U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)

Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)

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).

DFP is for students interested in conservation careers. The 11-week internship focuses on projects that support FWS conservation priorities. Internships begin in mid-May or June 2020 and end in August or September 2020. 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. You are applying to be part of the 2020 cohort of over 100 fellows. 

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.


DFP Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate (completed junior year or 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
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • 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)
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Demonstrated interest, education and/or experience in fish and wildlife conservation


  • $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 provided in select locations
  • 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 for: 1) any individual position/s OR 2) the general DFP program. You’ll be asked to submit a resume and transcript with your application. If you have met the eligibility requirements for the 2020 DFP, HAF will share additional info via email for you to apply for specific DFP projects throughout the United States. Application questions or issues may be directed to Marlene Manzo at marlene@hispanicaccess.org or Michelle Neuenschwander at michelle@hispanicaccess.org.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.




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