2019 Directorate Resource Assistants Fellows Program (DFP)

 In 2019, the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to administer the FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP). The DFP is an 11-week 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 FWS 2019 DFP. 

 DFP Eligibility Requirements: 
 Students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an
undergraduate (rising seniors) or graduate degree program, and who will not complete their degree requirements prior to the completion of the
2019 DFP 11-weeks fellowship
  US citizen or permanent resident 
 Must be 18 years of age 
 Males born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age,
must register with the Selective Service System, unless they meet certain
 Cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher 
 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

 Housing provided in select locations. 
 Living allowance– paid bi-weekly. 
 Travel allowance. 
1-week orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 
 Hands-on experience. 
 Fellows may be eligible for a permanent position in the FWS after
successfully completing their fellowship and degree requirements. 
Application Instructions 
1. Complete your fellowship application online via the Student Conservation Association (SCA) application portal. This must be completed by January 18, 2019. Go to http://thesca.force.com/members/NewRegistration 
2. Add the application code PO-00727173 to your application. 
3. Attach a résumé and a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable). 
4. Complete the following essay questions: 
a. Why do you want to serve? 
b. What do you hope to gain? 
c. What makes you a strong candidate? 
5. Submit the names of two references along with their phone numbers and email addresses. A reference letter request will automatically be sent upon your submission of your reference’s email addresses. 
6. Once you complete your SCA application that includes all the steps above. SCA will review it to determine your eligibility for the 2019 DFP. 
7. If eligible, SCA will invite you to apply to specific projects, located through the United States and its territories. You will have only a few days to respond. 
8. SCA will verify whether you qualify for the projects that you selected, and will forward qualified applications to FWS hiring officials. 

*NOTE: Please plan for up to 1 hour to complete the SCA application. For SCA application questions, contact Patrick Stephens (pstephens@thesca.org). 
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Federal agencies must provide a reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

Contact an FWS Recruiter with questions at: connect@fws.gov