Ways to Get Involved


Education Programs

Invite us to your classroom or event

Our team is excited to connect virtually or in-person to provide educational presentations about threatened and endangered species, our agency's mission, and career opportunities tailored to your audience. For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Vanessa Morales at vanessa_morales@fws.gov.


Kendra Chan Conservation Fellowship

Kendra Chan joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Directorate Fellows Program in 2016 after graduating from the University of California, Davis. She went on to serve as a biologist with the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office until 2019.  Kendra and her father Scott Chan, were among the passengers who lost their lives during a dive boat tragedy off the southern California coast in 2019. Kendra left a lasting impact on our agency, and her passion for science and the natural world will never be forgotten.  

The Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office is working with partners and staff from across the agency to honor Kendra’s memory, including developing a fellowship dedicated to preserving Kendra’s conservation legacy for future generations of scientists. In collaboration with the Ecological Society of America, the team has created the Kendra Chan Conservation Fellowship, an annual program that will combine the Service’s Directorate Fellowship Program with the ESA’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability Leadership Development Program to create a unique opportunity for an emerging conservation leader.  Our thoughts remain with Kendra’s family, friends, and co-workers as we continue to reflect and honor her life and carry her memory and legacy forward. Click here to learn more.


Science in the Service Fellowship

The Science in the Service Fellowship provides a paid developmental project-based position that allows interns to gain real-world experience working side-by-side with Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office staff to develop tools that help facilitate species conservation. The fellowship is inclusive to all, and has a particular focus on the recruitment of under-represented groups. The Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office is currently seeking a highly motivated intern to help us develop a series of habitat maps for the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander and the Smith's blue butterfly. Click here to learn more.