Educational Resources

External Announcements & Opportunities

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)

  1. Pollinator Response to Patch Burn Management
  2. Prairie Plant Response to Patch Burn Management
  3. Integrating Rivercane ITEK in the SE Conservation Blueprint
    • Fellowship Dates: 12 week duration
    • Location: Remote
    • Link to specific position: http://manoproject.org/fwsdfp#collapse1963

The application deadline is January 2, 2023. To apply and for more information for USFWS DFP, there are more fellowship openings in different regions, please visit: https://www.manoproject.org/manodfp

USFS Native American Research Assistantship

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) and, starting this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), through partnership with The Wildlife Society, are offering research assistantships for Native undergraduate or graduate students as part of the Native American Research Assistantship Program for Summer 2023. Applications are being accepted now.

This is the ninth year for the professional development program, which facilitates opportunities for Native students to be mentored by USFS research and development and USGS scientists and promotes student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields. A paid stipend of at least $6,000 will be provided for students. Additional funding may be available to assist with housing costs and professional development experiences, as available.

Assistantships are intended for Native students interested in wildlife and forest resource research and management. Students will learn and work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers with the USFS and USGS. Applicants should be a member of an American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, First Nations or a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or have another indigenous identification, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited academic institution.

For detailed information and to apply, please download the application instructions.

Project Include (but not limited to):

  1. Hyperspectral Identification of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Klamath Basin and Beyond
  2. Identifying the Potential Socio-Economic Effects of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on Native Americans
  3. Tribal Data-Network Infrastructure Plan – Transfer of US Geological Technology to Tribal Nations

For questions, please contact Jamila Blake, TWS professional development and inclusion manager.

The application deadline is January 15, 2023.

 Tamamta Graduate Fellows at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Indigenous students that are interested in pursuing a MS or PhD are encouraged to apply to conduct research that centers Indigenous Science or bridges Indigenous and western knowledge systems as applied to marine biology, oceanography, fisheries ecology and evolution, or natural resource management. These fellowships are supported by the National Science Foundation and include stipends, tuition, fees, and health insurance.

The application deadline is January 17, 2023. Informational webinar on Monday, December 6, 2023 from 2pm – 3pm AKT.

Information on the webinar and how to apply to be a Tamamta fellow is available on our website: www.tamamta.org

Native American Congressional Internship

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process to understand first-hand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the federal government.

Additional information: Udall Foundation – Native American Congressional Internship – Apply

The application deadline is January 31, 2023.

Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress – High School

NYCALC works to build student confidence in their cultural identity as they learn about Indigenous traditions and climate concerns across the United States and territories. This weeklong Congress engages students as they develop conservation leadership skills and build on their knowledge and abilities to address climate challenges in their communities.

NYCALC flier 2023 – REM

The application deadline is February 28, 2023.

Scholarships & Funding

  • American Indian College Fund
    • AICF invests in Native students and Tribal college education to transform lives and communities. The College Fund and its supporters uphold the promise and importance of educational success for Native people and all of our futures. (excerpt from collegefund.org)
  • Cobell Scholarship
    • Cobell Scholarships offers are merit-based following a lengthy application and referral process. Cobell Scholarship awards are disbursed according to US Federal Student Aid standards and the policies of the individual colleges and universities. The Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is: an enrolled member of a US Federally-recognized Tribe, enrolled in or plans to enroll in full-time study and is degree-seeking while attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. (excerpt from cobellscholasr.org)

Programs

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Directorate Fellows Program
    DFP 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 the Fellowship program, along with degree, participants may be directly hired or appointed to full-time, permanent positions without competition.

    • For inquiries on the 2023 DFP, email connect@fws.gov
  • Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress (NYCALC)
    The mission of the Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is to develop future conservation leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address environmental change and conservation challenges to better serve their schools and home communities.
  • National Conservation Leadership Institute
    The Institute is designed to be a meta-program into which graduates of various internal organizational leadership programs could pursue expanding their leadership capacity. But the Institute is by no measure only a training program; it is a unique comprehensive learning experience designed to challenge assumptions, teach skills, facilitate networking, and strengthen confidence, preparing extraordinary leadership for the future.
  • Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
    Is to effect a systemic change in the hiring patterns of Indigenous Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by increasing the number of individuals on a career path to leadership within STEM fields.

Organizations

  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society
    The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.
  • SACNAS
    The SACNAS mission is to celebrate and cultivate diversity in STEM Education and Fields.
  • Center for Native American Youth
    The Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.
  • United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)
    UNITY’s Mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement.
  • Environmental Career
  • The Environmental Career Center provides employers and job seekers with comprehensive career, and staffing services in the environmental, sustainability, natural resources, energy, and green jobs sectors.
  • Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
    As a professional organization for environmental educators, the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) facilitates communication, cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among the varied environmental education programs in the state.

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In Recognition of Their Support

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society would like to thank those organizations that provided us with support over the years. With them we grew an effective national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

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