Western Transportation Institute at MSU

2020 Public Lands Transportation Fellows

Posted: March 24, 2020
Location: Multiple Locations
Time Commitment: The position spans from July 13, 2020 to July 9, 2021.


The PLTF program provides fellowships to recent graduates (sometimes current Masters students) in a transportation related engineering, planning, or resource management program a unique opportunity for career development and public service. Successful applicants are placed at a federal land unit facing a transportation issue to facilitate a transportation planning or implementation project.

We are currently seeking applications for a total of five (5) transportation fellows. Two (2) at US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) locations and three (3) National Park Service (NPS) locations. Locations include: Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Lacombe, LA; Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Sudbury, MA; and three (3) positions that will rotate through the National Park Service (NPS) Headquarters office, a NPS regional office (exact location TBD), and a NPS unit (exact location TBD).

Required Qualifications

  • Be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens of the U.S.;
  • Be 30 years of age or under by the start date; and
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s degree; however, the preference is for recent or soon-to-be Master’s degree graduates.

Salary and Benefits

The transportation fellows position spans from July 13, 2020 to July 9, 2021. Compensation includes $3,000 per month for 12 months, benefits, relocation expenses, housing allowance, and potential for Federal Non-Competitive Eligibility Status.

Application Process

To apply for this position(s), you must complete and submit the following documents:

  • Employment application (see form)
  • Resume
  • Candidate statement that addresses the following in 1000 words or less:
    • Interest in contributing to the Federal Lands
    • Ability to adapt to new situations and people
    • Relevant experience / knowledge / skills
    • Preferred assignment(s)
  • Writing and/or graphics communications sample
    • Writing sample – the purpose of this submittal is to show us your technical writing skills.
    • Graphics communication sample – the purpose of this submittal is to show us your GIS skills, graphical skills, and/or marketing skills.
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or past supervisor, academic advisor, or other person who can attest to your knowledge, skills, and character. (Letter can be sent directly to Jaime Sullivan at )

A downloadable application checklist can be found here.

Application Due Date

Applications are due to Jaime Sullivan () by Friday, April 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST.