2016 Current Locations/Projects


US Fish and Wildlife Service - Headquarters Office

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The FWS Headquarters is a dynamic office of professional staff focused on conservation throughout the U.S. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the largest group within FWS and it is where most of the management occurs of constructed facilities throughout FWS lands, including transportation infrastructure. The scholar will provide overall program support to the implementation of the FWS Transportation Program within the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Lands Highway Program. The FWS Transportation program implements improvements on public use facilities across the US. This is a unique opportunity for a skilled transportation professional to participate in the operation of a national federal lands transportation program at a critical time in the continued discussions of reauthorization of the current surface transportation legislation called MAP-21.


FWS Region 5 and John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - Pennsylvania

The FWS Region 5, in northeast US, is the most demographically urban of all the Service regions encompassing 13 states, 73.3 million people, and 4 of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan areas. In total, the region has 73 wildlife refuges and 13 fish hatcheries that are spread across 10 unique ecosystems. Because of the relative density of the regional landscape, and the priority the Service is placing on urban refuges and attracting new and diverse populations, region 5 is an ideal location for expansion of multi-modal access opportunities to Service lands.

For this unique position, the scholar will be stationed at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (JHNWR) and will directly provide assistance to the JHNWR; however, they may also be asked to support the regional office.


Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Hawaii

Kaua‘i is one of the most geographically and climactically diverse islands on the Hawaiian chain encompassing a number of 5,000 foot peaks, record setting rainfall, tropical canyons and scenic waterfalls. Over 25% of the landmass of the island is public land or forest, including 3 National Wildlife Refuges: Kīlauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR and Hulē‘ia NWR.

The island is also a very popular tourist destination, hosting over a million visitors per year. Because many visitors arrive without a personal automobile, yet still wish to take advantage of the recreational opportunities on the island, there is ample opportunity for development of alternative transportation projects. The scholar will lead three alternative transportation modules on the island. In coordination with the transportation planning efforts of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, Kaua‘i County, and Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, analyze the short- to medium-term feasibility and implementation of a shuttle, bike/pedestrian access, and a conceptual re-design of the Refuge overlook at the end of Kīlauea Road.