Job: USFWS Northeast Region: Assistant Grant Specialist Fellowship

Title USFWS Northeast Region: Assistant Grant Specialist Fellowship
Agency, Location USFWS Northeast Regional Office, Hadley, Massachusetts
Categories Temporary
Job # 12336
Salary The ACE Fellow will contribute 40 hours/week and receive a living allowance of $700/week paid out bi-weekly. Finding/securing housing will be the responsibility of the Fellow. NOTE: eligibility for the PLC (Public Land Corps) certificate, a non-competitive hiring status good for 2 years, may be available to Fellow upon completion of term. Candidates 18-30 may be eligible.
Start Date August, 2017 (may be flexible for the right candidate)
End Date May, 2018 (36-weeks from the start date) *A 36-week minimum commitment is required for this position. Opportunity for extension exists and is anticipated with the dedication of additional funding next fiscal year.*
Responsibilities

American Conservation Experience, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking ONE Assistant Grant Specialist to assist the Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) in the administration of grants to state fish and wildlife agencies and Native American tribes.
The Assistant Grant Specialist will assist a staff of five biologists who partner with state fish and wildlife agencies, Native American tribes and conservation organizations throughout the Northeast to achieve on the ground conservation results. WSFR annually administers over $200 million in about 800 grants primarily to state fish and wildlife agencies to conserve fish and wildlife species and their habitats, provide for aquatic resource and hunter education programs, and expand and improve fish and wildlife-oriented recreation and boating access opportunities for the public.
This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic young professionals with a deep interest in advancing their career goals in the USFWS or natural resources management on our public lands out of the Northeast Regional Office, USFWS.

Percentage of Time: 60% - TRACS Data Entry and Retrieval
Enter information into the Wildlife TRACS database from WSFR grants administered by Fish and Wildlife Section staff. The activities supported by these grants within various grant programs include fish and wildlife research and surveys, operation, and management of Wildlife Management Areas and fish hatcheries, hunter education, and aquatic resource education.
Entry of accomplishment information gleaned from annual performance and financial status reports.
Learning the TRACS system, writing succinct summaries of projects to be accomplished or completed, extracting text from PDFs and copying/pasting from MS Word documents.
Effective communications with staff responsible for grant data entered and troubleshooting system issues that may arise.
Retrieve and summarize information as needed and the TRACS system functionality allows.
Percentage of Time: 30% - Grant Administration Assistance
Assist WSFR Fish and Wildlife Section staff with other aspects of grant administration.
Participate in field reviews of WSFR grants throughout the 13-state Northeast Region, prepares trip reports, and communicate conservation outcomes for public audiences (e.g., blogs, social media).
Assist with competitive grant program ranking processes.
Follow up on special grant conditions as needed.
Assist with sharing best practices across states.
Respond to data calls for information outside of TRACS.
Percentage of Time: 10% - Office Administration Assistance
Assist WSFR staff with non-grant related tasks such as electronic cataloging of documents and using Microsoft Office software to summarize information as needed.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a degree (or be pursuing a degree) in biology, environmental science, or natural resource management or other related disciplines appropriate to the position. A combination of relevant education and appropriate experience is also acceptable.
Required:
Fellowship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Resident only
Fellow must be between the age of 18 and 35
A valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to provide documentation; a personal vehicle is required
Effective communication skills
Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills
Ability to gather, organize, and interpret literature and relevant source materials
Ability and willingness to undergo a Federal criminal background check
Preferred:
Strong desire to enter the public service field as a natural resource professional
Ability to prepare outreach materials including maps, graphics, and figures for social media and both internal and external audiences
Experience and/or knowledge in the mission of the USFWS and other land management agencies
The Fellow must be willing to represent ACE and the USFWS in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.

Contact

Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on our website here: https://usaconservationepic.applicantpool.com/jobs/
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or pwoodruff@usaconservation.org.

Link To learn more about the Northeast Regional USFWS Office please visit https://www.fws.gov/northeast/. To learn more about ACE EPIC Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.