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

D-2: Co-Stewardship Case Studies: Indigenous Collaboration

Region: Headquarters – HQ 9 (DC Metro Area)
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Position Type: Remote (Fellow will complete position from home or alternative worksite and will not be required to report to duty station on a regular basis)
Host site Location: Falls Church, VA Headquarters, Region 9
Fellowship Dates: Either May 20 - August 9, 2024 or June 16 - September 6, 2024 (with Orientation June 16-21 at NCTC)

Housing Support: Housing stipend up to $5,000 for the entire Fellowship is authorized based on actual expenses incurred.  Fellow will be required to provide documentation to validate reimbursement. 

Housing Description: Fellow will be responsible for locating and securing suitable housing.

Valid Driver’s License: Not Required

Position Description: Fellow position’s importance to conservation: The project's importance to conservation is emphasized by FWS Director's Order 227, which underscores the growing significance of fostering relationships and sharing knowledge with Indigenous Groups in the realm of co-stewardship and resource conservation. The project aims to magnify this value by creating case studies that showcase the benefits of co-stewardship in enhancing resource management, conservation efforts, and community engagement. These case studies, through their exploration of diverse collaborations, provide profound insights into partnership dynamics, integration of diverse perspectives, and positive outcomes. Beyond facilitating informed decision-making, they cultivate a deep understanding of the complex interplay between cultural, ecological, and societal factors. The anticipated impact is significant, as these case studies will serve as guiding lights, empowering staff across all levels with practical insights to nurture and sustain meaningful relationships.

To implement this position, the selected Fellow will be responsible for:

  • Developing several case studies showcasing co-stewardship initiatives involving Indigenous Groups that highlight collaboration and lessons learned. This will involve thorough research on existing co-stewardship initiatives, collaborative partnerships, and the integration of Indigenous Knowledge in resource management.
  • Analyzing the dynamics, successes, challenges, and outcomes of these efforts.
  • Collaborating with Indigenous communities, Refuge Managers, staff, and relevant entities to gather information, insights, and perspectives as well as build strong relationships and maintain open communication channels.

Fellows' opportunities to learn: We will select two Fellows to collaborate together on development of the case studies – which amplifies the impact of the project while also creating an environment where they can support and learn from each other. The Fellows will have encouraging mentorship from Native American Liaisons and other Native American Program leaders. The Fellows will spend a week shadowing leaders throughout the Fish and Wildlife Service and will also connect regularly with a career mentor who will provide guidance throughout their Fellowship and beyond. The Fellows will also have time to interview professionals from various fields in the Service, gaining insights into different paths and uncovering where their interests meet exciting career possibilities.

Minimum Education Level: Open for consideration to both undergraduate and graduate students who will not complete their degree requirements before September 22, 2024.

Fields of Study:

  • Biological Sciences Education/Outreach
  • Human Dimensions/Social Sciences/Humanities/Liberal Arts
  • Communication/Marketing
  • American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian studies

Working Conditions Requirements: 

  • Ability to work from home and participate in a dynamic and engaging virtual working environment. Availability to travel to headquarters and shadow with senior leadership and Refuge staff.

Desired Characteristics: 

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Partnership building
  • Project management experience
  • Critical thinking



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