Student Opportunities

We post opportunities for students as we receive them so check back regularly.

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Opportunities and Resources

ESA partner,The Diversity Joint Venture for Conservation Careers, have a new website full of resources to help increase diversity in the conservation field. It includes links to job boards and internships, articles, and videos for students from underrepresented groups interested in a career in conservation, along with employer resources about the benefits of a diverse workforce.

FWS 2020 Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is offering the 2020 FWS Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) for students who are interested in a conservation career.  FWS will be providing the fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students who have completed their junior year (e.g. Rising Senior or Senior) and are expecting to complete degree requirements after the summer of 2020; have recently been accepted and enrolled as a graduate student; or a graduate student who has completed at least his or her first year of graduate school.


  • Launch your career working with professionals during a rigorous fellowship with FWS
  • Fellowships take place in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field stations across the US
  • Fellowships are 12 weeks over the summer
  • Areas of focus include: biological sciences, natural resources & refuge management
  • Participate in a week-long orientation at the FWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV to kick off your experience
  • Positions involve a combination of indoor office-based tasks and outdoor field based work.


  • Housing in Select Areas
  • Bi-weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • All positions begin with an orientation at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. You must be able to attend one of these sessions. The orientation dates will be provided at a later date.
  • Hands-on experience
  • Interns may be eligible for a permanent position with the FWS after successfully completing the fellowship and/or meeting degree requirements.


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • 18 years old or older
  • Students who have completed their junior year (e.g. Rising Senior or Senior) and are expecting to complete degree requirements after the summer of 2020; have recently been accepted and enrolled as a graduate student; or a graduate student who has completed at least his or her first year of graduate school
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (unofficial transcripts are required and should be attached to your complete SCA application)
  • Available to serve around the country from May/June to August/September 2020. Exact dates are flexible and will be agreed upon by the selected candidate and supervisor.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in the conservation field
  • Some positions in this program require you to have access to a driver’s license or personal vehicle during your internship
  • 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.


  • Student Conservation Association –  (SCA) CLICK HERE to apply for DFP projects located in any of the following states:  Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.   

  • American Conservation Experience –  (ACE) CLICK HERE to apply for DFP projects located in any of the following states:  Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Guam. 

  • Greening Youth Foundation –  (GYF)  (CLICK HERE) to apply for DFP projects located in any of the following states:  Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of the all 2020 DFP projects by state.  

For other general questions on the DFP, contact

MANO Project: Internship Program 

Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project is offering enriching internship experiences nationwide for Latinx college students and upcoming professionals who are passionate about public land conservation and natural resources. We’d like to ask for your help in sharing these opportunities with talented Latinx students and recent grads who may be interested in getting work experience with a federal land management agency. Positions range from Archeological Intern, Habitat Restoration Fellow, Communications Fellow, and many others. The duration of the internships vary from 11 – 12 weeks in the summer up to 6 months – 1 year.

We’re currently accepting applications for our 2020 internships with the following federal agencies:

  • S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows (DFP): Deadline January 10
  • S Fish and Wildlife Service: Other regions – Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • National Park Service: Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP): Deadline February 7
  • National Park Service: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program (COR): Accepting applications on an ongoing basis
  • Bureau of Land Management: new positions coming in 2020
  • US Forest Service: new positions coming in 2020
  • Bureau of Reclamation – Engineering focused: new positions in 2020

Applications can be submitted through website: My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project

BEACHES Workshop: Bridging Each Applicant’s Chance for Higher Education Success

Are you interested in graduate school, but not sure where to start? This 3-day workshop at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center is designed to demystify the process of applying to graduate school. BEACHES includes hands-on workshops on identifying graduate programs, contacting mentors, telling your story (designing a CV and writing a personal statement), navigating the graduate school interview, and deciphering the nuts and bolts of the application process. There will also be panel discussions with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students on career paths in marine and environmental sciences, ‘what I wish I knew’ as a college student, and an introduction to the graduate program at Northeastern University. The BEACHES workshop focuses on graduate programs in marine and environmental science (and related fields).

Preference will be given to individuals from under-represented groups and first generation college students. All travel, lodging, and meals are free to participants.

Apply by May 1st at

University of Georgia

Graduate Recruitment Event in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with faculty and graduate students and will participate in workshops devoted to learning successful tips in applying to graduate school, contacting potential mentors, and preparing applications for fellowship programs, including the NSF GRFP and the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship.

Cornell University

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Graduate School Program

Description: Come do a Ph.D. at Cornell! The EEB department is an inclusive and welcoming group of students, faculty, post-docs, and staff, doing cutting edge research across the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology.


Contact: Erin Larson (

The University of Michigan 

 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology & The School For environment & Sustainability 

Graduate School Program

Description: EEB; PhD Program; Frontiers Program; Traditional Program


M.S in Natural Resources and Environment

  • Behavior, Education, and Communication
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Environmental Informatics: GIS and Modeling
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Sustainable Systems

Dual Degrees

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Urban Planning
  • Law

Master of Landscape Architecture

PhD in Natural Resources and Environment

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

School for Environment & Sustainability.

Contact: Jung Koral (


Graduate School Opportunity

Description: This table will introduce interested students to the graduate program in Ecology, Evolution, Ecosystems and Society (EEES) at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The EEES program is a new vision for scholarship, education, and service by students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. We are a diverse community of scholars who conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research in the natural sciences and environmental studies, including ecology, evolution, anthropology, environmental economics, geography and earth sciences. Our program balances the study of traditional paradigms and theory with the practical applications of science that are necessary in the Anthropocene. We are looking for interested students to join us!!


Contact: Kathy Cottingham (

Duke University

Initiative for Science and Society

Advances in science and technology rapidly change the world we live in, shape our lives and culture, and raise myriad ethical, legal, and policy-related questions: What are pressing social problems for which there may be technological solutions? What steps promote just distribution of beneficial technologies? What policy issues does emerging science raise? How can different stakeholders work together to promote good science? And how can we tell when science is ‘good enough’ to be used as the basis for legal and policy decision-making? The Duke Initiative for Science & Society examines these and other broad-ranging questions about the integral role of science in social institutions and culture.

The Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy program teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.

For more information about ecology careers or guides to graduate school, you can explore ESA’s: Info For Undergraduate Students page.