Refuge programs. The Fellow will have the lead role in: 1) reviewing ecological model output, 2) comparing model output to actual observations, and 3) providing a written analysis of how modeled hydro periods and water depths differ across baselines used with three different operations plans. In addition, the Fellow will present their results to an interagency team of scientists and decision makers. 

To obtain the relevant background and datasets, the Fellow will need to interact internally with Service staff including field biologists, project leaders, and State and Refuge Supervisors. Externally, the Fellow will work collaboratively with staff at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Water Management District, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Products will include maps, tables, metadata, and a final report 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Graduate student who has completed at least their first year of graduate school (Masters or PhD), and is pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences, Geographic and Information Sciences, Communications/Marketing, and Information Technology/Computer Science or closely related fields.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Experience using and programming in R. Working knowledge of GISPro. Knowledge of netCDF data format.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Project Management experience, Teamwork, Technical Writing, Ability to work with large datasets.