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Recruitment and partnerships with Legacy Region 3 tribal college (Minneapolis)

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

Location: Legacy Region 3, Great Lakes Region, Regional Office – External Affairs, Twin Cities – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Housing: Supported – $1,200.00 per month

Project Background: Build relationships with tribal colleges across the Great Lakes states and help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its goals to build a more diverse workforce with this Fellowship based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota (or remote). Working with the external affairs staff in the Great Lakes Regional Office, you will support the region’s Native American outreach and engagement with this new project. This project will focus on understanding the tribal colleges and universities in the Great Lakes Region, building relationships with tribal college staff, and identifying partnership opportunities between Native American tribes and the Service. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will gather information that will assist the Service increase partnerships with Native American tribes and give the Service essential tools that will help recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. The Fellow will: 1) create a report of tribal colleges in Region 3 with the aim of helping the Service understand tribal student outcomes, employment opportunities and guidance to assist with recruitment and retention, 2) provide a summary of each tribal college or university that explains the cultural priorities, mission of the tribal college or university, history, land use practices, program and degree programs, and any past relationships or partnerships with the Service, 3) design a summary of tribal careers in tribal training programs (example TERO/TECRO/Tribal Summer Employment Opportunities/Tribal Education Department), 4) work with Region 3 field stations to identify vocational and trade opportunities for students and graduates of tribal colleges and universities. The Fellow will gain unmatched experience to visit the regional office, work with external affairs staff to learn about all the Service’s programs, support tribal nations, and understand moral and legal obligations the federal government has towards tribes. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in: Native American Studies, Native Environmental Science; Tribal Leadership and Business Management; Biological Sciences; Environmental Science; Forestry, Ecology or Human Services.  

Working Conditions/Requirements: NONE

Desired Characteristics: Applicant must have comfortable with cross-cultural communication, teamwork and relationship building. Additional characteristics include attending a Tribal College or University (TCU), knowledge and understanding of the historic and contemporary issues facing tribal communities and off-reservation tribal members, have introductory or beginner understanding of American Indian Treaty rights, Indian Reservations and Cultural Resources.

New Mexico

Indian Arts and Crafts Act Intelligence Research Specialist: 2 Positions Available (Albuquerque)

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

Location:  This is an Office of Law Enforcement project based out of Region 2, Albuquerque SAC Office, Albuquerque, NM.

Housing: Supported (one time, $3000 housing stipend).

Project Background: This position would work with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) staff as an Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA) Intelligence Research Specialist.  This DFP project will focus on gathering information regarding violations of the following federal statutes: 18 U.S.C. 1159 (Indian Arts and Crafts Act), 18 U.S.C. 1341 (Mail Fraud), 18 U.S.C. 1343 (Wire Fraud), and 18 U.S.C. 545 (Smuggling). In addition to enforcing laws that protect fish, wildlife, and plants, the OLE has a dedicated unit of special agents who investigate violations of the IACA. This investigative unit’s efforts have led to arrests, indictments, and convictions of those who fraudulently produce or sell counterfeit American Indian and Alaskan Native art and craftwork. Previous IACA investigations revealed jewelry importers in the United States would procure jewelry made overseas and sell the imported jewelry to retail stores in the United States.  The retailers advertise that this jewelry is made by Native Americans and increase the retail price to coincide with the authentic Native American art market.  The jewelry is designed to resemble the Native American heritage, art, and culture.  It is manufactured and distributed in a manner consistent with past practices that violated the IACA.  

Project Duties: The Fellow will data mine the FWS Law Enforcement Management Information System’s (LEMIS) importation/exportation declaration records.  The Fellow will target and assess wildlife species used in Native American style art and craftwork, export locations known for smuggling Native American style jewelry, wholesalers/importers, and historical patterns.  The primary objective is for the Fellow to identify unknown manufacturers/smugglers and refer these targets to the FWS IACB investigative unit. Working together, FWS IACB investigative Unit and Fellow will determine if target is known or unknown. · If unknown target is identified, the Fellow will create an electronic folder (with supervision from the FWS IACB RAC) using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe programs to analyze data and document patterns.  The Fellow will also create a paper binder (with supervision from the FWS IACB RAC) to coincide with the electronic file. 

Minimum Education and Desired Degree Areas:  Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in biological sciences, social sciences/humanities, geographic and information sciences, law enforcement/criminal justice, information technology/computer science, other (forensic science, economics, accounting), or another related field.

Working Conditions and Requirements:  Valid driver’s license.

Desired Characteristics:  Interpersonal communication, Cross-Cultural communication skills, Partnership building, Project Management experience, Leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), Teamwork, Technical Writing, Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe software), Ability to relate to and communicate daily with law enforcement professionals and staff.


Battle of Midway Historical Artifact Preservation and Interpretation Strategy

Project Type: Field. This field project will be cancelled if telework or remote work is required by USFWS or DOI leadership.

Location: Legacy Region 1, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, US Minor Outlying Islands

Housing: Project is in-person. Refuge housing provided at duty station; shared two-story house with private bathroom and full kitchen amenities; very limited WIFI/internet capabilities.

Project Background: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented individual interested in serving as a Fellow to help advance our mission to preserve the history of the Battle of Midway. Located in the far northern end of the Hawaiian archipelago, Midway Atoll is located within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In addition to providing nesting habitat for millions of seabirds, the refuge also serves as the Battle of Midway National Memorial. The Battle of Midway, fought from June 4-6, 1942, was one of the most decisive battles of World War II, and proved to be the turning point of the War in the Pacific. The U.S. Navy recognized the Battle of Midway as one of the two most significant dates in naval history. Despite such recognition, resources for protection, preservation, and interpretation of the Battle of Midway are limited due to the atoll’s remote location, restricted public access, and staffing limitations. The integrity of the artifacts hosted in the Battle of Midway Museum are threatened by natural disasters, sub-optimal environmental conditions, and pest damage. The Fellow will have many opportunities to advance their professional development through networking with diverse partners, participating in unique opportunities available at the refuge, and contributing to the 80th Commemoration of the Battle of Midway.

Project Duties: The Fellow will fulfill a high priority need to develop an action plan that catalogues the Battle of Midway artifact inventory, condition, and location, outlines the appropriate locations for artifacts to be stored to optimize preservation and interpretation opportunities, and details a transportation strategy developed in close coordination with our partners. The Fellow will also design creative interpretive materials for the Battle of Midway in partnership with the National Conservation Training Center. The Fellow will create an essential coordination tool to determine how to best share and preserve the history of the Battle of Midway through a focused storage, preservation, and interpretation strategy for historical artifacts. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and senior who are pursuing a degree in education and outreach, social sciences, history/archives/museum studies, humanities, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Ability and willingness to live in a remote camp for weeks at a time; Must be organized and detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and make decisions independently using initiative and good judgement in completing tasks and responsibilities; Must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written forms. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and with diverse partners.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, partnership building, public speaking, excellent organizational skills, and technical writing skills. An understanding and appreciation of World War II history.