Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Workforce Management

The Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program relies on a broad range of professionals to accomplish its mission: biologists, managers, administrators, clerks, animal caretakers, and maintenance workers. Without their skills and dedication, the program cannot succeed. Employees must be trained, equipped and supported in order to perform their jobs safely, often under demanding environmental conditions, and to keep current with the constantly expanding science of fish and aquatic resource management and conservation.

The goals of the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program are to maintain and support an adequately-sized, strategically positioned workforce with state-of-the-art training, equipment, and technologies in their career fields by:

  • staffing field stations at levels adequate to effectively meet the Service's goals and objectives in fish and other aquatic resource conservation,
  • providing employees with opportunities to maintain competencies in the expanding knowledge and technologies needed to improve opportunities for professional achievement, advancement and recognition, and
  • providing employees with access to facilities and equipment needed to perform their jobs effectively, efficiently and safely.

USFWS Human Capital

National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)

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IMAGINE banding birds at a national wildlife refuge, raising fish at a national fish hatchery, conducting wildlife surveys, leading a tour, or restoring fragile habitat.

With close to 42,000 volunteers contributing in excess of 1.5 million hours, our volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Some work full-time, some just a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season or special event.


Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures.


Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. On-the-job training is provided as needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities. The following opportunities may be available on a refuge near you:

  • conducting fish and wildlife population surveys
  • lead tours and provide information to school groups and other visitors
  • assisting with laboratory research, improve habitat such as re-establishing native plants along a riverbank
  • help with special projects such as banding ducks
  • performing clerical and administrative duties
  • working with computers and other technical equipment
  • photograph natural and cultural resources
  • fight invasive species

Click here for more information on Volunteer opportunities!


Last updated: February 12, 2014