The Bevinetto Congressional Fellowship Program is a two-year leadership training and development program that provides selectees the opportunity to learn how Congress operates and see Congress/NPS interactions first-hand. The fellowship provides a unique insight into Congress’ role in the evolution and development of the NPS as selectees:
- help draft and review proposed legislation,
- assist in the development and implementation of the NPS legislative affairs program, and
- work with Regions and individual units regarding proposed legislation and legislative strategies.
This program is a powerful career building opportunity for candidates with a strong interest in policy development and the political process. At the and of the two-year program, fellows will obtain new positions within the NPS. Many former Bevinetto Fellows have gone on to hold positions such as park superintendents, program chiefs or other leadership positions.
During the first year of the fellowship, both selectees work as Legislative Affairs Specialists on the staff of a member, committee or support organization of Congress and report to the staff director of the assigned office.
During the second year of the fellowship, the two selectees’ duties are split into two tracks.
The first fellowship selectee reports to the Assistance Director, Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. He or she assists in the development, coordination and implementation of the National Park Service legislative affairs program, including Congressional relations and controlled correspondence. Duties include:
- Drafting Bureau legislative proposals and bills based on independent research and reviewing and analyzing comments of technical and field offices
- Analyzing legislative proposals and bills to determine impact on Bureau policies, programs and procedures
- Reviewing and recommending action by the Director on all legislation affecting specific units of the NPS
- Advising Regional Directors and their staffs of options to accomplish Regional administrative and resource-protection goals that may require new legislation
- Preparing witnesses for Congressional hearings, including preparing and supervising preparation of legislative histories, witness statements, committee profiles and other background information
- Accompanying Congressional Committees on field inspections and supervising preparation of itineraries and informational materials
The second fellowship selectee reports to the head of an office within WASO, determined based upon the priorities of the NPS directorate. Duties include:
- Undertaking assignments while considering directorate and departmental priorities, legislative and congressional implications, effect on park units and system-wide programs and input from partner and other interest groups
- Carrying out assignments while consulting with principals in the directorate, the department and outside organizations, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs
- Reporting results to assigned members of the directorate and coordinating with appropriate individuals to implement decisions made
Fellowship Requirements and Qualifications
- Be willing to agree to complete the full 2-year program
- Hold a GS-11, 12 or 13 position with 5 years of permanent employment with the NPS
- Have served in the next lower grade for at least 52 weeks
How to Apply
For more information on the Bevinetto Fellows Program, contact Melissa Kuckro, Deputy Assistance Director of the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs at (202) 208-5656.