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Wetland bathymetry and a synthesis of cattail management (Middle River)

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

Location: Legacy Region 3 (Midwest); Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Middle River, Minnesota

Housing: Supported, bunkhouse, on-site

Project Background: This Fellowship position is located at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, located in northwest Minnesota within an ecologically unique transition zone between deciduous and boreal forests to the east and tallgrass prairie to the west. Agassiz NWR consists of 61,500 acres with the majority (60%) considered wetland habitat; much of this is in the form of actively managed wetland impoundments. The Refuge provides critical breeding and migratory habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other avian populations, and is home to a variety of resident wildlife including moose, bears, wolves, deer, grouse, and turkey. Cattail species are an ongoing threat to wetland habitat on the Refuge due to the aggressive growth of hybrid cattail which eliminates important habitat for nesting and migratory birds. The Refuge has been managing invasive cattail for >10 years with varying levels of success in different pools. This project would aim to inform management on how cattail is affecting wetland habitat quality, pool storage capacity, and in turn, how Agassiz management is affecting cattail. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will 1) collect bathymetry data on a wetland impoundment, and 2) incorporate that data into an evaluation of past cattail management records on the Refuge.

This work will include field data collection, input, and analysis (via ArcGIS); reviewing Refuge records on past management; and exploring correlations or trends between management techniques, water levels, and cattail recovery or regeneration patterns. The Fellow will incorporate their findings on the bathymetry work to examine water depth relationships with cattail extent. The Fellow will produce a final report and presentation on their investigation of cattail management at Agassiz NWR. In addition, the Fellow will get to attend the week-long Student Intern Workshop at the Regional Office to gain exposure to all the opportunities within the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences, Geographic Information Sciences or other closely related field (e.g., Natural Resources Management, Biology, Wildlife Conservation, Fisheries, Zoology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Land Management, Plant Science, Botany, Soil Science, Forestry, Invasive Species management) are qualified. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: A valid driver’s license and an ability to drive federal vehicles, ability to conduct field work involving hiking and carrying equipment, ability to lift/carry 50 lbs., ability, and willingness to live in a remote area for weeks at a time, and experience with ArcGIS.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, project management experience, public speaking skills or interest, conflict management and resolution skills, management and facilitation skills, technical writing skills, and interest in data analysis.

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

Project Type: FieldThis 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.

Building a Better Visitor Services Framework (Bloomington)

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 in Bloomington, Minnesota

Housing: Supported – $1,000.00 per month; will assist in locating local housing

Project Background:  Since its establishment, the National Wildlife Refuge System has worked strategically and collaboratively to conserve and protect fish, wildlife, and habitat for the benefit of the American people. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and refuges within the Midwest Region (Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa) are looking to support those efforts by creating and crafting meaningful messaging that reflects the mission of the agency and its work to connect with the needs of a changing society. Join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and help lay groundwork for the future of conservation interpretation.

Project Duties: Help us strengthen interpretation and public engagement within the Refuge System to create a connected conservation constituency! The Fellow will: 1) develop station specific interpretive thematic matrices for four stations in Region 3 to be used as a model for other stations of similar habitat or purpose (e.g. prairie, wetlands, river, islands, urban, wilderness, etc.), 2) develop and articulate the target audience needs for interpretive programming for each station, 3) develop an outdoor interpretive media plan based on the theme matrix and target audience for each station, and 4) develop and deliver a presentation to Service staff and relevant partners on findings and recommendations. The Fellow will get the full picture of the USFWS agency by visiting and networking with staff from field stations, the regional office, and headquarters, showcase your leadership and facilitation skills, and build your resume and future career. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences, Education/Outreach, Social Sciences/Humanities, Communications/Marketing or other closely related field. 

Working Conditions/Requirements:  Valid driver’s license (needed to drive a Government vehicle)

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, cross-cultural communication skills, project management experience, public speaking skills, leadership roles, conflict management skills, meeting facilitation skills, interpretation, and interpretive writing familiarity.

New Frontiers in Urban Conservation: Strategies to Benefit People and Pollinators (Bloomington)

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

Location: Region 3 Midwest Region, Regional Office, Bloomington, MN

Housing: Supported – $1,200.00 per month

Project Background: Interested in natural resource management, creating efficiencies, urban 

Initiatives, and/or maximizing conservation impact for the benefit of the American people? Join the dedicated Science Applications team in the Great Lakes Region that serves the 8 states of the upper Midwest: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri! The selected candidate for this Fellowship will be physically located at the USFWS Great Lakes Regional Office in Bloomington, Minnesota. The project will focus on the intersections of urban and pollinator conservation. 

Project Duties: This Fellowship will function as a program analyst, evaluating existing USFWS programs to illuminate novel opportunities and limitations for pollinator habitat conservation in urban and suburban landscapes. Resulting deliverables will entail an assessment report of agency’s programs, operations, and policies applicable to urban pollinator conservation and will include providing strategic recommendations for USFWS executives. The Fellow will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, regionally and nationally, with extensive developmental opportunities to learn about various agency programs and operations, regularly interacting with senior staff and agency leadership. 

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 public policy, public administration, natural resource management, environmental science and policy, economics, or closely related field

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

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, self-motivated, project management experience, public speaking, leadership roles, teamwork, management/facilitation, and technical writing. Desirable skills include project management, business/program analysis, policy analysis, public administration, business acumen, and operational strategy applied to natural resource issues.