Student Employment Opportunities
Employment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an effective way for students to gain work experience, earn money, and establish a career in conservation and natural resources. There are employment opportunities for students in high school through graduate school ranging from summer work to year-round internships that could lead to permanent positions.
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. Participants in YCC are members of a crew comprised of other high school students who work on a local wildlife refuge. Typical jobs include trail work, invasive species removal, and general facility maintenance. Students typically work 40 hours per week and earn minimum wage. The Youth Conservation Corps is an excellent way for young people to gain exposure to careers in conservation while making new friends and earning money.
The Pathways Programs provide students from high school through graduate level with opportunities to work in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), while still in school and getting paid. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the USFWS or other federal agencies.
The Internship Program is for current students, replacing the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. To find an Internship go here. Enter DOI or USFWS in the advanced search engine.
Recent Graduates Program
The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associate, bachelor, master, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions.
To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply. For more information about Federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's Feds Hire Vets Web site.
Find Recent Graduate positions here. Enter DOI or USFWS to find out what positions are available and how to apply.
Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established cooperative programs with several partners to hire individuals interested in conservation related work. Visit the Student Conservation Association and the Corps Network.
Instructions for Applying
People who work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are forward-thinking, motivated, and resourceful. Finding a position will require a little research and persistence. Imagine that finding and applying for a position is your first assignment. You will have to: