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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pathways Student Internship

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service is committed to the outreach and recruitment of a highly qualified, diverse, and inclusive workforce to support our conservation mission.


The Pathways Internship Program provides students enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment, in a qualifying educational institution with paid opportunities to work either part- or full-time with the Service.

The program provides students the opportunity to explore career paths or interests related to their academic fields of study in the conservation field. Undergraduate and graduate students studying office administration, communications, anthropology, biology, and related fields are eligible to apply.

The Pathways Internship Program welcomes all backgrounds including women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations to gain valuable experience.


We are recruiting for a variety of student trainee positions that focus on biology, administrative support, and visitor services.

Locations: Many locations throughout the country including some remote opportunities

Programs: Ecological ServicesWildlife Sport Fish RestorationMigratory BirdsFish and Aquatic ConservationNational Wildlife Refuge SystemBudget and Technical SupportPartners for Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement

Start dates: Start dates range from May to October 2023 depending on the position, and most have flexibility. Duration of the positions varies but most are expected to continue through completion of your degree program.


Pay rate is $11.86 – $32.21 per hour depending on the position, location, level of education, and experience.

What grade (pay) level do you qualify for?


Students who successfully complete Program requirements may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the civil service.

Learn more about Pathways:


  1. View the webinar for more information on Pathways, navigating USAJobs, and assembling your federal resume:
  2. Prepare your USAJobs profile. Upload your resume and most recent transcript. Prepare a cover letter identifying positions of interest. You can take these steps in USAJobs before the position opens. Help navigating USAJobs is available here.
  3. The following advertisements will be open for application at 12:01 am (ET), Friday, December 2, 2022, and close at 11:59 pm (ET), Friday, December 9, 2022. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare their USAJobs profile and build or upload a resume early and begin the application process early during the open period to ensure there is time to address any questions or technical issues.


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