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Implementing a National Digital Communication (Storytelling) Framework (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: USFWS is currently undergoing a massive transition in its digital technology (e.g., new website, new Intranet, new Digital Asset Management System). This project will help Service staff effectively navigate this transition to efficiently and effectively use digital tools available to enhance the agency’s brand and better connect the American people with our conservation mission and to and public lands, and will foster improved internal coordination, resulting in more effective and efficient external communication about fish, wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation. Working closely with the Service’s National Social Media Manager and National Digital Media Strategists Team, the Fellow will complete a rigorous project that enhances the Service’s brand and online presence, and will apply project management skills, problem solving abilities, and creativity to improve and enhance digital communication products and strategy. Finally, the Fellow will also network with digital media experts across the U.S., in addition to agency leadership. The Fellow’s work will ensure that the Service’s online tools, channels, platforms, and communication products meet the needs of 21st century Americans, including excellence in customer service and providing an informative, educational, and fun experience that connects people from all backgrounds and geographies with nature and opportunities to get involved.

Project Duties:  The Fellow will implement a new national editorial calendar, a national digital media content strategy and framework, develop an agency-wide communication metrics (evaluation) toolkit, identify training needs and opportunities, develop training resources and tools to be used across the agency’s digital media community, including strategies and recommendations to bring a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to all the Service’s social media platforms, channels, and accounts. The Fellow will develop original social media posts for the agency’s national accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and creative web content/blog posts around national priorities and timely/seasonal happenings related to fish, plant, wildlife, and habitat conservation. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas:  Undergraduate rising seniors, seniors, who are pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences, Education, Outreach, Social Sciences, Policy, Social and Digital Media, Computer Science., or other closely related fields. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal or Cross-Cultural communication skills, Partnership building, Project Mgmt./experience, Mentoring experience, Public speaking, Leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), Teamwork, Conflict Mgmt./ Facilitation, Technical Writing, Other: Social and digital media content production, analytics/metrics/evaluation; survey design and implementation; focus group design and implementation.

Foreign Species Fellow – Candidate Notice of Review Project: 2 Positions Available (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing:  Not supported. 

Project Background: Please join the dynamic team in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Headquarters Office for an exciting Fellowship opportunity with the Ecological Services Program, Branch of Delisting and Foreign Species.  The two positions are in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside the Nation’s Capital, allowing for ample networking opportunities both within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and with external partners. The selected Fellow will assist the Service in meeting the statutory requirement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to assess annually the status of foreign species listed as candidates for inclusion on the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the ESA.  This work is essential in determining whether a species should be elevated or removed from candidate status or have its listing priority number changed. 

Project Duties:  Specifically, the Fellow will be responsible for conducting literature searches for the best scientific and commercial information available to assess the status of 19 foreign species listed as candidates under the ESA. The Fellow will update the species status assessments based on their research, and work to conduct briefings and prepare documents (including briefing papers, and outreach materials) associated with the 19 foreign species for inclusion in the formal review and submission of the Candidate Notice of Review (CNOR) to the Federal Register.  This is a terrific Fellowship opportunity if you are interested in learning more about international conservation and federal and international laws governing wildlife as well as gaining experience in endangered species research and writing!

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Teamwork, Technical Writing, Other: Knowledge in wildlife biology, environmental science and policy, ecology, or similar preferred; experience with basic computer applications.

GIS-based National Spill Threat Assessment (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background:  This position is a remote project based out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters office in Falls Church, VA.  The Service works with other response agencies to minimize exposure and adverse effects to natural resources from the spill and associated response activities. Over the last two decades, the Spill program has responded to hundreds of spills to protect Service trust resources; however, data is not typically tracked in a meaningful geospatial context or with threats to Service priorities, such as endangered or at-risk species, considered. 

Project Duties: The DFP Fellow will develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) based application and online dashboard capturing spill data, species habitat ranges, DOI lands, pipelines, railways, and navigable waters to create new data layers to demonstrate spatially where spills or threats of spills overlap with potential impact to several Service priorities. This project will allow the Service Spills program to better identify risks and contingency plan for future spills. The DFP will also present a webinar demonstrating the utility of the application.

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

Working Conditions/Requirements:  ArcGIS experience.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication skills, Partnership building, Public speaking, Leadership roles, and Teamwork.

Measuring impact of Service international species conservation (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA. Supervisor is based in Region 7, Anchorage, AK.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: The USFWS International Affairs Program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. Through the Species Programs, we work with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world to help conserve and manage these animals. Our programs have tested monitoring and evaluation practices to incorporate into our grant-making and decision-making processes for international financial assistance. Programs have new reporting responsibilities following US Congressional legislation enacted in 2016 for the monitoring and evaluation of foreign assistance, as well as 2018 legislation and guidelines on the use of evidence and data in government programs. 

Project Duties:  The major goal of the DFP project is to assist in the next phase of incorporating new practices, compilation of data from key partners and landscapes, and preliminary analysis and presentation of key findings and messages. The Fellow will create the following deliverables include: (1) compilation of key data, including past USFWS funding history, for at least 100 international wildlife strongholds(est. 1500 grants awarded by USFWS international species programs) for the USFWS Division of International Conservation species programs (e.g., African elephant, rhinos, tigers); (2) systematic review of 2022 requests for USFWS funding to document history of past support, major interventions to conserve target wildlife species, cross-referenced with a global library of effectiveness and evidence. Additional products and collaborations are possible, contingent on skills, creativity, and interest, including assistance on a contract with the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation. Professional development may include online networking opportunities with the conservation evidence community and international partners in wildlife conservation, collaboration with USFWS conservation staff, and hands-on training and application of innovative techniques to document conservation impact and evidence of effectiveness of USFWS efforts to conserve foreign species.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Graduate students who have completed at least their first year or more of graduate school (Masters or PhD), and are pursuing a degree in the biological or social sciences, communications, evaluation, or closely related fields. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: (1) Proficiency in Excel, including data entry and functions, organization & presentation; (2) capable and responsible to appropriately handle sensitive information; and (3) telework-ready including regular access to functional internet and Microsoft Office.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, partnership building, project management experience, teamwork, technical writing, evaluation, data management.

Communicating the Impact of International Programs to Combat Wildlife Trafficking (Falls Church)

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: The DFP Fellow would be located 100% remote in a telework position; however, the supervisor and team sit at Headquarters in Falls Church, VA and the Fellow will be expected to engage on Eastern Standard Time. Wildlife trafficking is the second greatest threat to biodiversity after habitat destruction, affecting more than 6,000 species and valued at $72 to $216 billion each year. The United States recognizes wildlife trafficking as a serious transnational crime that threatens species and undermines U.S. priorities, including national security, human health, and the economy. The Combating Wildlife Trafficking Strategy and Partnerships (CWT) Branch in the USFWS’ International Affairs program provides technical and financial support to address threats from illegal wildlife trade. The CWT Branch recently established two programs to: 1) sponsor regional cohorts in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Master’s Course, and 2) provide financial assistance that conserve species primarily threatened by wildlife trafficking. 

Project Duties: The CWT Branch seeks a Fellow to lead the development of outreach materials to share the outcomes and impacts of these two high-profile programs with Congress, interagency partners, and international collaborators. To promote the CITES Master’s Course and Priority Species Program, the Fellow will create a communications and outreach strategy, synthesize written and graphical content, design layouts, and manage to production a suite of outreach materials (consisting of a fact sheet, social media toolkit, and booklet or blog articles) for each program. The Fellow will advance their skills in crafting compelling narratives to spotlight program successes; in cross-team collaboration while working closely with programmatic and outreach staff from the CWT Branch and Office of Outreach and Communication; and in targeting and delivering outreach to diverse audiences.

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

Working Conditions/Requirements: Outstanding oral and written communication skills; strong graphic design skills; proficiency with the Adobe product suite including mandatory skills in Photoshop and InDesign; ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task and deliver on multiple projects; attention to detail; demonstrated ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication; project management experience; teamwork.

CITES CoP19 Preparation Assistance (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: This is an opportunity for a Directorate Fellow to learn about wildlife trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) through assistance in the preparation for the CITES Nineteenth Conference of Parties (CoP19) in November 2022. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Affairs Program is the lead agency for implementing CITES in the United States.  CITES is an international agreement, which regulates international trade in more than 35,000 wild animal and plant species, including their parts, products, and derivatives. U.S. engagement with other CITES Parties (potentially 182 countries) is required to allow the United States Government to meet our obligations under the treaty and further the interests of the U.S. We are a major importer and exporter of CITES-listed animals and plants. Species protected by CITES are included in one of three appendices, according to the degree of protection they need: Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction and provides the greatest level of protection, including restrictions on commercial trade. Appendix II includes species that may become so without trade regulations to ensure trade is legal and sustainable. Appendix III includes species protected by at least one country that needs assistance from other Parties to monitor its international trade. 

Project Duties: The Division of Scientific Authority (DSA) invites a Fellow to use their scientific and conservation biology expertise and communication skills to evaluate species against the CITES biological and trade criteria for inclusion of taxa in the CITES Appendices, prepare species proposals for the inclusion, reclassification, and removal of species in the CITES Appendices. The Fellow will 1) draft and develop U.S. submissions, 2) evaluate other countries’ species proposals, and 3) prepare U.S negotiating positions and documents in preparation for CoP19.  The Fellow will provide policy and technical support for CITES activities of DSA with an opportunity for networking in the international arena.

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 a pursuing degree in biological sciences, education, outreach, or closely related fields. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A. 

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Cross-Cultural communication skills, Partnership building, Public speaking, Teamwork, Technical Writing.

Preparations for CITES 19th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: The USFWS International Affairs Program coordinates domestic and international efforts to protect, restore, and enhance the world’s diverse wildlife and their habitats with a focus on species of international concern. Through the International Affairs and Branch of Wildlife Trade and Conservation we provide important support to CITES and the upcoming Conference of Parties. The Fellow for this project would have the opportunity to work on supporting this Conference and, by so doing, helping protect international wildlife resources. Their position papers, research, and communication tools would be utilized at the highest level of USFWS leadership including during the Conference of the Parties.

Project Duties: The Fellow will: 1) assist in with the preparation and development of position papers in response to recommendations of the CITES Secretariat on various resolution and decisions agenda items or researching information to prepare those proposals prepared by the United States, 2) develop spreadsheets for timelines on task needed in preparation for the CoP, and 3) participating in meeting with interagency officials, as well as domestic and international stakeholders including countries and NGO participants. The DFP will be able to engage with domestic and internationals partners and stakeholders. The Fellow will deliver Federal Registrar text and draft briefing and outreach materials for CoP19. 

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 biological sciences, education/outreach, social sciences/humanities, law enforcement/criminal justice, communications/marketing, or closely related fields. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication skills, partnership building, public speaking, teamwork, technical writing.

Review of Public comments on ESA 4(d) proposed rulemaking (Falls Church)

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

Location:  This is a project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing:  Not supported.

Project Background: This opportunity will provide the DFP with a Headquarters experience.  The DFP’s work will fit into the mission of our program by contributing towards conservation of a foreign species by being part of a team that works on reviewing and responding to public comments and revising a final rule under Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA); primarily working with a staff biologist.  The DFP will gain experience in the federal rulemaking process and will gain an understanding of the regulatory realm of the federal government.  The DFP will learn about responding to public comments through the rulemaking process, will gain exposure to regulations.gov, and will learn about the U.S. FWS International Affairs Program (IA), and the ESA.  Professional development opportunities include being able to meet staff within FWS IA and headquarters, gaining a headquarters experience, and gaining experience with the rulemaking process.

Project Duties: During the Fellowship, the DFP Fellow will work on a team within IA/DMA by reviewing, drafting responses to and organizing comments on a proposal to revise a 4(d) rule for a charismatic high-profile species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). We anticipate receiving upwards of 100,000 comments on the proposed rule and the Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in a task that is foundational to U.S. government service in implementing laws and regulations by reviewing, organizing, analyzing, and responding to comments from the public on the revision to an ESA 4(d) rule.  The Fellow will be expected to attend staff meetings within IA; demonstrate a high degree of autonomy and personal responsibility while working on the project. At the end of the internship, the Fellow will present the culmination of their work to the key decision maker; the Chief, Branch of Permits.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences, social science, outreach, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: N/A.

ePermits Communications Team Lead (Falls Creek)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: The 2022 DFP project introduces the Fellow to a cross-programmatic effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to modernize and build a fully electronic permit application and processing system.  The project introduces the Fellow to the new ePermits web-based permitting platform and provides the Fellow with extensive opportunities to create internal and external outreach initiatives to further the understanding of the ePermits system by both the FWS and the public.  As the ePermits Communications Team Lead, the Fellow will be the primary point of contact working in close collaboration with the ePermits cross-programmatic technical and executive teams and Accenture Federal Services to deliver communications in support of the ePermits system and its constituencies. The Fellow will work with ePermits experts to gain practical knowledge of how the FWS conserves listed species. Your project manager will provide developmental opportunities to build skills in leadership, including critical and strategic thinking, innovation, creativity, and independent work habits. The Fellow will have opportunities to network with other DFPs, staff in field offices, and other Regions to learn about diverse and exciting conservation efforts across the country. The DFP project manager will guide the Fellow through this 11-week project to ensure you gain a strong foundation in how the FWS works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Project Duties:   The Fellow will develop a portfolio that includes responsibilities and tasks, including: 1) implementation of communications strategy for ePermits to meet communication audiences including permitting stakeholders, internal stakeholders, OMB, Congress, and DOI leadership; 2) design and support external stakeholder listening sessions; 3) coordinate and oversee development the and maintenance of content for ePermits, including FAQs, permit application landing pages, and knowledge articles;  4) participate in planning meetings with the ePermits Technical Team and other stakeholders within and outside of the agency; 5) organize and participate in demonstrations of the ePermits system, including internal and external stakeholders; 6) serve as the primary communications staff member liaising with the “change management” staff member working for Accenture Federal Services on tasks such as: distribution of a monthly e-newsletter to ePermits users within FWS, distribution of periodic messages to key stakeholders, organizing and developing trainings and content for FWS staff, managing the USFWS Intranet site for ePermits and design, and develop content for ‘how to’ videos produced by the National Conservation Training Center; and lead work with AFS staff to guide the development and improvements of the “user portal” and user experience for ePermits. The goal is to create a platform that is as user friendly as possible.

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: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, Cross-Cultural communication skills, Partnership building, Project Management experience, Leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), Teamwork.

Customer Experience Journey Mapping Liaison (Falls Creek)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: The IRTM Customer Experience (CX) program exists to create a consistent and positive experience for customers through project participation, aligned with the strategic use of tools, and to develop customer centric communications. The Fellow will have an opportunity to engage with employees in multiple areas within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Department of the Interior, and its Bureaus. Conversations will originate internally within Customer Experience and Training program, serving as the conduit for customers to reach back to IRTM. The opportunity to expand into the larger professional network will be necessitated by the need to collect knowledge and familiarity with Information Technology (IT), Administrative Operations, and FWS mission areas. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will gain experiences in communications, training development, and business analytics. Additionally, the Fellow will work with multiple programs across the Service to translate business needs and user stories into critically needed documentation and training resources by creating a Journey mapping template. Then, translate key business-oriented tasks into stories by creating 3 or more journey maps. These will reveal information that will be used to refine processes and procedures to improve the customer experience.  Additionally, the Fellow will collaborate, develop, and create weekly customer centric communications for review and distribution through email, newsletters, and SharePoint. The Fellow will attend meetings and engage with leadership within the USFWS and the Department of Interior, in support of this digital customer experience project. Using the skills and networking opportunities the Fellow will become a key part of building the customer experience journey in support of the FWS mission.  

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Communication/Outreach; Information Technology, communications/marketing, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements:  N/A.

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

Assessing and facilitating FWS reduction of bird-glass collisions (Falls Creek)

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

Location:  This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: Recent research determined that North America has lost nearly three billion birds since 1970 which motivates an organized response from the Service. Given that bird collisions with glass and towers result in fatalities of more than 1 billion birds per year in North America, the Service is taking steps to reduce those collisions. The Service recently developed, tested, and improved an online interactive spatial building survey tool allowing a rapid quantification of the Service buildings and towers and their risks to birds. To accomplish survey completion, outreach and facilitation are needed. This project offers a unique opportunity to network with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program and National Wildlife Refuge System and address bird collisions occurring at Service refuges throughout the U.S. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will be provided background on the latest science and management in bird collision prevention and familiarized with tools for assessing refuge buildings and other infrastructure for collision risk. Once equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools, the Fellow will develop outreach and educational materials to encourage employees to complete the survey at their facilities, facilitate building and tower changes and educate the public.  At the end of the 11-week project, the Fellow will present to Service staff and regional leadership about their experience and progress with addressing bird strikes at Service facilities. The Fellow will be working remotely from their desired location.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in Biological sciences, Education/outreach, social sciences, communications/marketing, Information Technology/Computer Science, or other closely related field. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communications skills, partnership building, teamwork, conflict, and management/facilitation.

Realizing America the Beautiful – A Bold Conservation Initiative (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: In January 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration set a national goal of conserving or restoring at least 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is joining with other federal agencies in supporting a 10-year, locally led campaign called “America the Beautiful” to help our nation achieve this goal. To meet this momentous opportunity, the Service built a diverse team of dedicated staff across the agency to map the path forward on immediate tasks, identify additional actions, and track our progress. Individual teams work with the Directorate and other Service leadership teams, relevant Service groups such as the national climate team, and with outside entities such as the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and non-federal partners. This DFP project will support the team focused on results and measuring the progress of the America the Beautiful initiative within the agency. This “Results” team will not only map a path forward on key deliverables specified in the Administration’s preliminary report, but also contribute more broadly on how progress will be meaningfully tracked. The Results team works with additional teams specializing in early focal areas, including the creation of more outdoor opportunities in nature-deprived communities, support for tribally led conservation, and more, in their efforts to meet the goals and spirit of the America the Beautiful campaign. This is an unparalleled opportunity for professional development, networking, national influence, and working alongside leadership. 

Project Duties: The Fellow will survey and catalog 100 USFWS projects that are contributing to the campaign’s goals and communicating the science of conservation behind the projects. Join the team to help the Service fulfill the promise of our nation’s first-ever national conservation goal! DFP Fellow tasks and duties during the project will include supporting the team focused on results and measuring the progress of the America the Beautiful initiative within the agency, including efforts to review the condition of fish and wildlife habitats and populations.  The DFP will track and monitor progress on other emphasis areas, such as creation of more outdoor opportunities in nature-deprived communities and tribally-led conservation initiatives. By the end of the Fellowship, the Fellow will have 1) developed and delivered at least one outreach tool to communicate the science of conservation underlying a subset of the 100 America the Beautiful projects surveyed by the Fellow and 2) finalized a spreadsheet and text summary of the campaigns results and key messages.

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

Working Conditions/Requirements: (1) Proficiency in Excel, including data entry and functions, organization & presentation; (2) Interest and/or experience in communication and science communication products.

Desired Characteristics: interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication skills, partnership building, project management experience, public speaking, leadership roles, teamwork, technical writing, and data management.

USFWS Climate Change Adaptation and Communications (Falls Church)

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

Location: This is a remote project based out of Region 9 (Headquarters), Falls Church, VA.

Housing: Not supported (remote).

Project Background: Successfully addressing climate change and other stressors that are transforming our lands and waters is the defining conservation challenge of the 21st Century. Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) on the national stage in working towards addressing climate change.  We’re seeking a student well versed in life sciences and communications to assist us in telling the Service story of how we are successfully adapting in the face of climate change.  The Service has developed a Climate Conservation Action Plan and you will serve an essential role in developing resources that will enable Service offices to further climate adaptation strategies across Service operations. The Fellow will work for the Division of Conservation Science and Partnerships in the Headquarters Science Applications program (SA), which emphasizes innovation and partnerships to address conservation challenges, resulting in a network of connected lands and waters that support healthy fish and wildlife populations.  In particular, SA interprets and collaborates on climate science so that the most current science and state of the art methodologies are applied to meet the urgent needs of conservation.   

Project Duties: The Fellow will assess on-the-ground climate adaptation strategies applied by various Service offices and programs and highlight case studies, detailing the environmental consequences of climate change, the species, and habitats most vulnerable to climate change effects and how they benefited from the management strategies applied. The Fellow will conduct literature reviews, interviews, and other searches to learn about the Service’s stewardship responsibilities, skills, and resources. The Fellow will compile state lists of Species of Greatest Conservation Need and identify species of common regional interest, particularly those species most vulnerable to climate change. The Fellowship will culminate, develop, and present impactful communications across a variety of mediums, highlighting the Service’s successful techniques in adapting to climate change. This multifaceted project involves networking with Service employees and programs across geographical regions as well as operational layers of the agency.  Successful completion of this project will require communications with State partners, scientists, and media experts, as well as resourceful literature and digital research, creativity, resourcefulness, and strong written and verbal communication skills. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who are pursuing a degree in biological sciences; education and outreach; social sciences and humanities; geographic information sciences; communications/marketing; or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: N/A.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication skills, partnership building, project management experience, public speaking, leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), teamwork, management/facilitation, technical writing.