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ACE: USFWS DFP Using ArcGIS Pro to examine landscape factors for pondberry restoration, AR (Graduate Student) (DFP-LR4-14)

Summary: The Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level.  Upon successful completion of the Fellowship program, along with degree conferral, participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions. 
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service goal is to promote and maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce that thrives in an environment accessible to all and free of employment discrimination. DFP provides an opportunity for interested students from all diverse backgrounds, including women, minorities, and other underrepresented populations to gain valuable experience leading to a career in conservation.

Start Date(s): mid-May or mid-June 2021 (depending on academic calendar)
End Date: End of summer
Location: Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge, Turrell, AR

Housing: Remote project

Project Description: Use a variety of geospatial surfaces to extract information where endangered pondberry (Lindera melissifolia) may currently be located or could potentially be restored on Wapanocca and Cache River NWRs. Data used to determine locations will include microclimate, microtopography, soil characteristics, land use land cover (LU/LC) associations. This will assist in finding areas with ideal conditions for locating or restoring pondberry and assist with targeting future land acquisitions.  

Minimum education: Graduate student who has completed at least their first year or more of graduate school (Masters or PhD), but will not complete their degree requirements before Sept. 2021, pursuing a degree in biological sciences, geographic and information sciences, or other closely related field.

Work conditions/Requirements: Remote work.

Desired Qualifications: Knowledge of endangered species and pondberry (Lindera melissifolia); proficiency in ARC GIS Pro with at least 6 credits of GIS-intensive coursework.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, academic transcripts and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with 3 partner organizations to administer the Directorate Fellows Program for 2021:
  • American Conservation Experience (ACE)
  • Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF; for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities; HBCUs; for more information, click here)
Each partner organization is administering a specific number of projects based in different geographic locations. 

**To preview a list of all 2021 DFP positions, please view the following link: HERE**
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply via multiple partners to view all project opportunities.

NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received.  This announcement may close at any time if we have a sufficient number of applicants - APPLY NOW.   If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE recruitment staff at

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. We support diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.