Conservation Agreements Tracking Intern - Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office

Hispanic Access Foundation - Carlsbad, CA
$540 a week

Carlsbad, CA
Position Title: Conservation Agreements Tracking Intern (DFP)
Location: Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office - Carlsbad, California

The U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is partnering with Hispanic Access Foundation to assist with recruitment and administration of the 2020 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students who are interested in a conservation career.

DFP is an 11-week summer fellowship working on projects that support FWS conservation priorities. Eligible students who are pursuing degrees in biological science and/or natural resources management will possess the desired qualifications to apply for participation in the 2020 DFP. There are 100+ fellowship opportunities located at FWS field offices throughout the nation.

There are 2 ways to apply:
1) apply to any individual DFP position/s that you are specifically interested in, or
2) apply to the general DFP program, if you're selected as a finalist, you'll be matched with a position that aligns with your education and experience. This is the application specifically for the fellowship titled:
Conservation Agreements Tracking Intern (DFP)

Project Description: The Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office (CFWO) is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field office responsible for the protection, conservation, and recovery of federally endangered and threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act (Act) in southern California. One option available to project proponents to offset impacts to federally protected species and other sensitive wildlife is the purchase of credits from an established conservation bank. Conservation banks are lands that are legally conserved, restored and managed in perpetuity for the benefit of certain species and habitats under the terms of a conservation banking agreement. The fellow will work with the CFWO to track compliance with conservation banking agreements. The fellow will evaluate office records to determine if requirements of the agreements have been met or documented. When missing information or requirements are identified, the fellow will coordinate with the property owner (or land manager) to obtain the missing information. This may include reviewing annual reports and conducting site visits to conservation banks with State and Federal Agencies to identify any outstanding management tasks and to help resolve deficiencies in land management. The fellow will enter compliance information into an internal CFWO database to monitor the progress of each bank in meeting its requirements. The fellow will also map the conservation areas using GIS in the database to allow CFWO biologists to visualize conserved areas across the landscape. The fellow will gain real world experience related to the policies, regulations, and conservation strategies of the FWS for federally protected and sensitive plants and wildlife. The fellow will also gain contacts within the FWS, and with other federal and state agencies, and land managers. Training will be provided on relevant southern California species and ecology, conservation strategies, wildlife/habitat management, GIS mapping, and database management. Desired Qualifications: Coursework/background in conservation biology, wildlife biology, ecology, botany, natural resource management, environmental policy, GIS, and/or cartography is desired. Ability to conduct fieldwork in semi-remote locations. Minimum Education Level and Major Requirement:
Undergraduate rising seniors and seniors who have not yet completed their degree requirements and are pursuing a degree in conservation biology, wildlife biology, ecology, botany, natural resource management, environmental policy, GIS, cartography or other closely related fields.

Working Conditions/Requirements: The majority of work will be conducted from an office environment at the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office. Some fieldwork will be required, which will be outdoors in semi-remote locations. The fellow must be comfortable working outside and hiking up steep terrain in moderately warm conditions.

DFP Eligibility Requirements

  • The student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate (completed junior year - rising seniors) or graduate degree program, and who will not complete their degree requirements prior to the completion of the 2020 DFP 11-week fellowship ending in August 2020.
  • A recent graduate is ineligible to participate in FWS DFP unless they provide verification that college education will continue.
  • Pursuing biological science and/or natural resource management degrees
  • Demonstrated interest, education and/or experience in fish and wildlife conservation
  • US citizen or permanent residents
  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  • Must be available for 12 weeks (1 week orientation plus 11 week fellowship)
  • Beginning mid-May or mid-June 2020 and ending in August or September 2020
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • $540 weekly stipend based on a 40-hour work week
  • Travel expenses paid - roundtrip travel to and from fellowship site
  • Travel for a 1-week orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV
  • Housing stipend provided.
  • Hands-on experience
  • Fellows may be eligible for a permanent position in the FWS after successfully completing their fellowship and degree requirements
How to Apply:
Complete an application on our MANO website. You’ll be asked to submit a resume and an unofficial transcript with your application. If you have met the eligibility requirements for the 2020 DFP, you will be contacted by HAF with the next steps.

Application questions or issues may be directed to Marlene Manzo at [email protected] or Michelle Neuenschwander at [email protected]

Application Deadline: January 10, 2020
  • Fellows are hired as contractors, taxes will not be withheld from stipends. Fellows will be provided a 1099-MISC form for tax purposes.
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