Pathways Student Internships

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service is committed to the outreach and recruitment of a highly qualified, diverse, and inclusive workforce to support our conservation mission.


The Pathways Internship Program provides students enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying educational institution with paid opportunities to work either part- or full-time with the Service.  

The program provides students the opportunity to explore career paths or interests related to their academic fields of study in the conservation field. 

The Pathways Internship Program welcomes all backgrounds including women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations to gain valuable experience.


We are recruiting for dozens of Student Trainees for Biological Science, Visitor Services, Program Support and Administration, Engineering, and Social Science positions that focus on wildlife, fisheries, ecology, conservation, grants, permitting, business and office management, infrastructure, and budget analysis. We are anticipating that these vacancies will be announced on USAJobs on Thursday, March 7th, 2024 although it may be later.

Job Title, Series, and GS Grade:

  • Student Trainee (Biological Science), GS-0499-4/5/7 (Full Performance GS-9)
  • Student Trainee (Program Support), GS-0399-4/5/7 (Full Performance GS-7)
  • Student Trainee (Visitor Services), GS-0099-4/5/7 (Full Performance GS-7)
  • Student Trainee (Engineering), GS-0099-4/5/7 (Full Performance GS-9)

Possible Locations: Conway and Saint Charles, AR; Carlsbad, Sacramento, and Ventura, CA; Commerce City and Lakewood/Denver, CO; Boynton Beach, Titusville, and Vero Beach, FL; Athens and Atlanta, GA; Kahuku, HI; Bourbonnais, IL; Frankfort, KY; Natchitoches, LA; Hadley, MA; Columbia, MO; Asheville, NC, Portland, OR; Bayamón, PR; Cookeville, TN; New Franken, WI; and location negotiable at a field station in CO, KS, MT, ND, NE, SD, UT, or WY 

Programs: Ecological ServicesWildlife and Sport Fish RestorationFish and Aquatic ConservationNational Wildlife Refuge System, Science Applications, Migratory Birds, Regional Administrative Support, Infrastructure Management, Cultural Resources

Start dates & Work Schedule: Projected start dates is projected summer 2024 and most have flexibility. Duration of the positions varies but most are expected to continue through completion of your degree program with flexible work schedules. Students must complete 640 work hours prior to graduation to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position.

Read the details on specific positions.


Pay rate is $16.95 - $41.53 per hour depending on the position, location, level of education, and experience.

What grade (pay) level do you qualify for


Students who successfully complete program requirements may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the civil service.     

Learn more about Pathways:  


  1. View the webinar for more information on Pathways, navigating USAJobs, and assembling your federal resume:
  2. Prepare your USAJobs profile. Upload your resume and most recent transcript. Resumes are required to include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed, and description of job duties. Include name and address of employer, supervisor name, and telephone number. Help navigating USAJobs is available here
  3. The anticipated application deadline is 11:59 pm (ET), Wednesday, March 13th, 2024. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare their USAJobs profile and build or upload a resume early and begin the application process early during the open period to ensure there is time to address any questions or technical issues.