Public Lands Transportation Fellows Application

How to Apply for the Public Lands Transportation Fellows Program!

The application process for the 2020 Public Lands Transportation Fellows (PLTF) Class is now open!!

2020 Application Process

The Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University – Bozeman would like to announce that the application process for the 2020 Public Lands Transportation Fellows program is now open. (Note that job offers will be made contingent on funding appropriations and qualified applicants.)


The PLTF program provides fellowships to recent graduates (sometimes current graduate 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. A transportation fellow is assigned to work directly with staff at a unit or headquarters/region/field office. The assigned projects help the land units develop transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.

To find out more about the program in general, please visit:

2020 Locations

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:

The transportation fellows will be hired for a one-year period, with the likelihood of an extension of up to six (6) additional months for USFWS locations and up to twelve (12) additional months for NPS locations. Extensions will be contingent on funding appropriations, job performance, and site transportation assistance need.

For additional information, please review the individual position descriptions (SELA, EMA, NPS).

Financial Package

Please see individual position descriptions for details (SELA, EMA, NPS).

Transportation Fellow Requirements

The position spans from July 13, 2020 to July 9, 2021. July 13-17, 2020 is a mandatory orientation in the Washington D.C. area. July 20, 2020 – July 9, 2021 transportation fellows will be stationed on site.

Applicants to the PLTF program must:

  • 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.

 *Selected transportation fellows must be available for the pre-project orientation the week of July 13-17, 2020 in the Washington D.C. area*

2020 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.

Hiring Schedule

Applicants selected for advancement to the interview round will be notified around April 17th with interviews anticipated the week of April 20-24, 2020. It is anticipated that job offers will be made around May 1, 2020. (However, the job offer is contingent on funding appropriations and qualified applicants.)


If you have questions, please contact Jaime Sullivan at (774) 571-3503 or