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Digital Media Outreach Specialist – Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (Leavenworth)

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

Location: Legacy Region 1, Leavenworth Fisheries Complex, Leavenworth, WA. (If project needs to be remote due to COVID -19, Fellow will work from home and receive a housing stipend.)

Housing: None provided, but a housing stipend to cover rent. If project must become remote, the Fellow may receive a monthly housing stipend reimbursement (up to $1,500.00 per month).

Project Background: The Leavenworth Fisheries Complex (LFC) has 100,000 visitors a year at the Leavenworth, Entiat, and Winthrop national fish hatcheries.  That is a startling number for our small facilities.  Our challenge is to provide the best possible experience for our visitors – and that begins off-site.  With effective digital outreach, we can invite visitors to come here, pique their interest, and prepare them for what they might see and do.  We can also serve “virtual visitors” who may not be able to travel to our hatcheries, or enter buildings, due to local and regional travel and health restrictions. Paving the way for in-person and virtual visits, we can deliver important, relevant conservation messages targeted audiences, such as English- and Spanish-speaking audiences. Creating an appropriate and interesting digital outreach package requires time, specific interests, motivation, and specialized skills. This is an ideal job and unique opportunity for a DFP Fellow to fulfill a critical need for Region 1’s Fish and Aquatic Conservation (FAC) program and the LFC in FY2022.  The FAC program nationally has produced an excellent communication strategy.  Since the start of the Covid pandemic, virtual communications have become even more critical. Based on a document from our leadership, the LFC aims to follow the goals outlined: 1) increase awareness of FAC work and its relevance to target audiences, 2) create consistent messages while working collaboratively to increase participation in angling, outdoor recreation, and conservation, and 3) sync with overall Service and DOI goals.

Project Duties: The Fellow will be producing digital media that help deliver our messages to audiences we target. Among these audiences is our Spanish-speaking community, which makes up 60% of the City of Wenatchee (largest city near the LFC).  The Fellow will work with the Visitor Services Manager to assemble a specific list of digital outreach projects (such as a virtual 3-D tour of the hatchery visitor center and buildings) and will rank the projects in order of priority. The Fellow will work with partners to produce Spanish-language versions of each digital outreach project, as appropriate. The Fellow will plan an achievable timeline to complete each project, starting with the top priority. Finally, the Fellow will design and outline a project continuation plan for future staff members and volunteers to complete post Fellowship. We expect some digital outreach projects to be fully completed by the end of the Fellowship and other assignments to reach varying stages of design and development for future work.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Undergraduate rising seniors and senior who are pursuing a degree in education and outreach, social sciences, history/archives/museum studies, humanities, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: If onsite/in-person, a valid driver’s license is required.

Desired Characteristics: Written and oral proficiency in Spanish as well as English, strong communication skills, technical proficiency in working with digital media, and experience working on teams are desired.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Office Multi-Species Priority Habitat Mapping for Climate Resiliency (Lacey)

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

Location: Fellow will work from their home location but will receive a housing stipend from Legacy Region 1, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Lacey, Washington.

Housing: Project is remote. Fellow will receive a reimbursement of up to $1,500.00 per month housing stipend based on submission of rental receipt during 11-week project duration.

Project Background: This project is a remote Fellowship working with the Central Washington Field Office (in Wenatchee, WA) and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office (in Lacey, WA). The Multi-species Priority Habitat Mapping for Climate Resiliency Project for the East slope Cascades and Westside Forests Ecosystem Zones will identify and map areas that should be prioritized for recovery and restoration for multiple species.  These two zones encompass multiple forested areas and watersheds from alpine headwaters down to the lower river systems and are home to several high priority species and their habitats including bull trout, northern spotted owl, Canada lynx, Mt. Rainier White-tailed ptarmigan, White bark pine and many others. This mapping project will identify refugia areas that will help maintain and recover multiple species in the future under climate change. 

Project Duties: The Fellow tasks and duties during the project will include coordinating weekly meetings with an advisory team of species and issue leads and the WFWO GIS technical lead to develop a multi-species integrated mapping tool.

The Fellow will produce (1) a compilation of existing priority habitat mapping data for single species (2) An integrated mapping tool for prioritizing refugia areas for conservation of multiple species in a future under climate change for the East slope Cascades and Westside Forests Ecosystem Zones in Washington, and (3) will produce a summary document with methodology and rationale used for the mapping tool, and needs and data gaps for future climate resiliency priority area mapping efforts for multiple species. Job shadowing opportunities from the field office to regional level will be plentiful. Multiple high priority species in the WFWO offices have monthly, range-wide species and planning coordination meetings with internal and external partners. There will be opportunities to attend and participate in these coordination meetings, as well as shadow technical, issue and species leads.

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Graduate – second-year MS student with advanced GIS mapping and modeling skills, with a major in either the Geographic Information Sciences and/or the Biological Sciences (including, but not limited to Natural Resource Management, Zoology, Environmental Science, Ecology, or Conservation Biology).

Working Conditions/Requirements: The project is remote and requires access to high-speed internet. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, statistical software (such as R) and ArcMap/ArcPro (GIS). Must be organized, detail oriented, be able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

Desired Characteristics: Knowledge of natural resource and wildlife management including the habitat needs of plants, fish, and wildlife. Experience with and knowledge of habitat suitability modeling, etc. is desired. Strong candidates for this project include interpersonal communication skills, partnership building skills, public speaking experience, leadership roles (school, extracurricular, etc.), teamwork skills, and technical writing skills.