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Apply Today for the Directorate Fellows Program

January 08, 2021

Position Title                                                                                                                                      ACE Logo      Directorate Fellows Program 


Directorate Fellows Program is a Direct Hire Authority Program that includes an 11-week Fellowship project for current students at the rising senior undergraduate or graduate school level. Upon successful completion of participants may be directly appointed without competition to full time, permanent positions. The application deadline is January 15, 2021!






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Project Locations and Types: Most projects are a good fit for students with majors in biological sciences and natural resources. There may be a limited number of projects available for students with majors in education/outreach, social sciences/humanities, geographic and information sciences, information technology, law enforcement/criminal justice, and communications/marketing. Competition for these limited non-biological related projects may be high.
Start Date(s): mid-May or mid-June 2021 (depending on academic calendar)     End Date: 12 weeks later
Location: USFWS Locations Nationwide
USFWS Website: For more information regarding the ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit:
Program Details
  • 11-week paid summer position
  • 1-week orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center
  • Direct Hire Authority eligible after completing program requirements
  • Many locations nationally
  • Travel funding provided
  • Housing may be available
  • 100+ fellowship opportunities nationwide
Eligibility Requirements
Current students: Undergraduate rising senior or senior enrolled or current graduate students that will complete degree requirements after the 11 week fellowship (mid to late August 2021)
GPA: 3.0 or higher
U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, age 17 or older
Available for 12 weeks during the summer (1-week orientation plus 11-week fellowship)
Must be able to pass a criminal background check
Males born after December 31, 1959, and are at least 18 years of age, must register with the Selective Service System, unless they meet certain exemptions
Demonstrated interest education and/or experience in fish and wildlife conservation
How to Apply
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with 3 partner organizations to administer the Directorate Fellows Program for 2021:
  • American Conservation Experience (ACE)
  • Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF)
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
Each partner organization is administering a specific number of projects based in different geographic locations. Applying with multiple partners ensures you will have access to view and apply for all projects of interest to you. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply via multiple partners to view all project opportunities.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, thoughtful cover letter, academic transcripts and contact for three professional/academic references to the online application page for this position here:
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as resumes are received. If you have any questions regarding this position please feel free to contact ACE recruitment staff at


Click one of the links below to apply for the Directorate Fellows Program

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