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To apply for any position(s), please email the project title and your resume to ansep.web@gmail.com

IPaC Species Data Entry in the Pacific Southwest Region (Las Vegas)

Location: Legacy Region 8, Pacific Southwest, Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office, Las Vegas, Nevada

Housing: Supported, housing stipend amount dependent on documentation of actual cost of rent at remote work location ($1,000/month max)

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

Project Background: Development and utilization of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) web-based Information for Planning and Consultation system (IPaC) is a top priority for the Service’s Pacific Southwest Endangered Species Program. This project will assist the Southern Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office (SNFWO) in fully leveraging IPaC in the management of the Mojave Desert tortoise (tortoise). The tortoise’s needs, status, and threats present myriad management challenges across its range. With the anticipated growth of the human population and associated development, including renewable energy, transportation, and utilities, in southern Nevada, i.e., Las Vegas, IPaC will critically support the SNFWO’s efforts to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Project Duties: The Fellow will serve in a role equivalent to a SNFWO biologist to contribute meaningfully to the completion of the interoffice effort to bring IPaC features fully online for use in administering section 7 of the ESA, interagency consultations, for the tortoise. The Fellow will learn about tortoise related issues and biology and evaluate projects proposed by federal lead agencies. Completion of the project will require collaboration with Service field offices, the Regional Office, and the national IPaC team. Exposure to multiple levels of the Service will provide organizational insight while the project provides experience implementing national and regional policy and priorities at the field office level. Integrating species biology and management actions into a web-based organizational system is inherently complex. The Fellow will gain real-world experience solving complex problems that arise while aligning biology and ecology with policy and technical systems and demonstrate their ability to do so effectively within the Service. The Fellow will position themselves as an experienced user of a Service tool (IPaC) that will become increasingly relied upon for much of the work performed in ecological services offices across the country.

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.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Work independently and with a team exceptionally well. Ability to read and objectively extract pertinent data from scientific documents. Document all work in detail. Communicate effectively and tactfully. Strong ability to summarize/assimilate information into a usable work product. Familiarity with wildlife ecology. The work is primarily desk-based and sedentary.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication; partnership building; project management experience; public speaking; leadership roles; teamwork; technical writing; data management experience; analytical skills; comfort using virtual platforms for meetings; knowledge of ESA section 7, project types and activities.

Stillwater NWR Water Rights Acquisition Program Analysis and Review (Fallon)

Location: Legacy Region 8, Pacific Southwest, Stillwater NWR, Fallon, NV

Housing: Provided, at Duty Station, Refuge Housing Rent-Free

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

Project Background: Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is a globally important bird area located in Northern Nevada within the Great Basin Ecosystem.  It provides critical wetland habitat for migratory birds within one of the driest regions of the country.  The refuge has had an active Water Rights Acquisition Program (WRAP) for over 30 years and was legislatively directed to acquire enough water and water rights to sustain a long-term average of 25,000 acres of wetlands in the Lahontan Valley.  An updated analysis of the program is needed, and this Fellowship will assist in documenting its successes and the current long-term average of wetland acres to guide decisions about the future of the program. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will assist with site assessments, GIS and data analysis, technical writing, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  The Fellow will be responsible for drafting a summary of the results for Refuge management.  A better understanding of the direct impact of the WRAP program and its legacy on the refuge’s management will assist managers and leadership in providing direction for the future of the program and its contribution towards building resiliency of the refuge system in the face of climate change and water shortages in the West. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in areas such as Biological Science, Social Science, Geographic Information Sciences, Information Technology or Computer Sciences, or other closely related fields.

Working Conditions/Requirements: Valid Driver’s License (to drive Government Vehicle)

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal Communication, Partnership Building, Project Management Experience, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Management/Facilitation, and Technical Writing.