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Wildlife Trafficking Parliamentarian Forum (Glynco)

Project type: This field project will transition to telework or remote work if required by USFWS or DOI leadership.

Location: This is project is based out of Region 9 (Headquarters) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.

Housing: Supported (on-site, free). The FLETC houses about 3000 students per week in hotel style accommodations.

Project Background: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement is accepting applications for a Directorate Fellow on a project to support the Wildlife Trafficking Parliamentarian Form training program.  Work will occur at the Branch of Training office on the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA.  The Fellow will stay on center for the duration of the project except for travel to and from the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV and attendance at the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Dallas, TX.   This is a collaborative project, and the team will include special agents, Department of Justice Attorney’s, U.S. Attorney’s, Service congressional affairs staff, contract training staff and Branch of Training staff. The typical work schedule for this program is Monday – Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. This Fellow will be mentored and supervised by a Branch of Training Senior Special Agent.

Project Duties: The Fellow will research and collect data of domestic and international wildlife legislation to support counter wildlife trafficking.  In addition, the Fellow will provide draft model legislation that will be presented at the Wildlife Trafficking Parliamentarian Forum in November 2022.  The Fellow will be invited back to provide a presentation on the research and model law development. There will be opportunities to engage with foreign nationals responsible for counter wildlife trafficking enforcement throughout this project. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in law enforcement/criminal justice, social sciences, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid Driver’s License, Ability, and willingness to use a firearm

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal skills, cross-cultural communication skills, partnership building, project management experience, public speaking, leadership roles, teamwork, and management/facilitation.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Community Engagement: Redefining Our Relationship (Townsend)

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; Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex/Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Housing: Supported (Bunkhouse on Refuge)

Project Background: Interested in a project where natural resources and cultures clash? The history at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge – from its time as a World War II airfield to the important habitat it provides for the threatened wood stork and the direct descendants’ connection to the land – provides a myriad of challenges and opportunities. The Service is keenly focused on future engagement with the community to include them in a dialogue while working together. The community of Harris Neck and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are now working together to engage in a forward-looking perspective. The Fellow will be exposed to leadership at all levels in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the local community, and external organizations, and will gain experience in strategic thinking, leadership, and change management. The Fellow will work in a team setting, while afforded autonomy and independence. Those interested in challenge, change, conservation, and culture should apply.

Project Duties: The Fellow will assist in this change and will be involved in everything from community engagement, refuge events, community assisted cultural interpretation projects, and strategic planning. Tasks will include leading the development of a cultural/natural interpretive projects while including community members in its development. The Fellow will also plan and deliver at least one event on the refuge (can be virtual if remote work is required) such as but not limited to youth fishing days, ethno-botany tours, cultural interpretation, etc. 

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 major in Education/Outreach, Social Science/Humanities, or closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid Driver’s License (needed to drive a Government vehicle), Moderate Hiking

Desired Characteristics: Leadership, partnerships, collaboration, and communication.

Heralding the Successes of the Service – Puerto Rico (Atlanta)

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

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region, Atlanta Regional Office 

Housing: Not Supported

Project Background: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a great conservation history in Puerto Rico and the time has come to begin to share our story more strategically with others. To meet this goal, we are looking for an outstanding communications student in Puerto Rico! 

In recent times, the Service has noticed an increased call to know more about what we do for the environment on the Islands of Puerto Rico and the Fellow will work to answer that call and spend their 11-week Fellowship learning, discovering, and proposing communications strategies that would work well on the islands. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will: 1) conduct research to understand and outline communication needs for the Southeast region, 2) research specific communication needs and best practices for stakeholders and constituents in Puerto Rico, and 3) finally, propose a strategic plan or way forward which entails mapping out strategies for the Service to use to reach our audiences. 

The expectation is that the Fellow will inform the External Affairs Program about effective communications strategies to utilize on the Islands of Puerto Rico.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in communications/marketing; or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Fluent in Spanish

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication skills, public speaking, and teamwork.

Re-design and Implementation of Advanced Applications for Conservation of Listed Species (Atlanta)

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

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region, Atlanta Regional Office

Housing: Not Supported

Project Background: Ecological Services in the Southeast Region in Atlanta, GA, is looking for an individual with a dual interest in conservation and information technology to design and implement advanced applications program. The Southeast Region offers a high-energy, welcoming environment that embraces innovation and values the contributions of all – particularly those with fresh perspectives on old problems.  Opportunities for personal and professional growth abound, and in this position, the Fellow will learn and exercise critical skills in negotiation, conflict resolution, and strategic thinking while having a ton of fun. This position is considered developmental and represents a novel – yet needed – expertise that we are looking to strengthen within our program.

Project Duties: The Fellow will work with a broad swath of staff at all levels of the program (and beyond) to develop critical information tools that support regional workforce planning efforts and the alignment of recovery actions for endangered and threatened species. The Fellow will assist in the development of a Communication Plan for the Landscape Recovery tool and present it to the team for feedback. Specific Duties/Tasks include: 1) Work with staff from Ecological Services and Science Applications (and other programs, as appropriate) to identify available data and work plans, tracking and reporting needs, and other requirements of the workload database; 2) expand and re-design of the Landscape Recovery Tool to complete existing modules and develop data for other locations, and 3) attend Ecological Services workforce planning meetings, project leader meetings, and others as appropriate.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree with demonstrated expertise in the Biological Sciences, Geographic and Information Sciences, and Information Technology/Computer Science or a closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Some knowledge of or proficiency in Microsoft Power BI

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, partnership building, project management, teamwork, Conflict Resolution/Facilitation, Creativity, and an Openness to Learn!

Prioritization Tool for Feral Swine Control on the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) in the Southeast Region (Atlanta)

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

Location: Legacy Region 4, Southeast Region; Atlanta Regional Office (Duty Station)

Housing: Not Supported

Project Background: The Fellow will work with the NWRS Division of Strategic Resource Management to develop a prioritization model that can guide efforts to implement control measures. Geospatial data will be used to create a layer that will identify focal areas across NWRS lands thereby guiding future decisions of where to emphasize our efforts to control feral swine and protect resources of concern. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will develop a feral swine prioritization tool in the Southeast Region and will work with several Service divisions, including the National Wildlife Refuge System, Ecological Services, Fish and Aquatic Conservation, Migratory Birds, and Science Applications. This prioritization tool will support the Feral Swine Adaptive Management Strategy which is an effort to create meaningful and attainable control objectives with an emphasis on targeting those areas with the greatest biological/ecological need. The project will complement this larger effort and will be critical in how management allocates limited funding and staffing resources. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work across numerous management levels and divisions of the USFWS and opportunities to engage both internal and external stakeholders will be encouraged.

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 the biological sciences, GIS, or a closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Project Management experience, Teamwork Management/Facilitation.