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Summer ACE: USFWS DFP Wedge-tailed Shearwater Colony Database, Mapping, and Outreach, HI (DFP-LR1-09)

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: R1, Honolulu Refuges and Monuments Office, Honolulu, HI

Housing:  Supported- Fellow may receive a reimbursement of up to $360.00 per week housing stipend based on submission of rental receipt during 11-week project duration. If project must be done remotely due to COVID-19, Fellow may receive a housing reimbursement of up to $250.00 per week.

Project Description: The US Fish and Wildlife Service is recruiting for a Director's Fellow who is passionate about seabird conservation. The Fellow will work with USFWS and USGS staff in Hawaii, Oregon and California.  The Fellow will assist with development of a seabird colony database and map products to display seabird data, focusing on WTSH on a main Hawaiian Island. These products will help inform agencies, organizations, utilities, and the public about the presence of WTSH colonies in order to reduce disturbance during construction and other activities. The Fellow will identify and contact key partners and stakeholders such as state and federal governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations.  They will review database products, make recommendations to improve data consistency between agencies, identify and summarize data gaps, assemble conservation-related data features, and gather seabird survey protocols, with a focus on WTSHs. The Fellow will help develop web-based maps and outreach products and provide virtual or in-person presentations to inform stakeholders about the project.  This project is a great opportunity to interact with the seabird science and conservation community in Hawaii and to maintain and conserve Hawaii's seabirds for future generations.

Minimum Education Level and Major Requirement: Undergraduate Rising seniors who will not complete their degree requirements before Sept. 2021, and pursuing a degree in biological sciences including conservation biology, wildlife biology, ecology, marine science, marine biology or natural resource management; education/outreach including communications; geographic and information sciences including GIS, or other closely related field.

Working Conditions/Requirements: This position will mainly involve work with databases, creation of documents, and development of maps on a personal computer, plus communication by email, phone, video and in person. Written and oral proficiency in English, proficiency with Windows operating system and personal computers, and experience with databases are required. There may be opportunities for occasional fieldwork opportunities involving walking and riding in boats. Knowledge or experience with Hawaiian biology, seabird ecology, or conservation in Hawaii is required.

Desired Qualifications: Understanding of wildlife and conservation biology, or natural resources management. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Access or another database program. Interest or familiarity with ArcGIS. Interest or familiarity with outreach and education. Experience reading scientific papers and distilling information therein. Reference review and acquisition skills. Experience creating scientific protocol. Data entry, organization, and summary skills.  Strong interpersonal communication skills. Familiarity with Hawaii and Hawaiian culture.

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.