U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) have partnered to connect diverse college students and recent grads to careers in natural resource conservation. This internship program was designed to hire and train undergraduate, recent grads, and/or graduate students at National Wildlife Refuges and/or at FWS Regional Offices nationwide.

HAF is currently partnered with the FWS Northeast, Midwest, Pacific, and Pacific Southwest Regions

Project Goal & Objectives

The partners’ long-term goal for this project is to build a strong number of inspired, skilled, culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse young people who have experienced natural resource careers. This will result in a diverse workforce of conservationists that reflects the composition of the regional population.

Through this project, HAF will select and oversee highly motivated students, ages 18-30 (up to 35 for veterans), who will be introduced to natural resource careers through paid internships involving hands-on work with, and training by, natural resource professionals employed by the FWS. Each intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend if needed. Some FWS sites offer free on-site housing.

Interns will be introduced to various real-world public education, interpretation, conservation, and rehabilitation activities through work assignments at FWS sites and through informal and/or formal training sessions provided by FWS employees. Participants will receive specialized training, mentoring and ongoing support from HAF to effectively carry out their assignments and to build or enhance skills in a manner consistent with local site priorities. Interns will gain an understanding of the opportunities for careers in natural resources and will build skills and experience required for success in these careers.

Basic Eligibility

  • Local Candidates preferred but not required
  • Enrolled in a university/college undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated with a bachelor's degree
  • Ages 18 to 30, up to 35 for veterans
  • Possess US citizenship or residency, must undergo a government background check
  • Most positions require a valid Driver's License
  • A personal vehicle is recommended for most positions

Selection criteria

Candidates may express interest in specific refuge sites. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with the unique requirements of each site. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant coursework and education - depth and breadth of knowledge in relevant field(s)
  • Work experience - Professionalism, technical knowledge or expertise if required
  • Accomplishments, merits and dedication to natural conservation
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Adaptability and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences

MANO Project
is an initiative of Hispanic 
Access Foundation.

E: info@hispanicaccess.org
P: (202) 640-4342