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03 October 2023

Hispanic Access Foundation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Launch Recruitment for 2024 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

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Hispanic Access Foundation is partnering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) through its MANO Project, along with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCF) to implement their 2024 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP). The program is an 11-week Fellowship focusing on projects supporting FWS’ conservation priorities from mid-May and June 2024 to August and September 2024 and will include direct hire authority (DHA) eligibility permanent positions in FWS.

“Even though Latinos are the fastest growing population, our nation’s workforce doesn’t currently represent all diverse populations, especially in conservation,” said Maite Arce, president and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “ We hope this partnership and the program provide an opportunity for students from all backgrounds to gain valuable experience leading to a career in conservation.”

The DFP program is designed to attract highly talented and diverse students into Fellowships, with particular attention to women and groups underrepresented in our workforce, including but not limited to, African American/Black, Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islanders students, and students with disabilities. These Fellowships are a good fit for students with majors in biological sciences and natural resources management. There also may be positions for students with degree areas 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 Nina Marti, Director of the MANO Project program. “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.”

Available positions are now posted and applications will be accepted until October 23, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET. For more information visit the project page at

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