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Welcome Work Study Participants!


Congratulations on being selected for the work-study program through Colorado State University! This opportunity will provide you with valuable experience with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program. You will be helping us with data entry into the TRACS program. This data is used to report on the achievements of grant-funded work and the benefits to society, wildlife and habitat conservation.

As you learned in your interview, you have been hired to convert/translate a backlog of grant information that needs to be put into a grant management program called TRACS. 

TRACS is the reporting system used by the WSFR program to capture actions funded by its grant programs and their benefits to society and wildlife/habitat conservation. It is used by both Federal and State Fish and Wildlife agencies nationwide. This information is then shared with the public so they can see how their money is being spent, and by “public” we mean senators, congressmen and other state, federal and industry stakeholders that make decisions about wildlife-related funding. As you can see, you are doing important work that has a direct effect on the bigger picture of funding fish and wildlife programs.

WSFR has a backlog of over 20,000 reports that need to be entered or updated in the "legacy" module. As you work through your assigned projects, you will have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the inner workings of the federal grant management process. But the first step is to get you up to speed on the job you were hired for, so let’s start there…


Next Steps

  • You're already on the KMS. Remember this is your one-stop shop for all TRACS training and work information, so this is a great page to bookmark on your laptop! 
  • Use the CSU Training Checklist to get started on the list of tasks you'll need to complete each week.
  • If you haven't already, make sure you have created an account for this site, so you can access all of the content, videos and forums
  • If you have questions about training or the TRACS program, please contact the TRACS training team at tracs-training@fws.gov.
  • When you have been approved to begin work, go to the CSU Work Assignments folder (note: you must be logged into this site to view this folder).