Public Lands Transportation Scholars

The Public Lands Transportation Scholar program provides fellowships to outstanding graduates in a transportation-related field to spend ten months working directly with staff of federal land management agencies on key visitor transportation issues.

The Public Lands Transportation Scholars program began in 2012. It serves the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and is modeled after the very successful Transportation Scholars program managed by the National Park Foundation (NPF) that serves the National Park Service (NPS). More information on the NPF Transportation Scholars program can be found by clicking here.

 Important Scholars Information

For monthly updates on the scholar projects, click here:

  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area Scholar Blog
  • San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex Scholar
  • Chimney Rock National Monument & Tres Rios BLM Scholar
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Scholar
  • Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Scholar
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters Office Scholar

The Public Lands Transportation Scholars program is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks program and the USFWS and conducted in partnership with the Eno Transportation Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, BLM, NPF, NPS, USFS, and USFWS.

The Public Lands Transportation Scholars Program gives recent masters and doctoral graduates in a transportation related engineering or planning field a unique opportunity for career development and public service. Successful applicants are placed at a federal land unit facing a transportation issue to facilitate an alternative transportation planning or implementation project. A scholar is assigned to work with staff at a unit or region/field office of one of three federal land management agencies (FLMAs): BLM, USFWS, and the USFS. The assigned projects help the land units develop alternative transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.

The program has four goals, which are to:

  • Encourage emerging transportation professionals to pursue their career serving federal lands.
  • Provide much-needed transportation expertise to FLMA units and regions to help them address critical transportation issues.
  • Support the development, implementation and evaluation of viable alternative transportation for visitors to FLMAs.
  • Encourage multi-agency alternative transportation programs that serve visitors to multiple FLMA units.

For the 2013-2014 program, 5 scholars have been chosen to spend June 2013-April 2014 at a public land. Click here to read about the 5 locations chosen and click here to read more about the scholars chosen.