Southwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America
 

Student Opportunities

 
 
About the Regional Director
 
About the Deputy Regional Director
 

Student Pathways Program

Executive Order 13562 estabished the Pathways Program which modified the Internship Program and the Recent Graduate Program, as well as the Presidential Management Fellows Program into a collective partnership between recent high school, graduate and post-graduate students and career paths within the Federal Government. .

Read the Federal Regsiter Notice

Proposed Rule: Pathways for Students

Proposed Rule: Proposed Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

Proposed Rule: Internship Summary

 
 
Championship archery
The top student archer inspects his target as his score is tallied. Photo credit: Dan Williams.

New Mexico's Third Annual National Archery Draws 600 Youth Archers

March 2014
More than 600 student archers competed in New Mexico’s third annual National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament March 8 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Students from across New Mexico participate in the NASP. Schools receive free training for instructors, and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (Department) provides 50 percent of the funding for archery equipment. The Department hosted the event, with support from participating agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Federal funding through the Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program makes NASP possible in New Mexico and many other states. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 dedicated federal excise taxes collected from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment to national wildlife restoration programs, which include Hunter Education, shooting and archery programs in addition to wildlife surveys, transplants, and the purchase and management of wildlife management areas.

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lilly pads at Trinity River
Lilly pads on the refuge at Trinity River. Photo credit: USFWS.

Summer Employment at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

Liberty, Texas - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, through the Youth Conservation Corps program, is seeking applications from young men and women age 15 to 18 for two summer positions. Training and instruction provided, no prior experience is necessary. Crew members work 40 hours, Monday through Friday, in an outdoor environment from June 9 through August 1, 2014. Typical duties include trail maintenance, boundary line posting, fence construction, building construction, and various restoration and maintenance projects. Young adults interested in wildlife careers and gaining summer work experience
are encouraged to apply. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing

Students paint handicapped signs on the road at Trinity River NWR
Students paint signs on the road at Trinity River NWR.

benefit of the American people. The Refuge is located at 601 FM 1011, Liberty, Texas.

For applications or more information contact the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge at 936-336-9786. Applications must be received by April 9.

Mail applications to P.O. Box 10015, Liberty, Texas, 77575, or send by fax to 936-336-9847.

 

 

fish in the classroom
Students prepare a fish tank in the classroom. Photo credit: USFWS.

New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Sponsors Fish in the Classroom

The goal of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Connecting People with Nature” program is to provide communities with enjoyable and meaningful experiences related to the outdoors. To meet this goal, NMFWCO implemented an outreach program to further interact with the community and provide public educational opportunities. Outreach events target local schools and community members of all ages within the greater Albuquerque area. This program works with local elementary and middle schools by providing them curriculum, aquariums, native fish and biologist support. Each year participating classrooms are provided with New Mexico’s state fish, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, or with native fishes of the Middle Rio Grande.

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Building the raised beds for the urban garden
Building the raised beds for the urban garden. Photo credit: USFWS.

Planting Seeds in an Urban Farm Downtown

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined efforts at the Alvarado Downtown Garden, also known as an Urban Farm, to give back to the local community while promoting environmental education. On Thursday July 25, Debbie Pike, Visitors Services Manager for the Northern New Mexico NWR Complex, led the way on a student project to install shade structures and pollinator beds. Joining her were students participating in the Youth Conservation Corps and other staff from the Regional Office.

This is just one of the urban farming partnerships with the Service under way. There are several other initiatives taking place including one in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and another in partnership with the Mountain View Community Center and the Valle de Oro urban National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque’s downtown urban farm sits on a half-acre strip of land between the Gold Avenue parking garage and the Silver Gardens apartments. It was first established from a vision to turn a vacant urban lot, owned by the City, into an urban farm to provide low-income families access to fresh, local food. The Historic Downtown Improvement Committee and the Downtown Action Team expanded the project to benefit the Albuquerque’s public school system and the Veteran Farmer Project.

Volunteers hoist structure for the urban garden.
Volunteers hoist a structure for the urban garden. Photo credit: USFWS.

The school’s program positively impacts urban youth by providing opportunities to work the farm – allowing them to plant seeds and watch them grow. Participants in the Veteran’s project gain the basic skills needed for sustainable farming, while receiving therapeutic benefits.

This green effort is being widely embraced by the local community. In the future, the Service will be partnering with a local school, Amy Biehl High School, to develop pollinator hotels, interpretative signs and plant trees along the walkway. The Committee has plans to maintain this urban farming concept even if development of the downtown lot occurs in the future by looking at developing a rooftop grow space above a public market building.

 

 

Youth Symposium, February 2013  
Forty-Five Students, joined by their mentors, attend the Conservation Career Symposium. Photo credit: USFWS  

Forty-Five Conservation Students Visit the Southwest

The Southwest Conservation Career Symposium was hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Southwest Region from February 7 to February 10, at the Dennis Chavez Federal Building. The Symposium was designed for bachelor and post-graduate degree majors in Natural Resource and the Biological Sciences interested in exploring future employment opportunities with the Service. The event, which was presented by the Service’s National Conservation Training Center, brought in 45 undergrad and graduate students from across the country. Workshops led by Service professionals included, resume building, interview techniques, honing networking skills, and establishing sound job-search practices. There were also opportunities for the students to attend an outdoor classroom environment at the Beccechi Open Space adjacent to the Rio Grande bosque and Rio Grande Valley State Park. There they learned about Albuquerque's drinking water, monitoring efforts for the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow and much more.

 
Watch and learn about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.     

For more information:
Media Advisory
Agenda
Symposium Photo Album
Field Trip Photo Album
Video - Hear from the students

 

 

 

 

 

 

bridge at NCTC  
Students cross the bridge at the National Conservation
Training center.  Photo credit: USFWS
 

More Student Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students within the Southwest Region, including summer positions through Youth Conservation Corps. There are also educational opportunities such as  Biologist in Training is an exciting program designed to guide students through a fun, hands-on exploration of aquatic habitats.

LBiologists in Trainingearn more about how you or your school can get involved in wildlife conservation.


Interested in doing more? Check out how to get started as a volunteer.  

Read about the Region's Collaboration with the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend

 

KRQE Student Hands On learning video  
KRQE Student hands-on learning video. Credit: KRQE  

Youth Breathe New Life into Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary

What happens when you take urban youth and introduce them to an urban fish sanctuary in need of some hard workand attention?  In the case of the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary(Sanctuary), it was a match made in fishy heaven!
An extraordinary group of eager young people from two local schools were just itching to make a difference and show the world what they could do. 

It all started in October of 2011, when 10 freshmen students from Amy Beihl Charter High School made their first visit to the Rio Grande Silvery Minnow Sanctuary. The students spent the afternoon learning about and removing invasive non-native vegetation. 

But the Sanctuary’ s incredible connection to local youth didn't end with those 10 students. A new project started in the classroom at ACE Leadership High School, begining with a contest to see who would get to design actual bridges and kiosks that would one day be built by the students themselves as part of their classroom curriculum.

Staff from the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, along with the help of other dedicated service staff and their many partners have made a huge effort to involve students in the life of the Sanctuary, and this effort has clearly paid off.

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Student Pathways Program

Executive Order 13562 estabished the Pathways Program which modified the Internship Program and the Recent Graduate Program, as well as the Presidential Management Fellows Program into a collective partnership between recent high school, graduate and post-graduate students and career paths within the Federal Government.

This partnership infuses the Federal Government with a diverse workforce that brings enthusiasm, talents, and unique perspectives to its recruiting efforts through student hires.

The Pathways Program replaces the existing Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and targets students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions. It provides students an opportunity to explore federal careers while being paid for the work they perform. At the successful conclusion of this program, the student may be eligible for conversion to a non-competitive Federal career or career conditional position.

Read the Executive Order
Read the Federal Regsiter Notice
Proposed Rule: Pathways for Students
Proposed Rule: Proposed Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)
Proposed Rule: Internship Summary

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students interested in research or grant opportunities should visit the Federal grants website. (http://www.grants.gov/)

The Division of Human Resources (DHR) is primarily responsible for Student Programs. The Division of Diversity and Civil Rights (DDCR) assists in outreach and recruitment for these programs and provides employees and students scholarship information to assist with education expenses.  

 
Last updated: April 17, 2014