2013-2014 Locations/Projects



San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Matthew Bruno)

From sand dunes to sandy beaches, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers visitors a look into the diverse wildlife and natural environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco National Wildlife Complex is a network of seven National Wildlife Refuges devoted to protecting complex ecosystems in one of the country’s most densely urbanized areas. The Complex is looking to work with a transportation scholar who has an emphasis in transit planning and engineering. To create a transportation plan for the Complex in order to identify key issues, establish a work plan to resolve them, and to strengthen local transportation partnerships. The scholar will also initiate a program to facilitate transit access to the complex from underserved communities. Shared housing will be provided to the transportation scholar that is accepted for this exciting opportunity.


Valle de Oro and Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge (Marisa Rodriguez-McGill)

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the definition of the true southwest. It’s rich culture and heritage, rooted in centuries of history with over 310 days of sun is the perfect formula for adventure in the great outdoors. Living in the heart of Albuquerque the selected transportation scholar will be working within this pristine landscape from June 2013 to March 2014. The transportation scholar will be networking with multiple partner agencies on the local, state, and federal levels in the development of multi-modal transportation options for two new wildlife refuges as part of the planning for the Region’s newest wildlife refuges. These refuges offer different challenges as one refuge is in an urban setting, the other refuge is in a more traditional rural setting. The scholar will be evaluating the current state of infrastructure conditions and accessibility at the new refuges and work with the partner agencies on developing options for multi-modal access to them. They will also work closely with regional NWRS leadership as the overall site plans are developed sources of grants and other funding for development of transportation options are sought. Housing will either be a subsidized apartment off-site or an apartment that can be paid for with a stipend. A car will be needed for personal use unless you are comfortable using public transportation. Since the work site will be in Albuquerque public transportation or a bicycle may be sufficient for local transportation needs.


Chimney Rock National Monument and Tres Rios Bureau of Land Management (Valerie Hermanson/Todd Johnson)

Located in the southwestern tip of Colorado, the Durango area is nestled in the Animas River Valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. The Durango area is an active outdoor community rich in western history, Victorian architecture and Native American Culture. The transportation scholar selected will be living in this pristine historic culture from June 2013 thru March 2014. The purpose of this project will be contributing to an Integrated Regional Public Lands Alternative Transportation Plan with the Tres Rios BLM office. This project will require studying transportation issues, making recommendations to address current needs and producing deliverables described in the attached application. The selected scholar will also be giving assist the San Juan National Forest with developing the long-term transportation plan for the newly appointed national monument, Chimney Rock. Throughout the ten month assignment the selected scholar will be working closely with District Rangers and Forest Engineers with Civil Engineering degrees along with other engineers/employees on the San Juan National Forest and Tres Rios BLM staff. Housing will be in the Durango area and will be shared through the summer season until the temporary employees leave. The scholar will be required to have a car for personal use. For more information please see the attached unit application.


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (Elisa Kropat)

Captured as the “Gateway to Nature and Space”, Titusville is the place for nature, history, and space. Titusville is located on the eastern shore of Florida about an hour from Orlando. The most pristine and beautiful beaches in Florida are within minutes of Titusville. Living two miles away from Canaveral National Seashore, the selected transportation scholar will working within this perfect landscape from June 2013 thru March 2014. The selected scholar will be working with the Merritt Island refuge and local governments to help develop a small sustainable transit program utilizing the refuge bus. The scholar will explore potential partnerships with local established mass transit programs to determine if their buses or trolleys could be utilized to provide increased access to the refuge to a broader group of citizens and tourists. Additionally, the Transportation Scholar will work with local and state agencies to address increased safe access to the refuge to bicyclists by assisting with planning efforts to connect the refuge to regional bike paths as well as developing print, broadcast, and digital materials promoting refuge access by transit and bicycle. The selected scholar will also be responsible for deliverables that are listed in the attached application. The housing is located on the refuge and is a four bedroom bunkhouse that is shared with interns and researchers throughout the year. The scholar will be required to have a car for personal use. For more information please see the attached unit application.


Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Andrew Besold)

Redfish Lake Recreation Complex is located in the stunning mountain landscape of the Sawtooth Mountains filled with dense forests, rushing rivers, and ice cold lakes. Redfish Lake is at the headwaters of the Salmon River, whose waters flow north to meet the Snake River and continue to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. Living within a quarter mile of the Stanley Ranger Station the selected transportation scholar will be working within this pristine landscape from June 2013 thru March 2014. The purpose of this project will be to complete comprehensive transportation planning within the Redfish Lake Recreation Complex and between the complex and Stanley, Idaho. The transportation scholar selected for this project will work closely with a landscape architect and outdoor recreation planner to evaluate the transportation needs in the Redfish Lake Recreation Complex and a connecting trail to the City of Stanley. Work will include field observations and surveys, studying previous planning documents and findings, establishing data gaps and ways to fill those gaps, analysis of existing facilities and needed facilities, coordination with Forest Service employees and partners, and general project management duties. Housing will be shared through September or October until the temporary employees leave and the scholar will be required to have a car for personal use. For more information please see the attached unit application.


US Fish and Wildlife Service - Headquarters Office (Andrew Valdez)

While most scholars are placed in the field at individual federal land units, newly hired scholar Andrew Valdez has a unique opportunity to work at the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia. Andrew will keep busy over the next eleven months helping to implement the FWS Transportation Program within the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Lands Program. In addition to working on completing a first-generation National Long Range Transportation Plan, he will help with coordination between different offices within the headquarters, work with the GIS office to support ongoing and upcoming projects, and assist with the program’s annual budget. Andrew will gain valuable networking opportunities, an understanding of policy issues related to the MAP-21 surface transportation reauthorization legislation, and firsthand knowledge of the operations and interrelationships of the Federal Land Agencies and the Federal Lands Highway Program.