“Latinos are the fastest growing population, and now represent 18.7 percent of the U.S. population, according to the 2020 census,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “However, our nation’s workforce currently does not accurately represent all diverse populations, especially in conservation. We hope DFP provides an opportunity for students from all backgrounds to gain valuable experience leading to a career in conservation.”
“The DFP is one of FWS’s best Internships programs that recruits diverse talented students interested in a career in conservation,” said Steven M. Chase, Director, USFWS National Conservation Training Center. “The DFP project assignment engages the Fellows in mission critical work in regional and field offices and at field sites, introduces them to Service employees and partners, and provides a hands-on, in-person experience that allows both the Fellow and the Service to determine career potential with the Service.”
Fellowships are a good fit for students with majors in biological sciences and natural resources. There are limited projects for students with degrees in education and outreach, social sciences/humanities, geographic and information sciences, law enforcement/ criminal justice, communications and marketing, and information technology. The type of project work may include working on species conservation planning, field surveys and monitoring for species, landscape scale conservation partnerships, environmental law and policy, education and outreach, community engagement, digital communications, etc.
“Engaging young people in diverse communities in the conservation field is one of the MANO Project’s core goals,” said Michelle Neuenschwander, Director of the MANO Project. “Our work is about the next generation of leaders. This unique experience provides extensive training, mentoring and professional development to ensure students have the tools and knowledge needed to excel in their fellowship and a career in conservation.”