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Live Evidence Coordinator- Turtle Fellow (Valley Stream)

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 5, Valley Stream Office of Law Enforcement, Valley Stream, NY.

Housing: Supported (monthly or lump sum provided by duty station in addition to stipend).

Project Background: This project will support the fight against global wildlife trafficking of US native turtles. Through collaboration and creative problem solving, the Fellow will improve conservation outcomes for seized, smuggled turtles, while helping OLE establish standard operating procedures and solidifying our partnerships with AZA institutions and other FWS divisions. The Fellow will work with or at various duty stations in Region 5. Some travel may be required (if in-person work is possible). 

Project Duties: The Fellow will create a contact list (rolodex) for long-term care and housing of seized turtles and other seized live animals. The Fellow will develop SOPs for shorter term care and housing. The Fellow will also organize and schedule safety training for field staff, to be provided by existing partners. The Fellow will develop a database for seized turtles, funding obligations, and timeframes. The Fellow will become an active member of the At-Risk Turtle Team. The Fellow will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with leaders in multiple Service Divisions, AZA partners, the Region 5 Office of Law Enforcement Management Team, and work alongside Inspectors and Special Agenda. The Fellow will receive mentoring from the Supervisory, Inspectors, and members of the At-Risk Turtle Team. The project will culminate in the Fellow presenting a self-generated presentation to the above groups. 

Minimum Education and Desired Degree Areas:  Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in biological sciences, education/outreach, social sciences/humanities, geographic and information sciences, law enforcement/criminal justice, communications/marketing, information technology/computer science, or other related fields.

Working Conditions and Requirements:  Valid driver’s license, Ability to lift/carry 50 lbs.

Desired Characteristics:  Interpersonal communication, Cross-Cultural communication skills, Partnership building, Public speaking, Leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), Teamwork, Conflict, Technical Writing.