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Assessment of Renewable Energy Investment at Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries (Laurel)

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

Location: North Atlantic Appalachian Region, Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD 

Housing: Supported, housing provided onsite, rent-free

Project Background: This project has two focus areas: First, the Fellow will canvass the Legacy Region Stations (NWRS and FAC) at which green infrastructure investments have been made already to ascertain whether they have lived up to expectations, as well as any lessons learned since implementations. Photovoltaic systems have been installed at 43 stations; 3 stations have wind turbines; 1 station installed a small hydro-turbine; and 15 stations have had geothermal systems installed. Site visits to representative stations from this list to talk to field staff would be an important aspect of the project. The second aspect of this project would be to write a report/presentation recommending specific future investments in green energy within the region.

Project Duties: Evaluating the efficacy of these investments, as well as highlighting unforeseen challenges associated with them will better inform the region in pursuing future green energy investments.  The Fellow will also write a report/presentation recommending specific future investments in green energy within the region. The recommendations within this report/presentation should reflect investment areas consistent with Biden-Harris Administration and DOI priorities for a “Clean Energy Future”. Some outstanding questions to address: How should we expand our green infrastructure footprint? How do we shift our reliance toward a cleaner energy vehicle fleet, and what infrastructure do we need in to make it possible? Are there options and locations for the Region to implement larger projects on Service-owned lands consistent with the FWS mission? Through this project, the Fellow will help the Service plan more strategically with respect to investing in future green energy projects. Site visits to representative stations from this list to talk to field staff will expected during the project.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in renewable energy, natural resource management, land management, environmental engagement, engineering, or other closely related field. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid driver’s license and an ability to drive federal vehicles.

Desired Characteristics: An ideal candidate for this position would have skills and/or experience in the following areas: project management, technical writing, interpersonal communication, public speaking, teamwork, and leadership (school, extracurricular, etc.).