Summer Conservation Communications Fellowship

Summer Conservation Communications Fellowship
December 11, 2019

Website usfwsnortheast U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

We are recruiting for our directorate fellowship program, which provides talented and diverse students the opportunity to become eligible for permanent employment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service upon completing all requirements of the program. We provide a full-time, paid 11-week, rigorous fellowship supporting agency priorities to students interested in conservation-related careers. Application deadline: January 10, 2020

The fellow will support communication objectives and storytelling related to strategic conservation priorities in the region. A key focus will be communicating saltmarsh sparrow conservation. The fellow will work with scientists and public affairs staff to develop communications products highlighting the innovative and urgent work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners to save the species.

The fellow will be responsible for building relationships, collaborating across programs, and developing stories (blog, web, media). The fellow will produce numerous communications deliverables that inform and inspire target audiences to support efforts to conserve the saltmarsh sparrow and its habitat. The fellow will present their achievements to Service staff and partners. This position will be based out of the Service’s North Atlantic-Appalachian regional office in Hadley, Massachusetts. In addition to the living allowance, fellows will be provided with a $3,000 housing stipend (total) and a weekly living stipend of $540.

Who is eligible? U.S. citizens or permanent residents 17 or older, who

  • Are current enrolled students or accepted for enrollment as rising seniors or current seniors in undergraduate program, or students in graduate degree programs
  • Are pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, and/or communications disciplines
  • Will not complete their degree requirements before September 2020
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Will be available for a 1-week mandatory orientation and 11-week fellowship in summer 2020
  • Have a valid state driver’s license
  • Are proficient in oral and written communications

Desired qualifications include feature writing, news writing/reporter, or similar journalism courses. Freelance writing or journalism internships, or public affairs/public relations experience.  

How do interested applicants apply? We have partnered with the Student Conservation Association on this position. Please follow the application procedure on their website. The process will initially require you to demonstrate eligibility for the program at large before applying to this specific project, which is project number DFP20R5EXT01.

Applicants can preview our storytelling efforts on our social media: InstagramFacebookMedium and Twitter.

To apply for this job please visit