||ORGANIZATION TYPE ACRONYM
||Any office that manages and directs the affairs
of the Service's day-to-day operations, such as accounting and financial operations,
personnel, planning and evaluation, engineering and facilities maintenance,
contracting and general services, information system activities, etc.
||Land used to support administrative programs,
such as maintenance facilities or office, and off-site visitor centers.
|ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE
||Law Enforcement office of the assistant to the
regional supervisor responsible for the investigative, administrative, and operational
support activities of the Resident Agents in Charge, Special Agents, and Wildlife
Inspectors in a defined geographic area.
|ASSOCIATED FISH FACILITY
||A Service-owned facility that is involved in the
propagation or enhancement of aquatic species populations, including facilities in the
National Fish Hatchery System that may be operated and maintained by an agency or entity
other than the Service.
||Defines Fish and Wildlife Service policy and
procedures for the safe, efficient, and effective use of aircraft as a tool in mission
||Any area administrated as part of the National
Wildlife Refuge System and managed by a State under cooperative agreements between the
Fish and Wildlife Service and a state fish and wildlife agency.
||Property that has been transferred, title and
deed, to another agency or entity.
|ECOLOGICAL SERVICES FIELD OFFICE
||Multi-program office responsible for:
Protecting endangered species and implementing recovery efforts; reviewing Federal water
development projects and activities under Federal permit or license and recommending
mitigation measures; investigating environmental contaminants; and developing and
facilitating partnerships on both public and private lands to restore, conserve and
protect Federal trust resources and their habitats. This includes federally-listed
threatened and endangered species, migratory fish and birds, certain marine mammals,
wetlands and Federal lands, including National Wildlife Refuges. Also provides
environmental public education and outreach to to other Federal agencies, State agencies,
statewide conservation groups, local land trusts and watershed associations, private
industry, and landowners.
|FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION OFFICE
(formerly FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE OFFICE)
||Provides fish and wildlife management technical
assistance to Indian Tribes, National Wildlife Refuges, States, other Federal agencies and
military installations, and local groups within a specific geographic region.
Manages entire fish communities, emphasizing native and endangered species. Other
activities include, but are not limited to, water rights negotiations, habitat protection,
fish stocking, wild and stocked fish population management, wetland and riparian habitat
restoration, fish passage, invasive species prevention and control, marine mammal
conservation, education, recreational and subsistence fisheries management, and technical
assistance to fishery management councils and commissions.
|FISH HEALTH CENTER
||Provides fish health inspection services to fish
hatcheries in order to minimize the risk of introducing disease agents into the wild.
|FISH TECHNOLOGY CENTER
||Provides technical support to the National Fish
Hatchery System and the fish culture community, with emphasis on improving the quality,
genetic diversity, and post-release survival of captive-reared fish; identifying and
reducing any detrimental effects of hatchery releases on wild fish populations; developing
techniques to reduce water consumption and pollution in hatcheries; and developing and
improving diets to meet nutritional requirements of captive-reared fish.
|HISTORIC NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY
||Preserves and protects fishery
records and artifacts for educational, research, and historic purposes; and provides
interpretative and educational service to the public through the national fisheries
archives and outreach program.
|INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION OFFICE
||Administers and implements country initiatives
that strengthen the capacity of local conservation and natural resource managers and
institutions to conserve wildlife and their habitats (i.e., Multinational Species
Conservation Acts, Convention on Wetlands of International Importance [Ramsar Wetlands
Convention], Convention on Nature Protection and Wildlife Preservation in the Western
Hemisphere, and Wildlife Without Borders).
|JOB CORPS CENTER
||A residential education and job training facility
for young people ages 16-24 who face multiple barriers to employment. Job Corps
Centers are operated by the Departments of Agriculture and Interior and are located on
National Wildlife Refuges, in National Parks, and on National Forests.
|JOINT VENTURE OFFICE
||Responsible for implementing the North American
Waterfowl Management Plan and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act on a regional
scale. Joint ventures are partnerships involving Federal, State, provincial, and
local governments, businesses, conservation organizations, and individual citizens.
||Focuses on potentially devastating threats to
wildlife resources, such as illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat
destruction, and environmental contaminants. Investigates wildlife crimes, regulates
wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works
in partnership with international, State, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife
|MIGRATORY BIRD COORDINATOR OFFICE
||Contributes to the conservation of both game and
nongame migratory birds throughout a specific geographic area by tracking and conserving
migratory bird populations. Collects information on numbers of birds and importance
of different habitats by designing and conducting a variety of studies, such as aerial
surveys for waterfowl, boat surveys for marine birds, point counts on roads, trails and
rivers for land birds, etc.
|NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY
||A Service-owned facility where fish are raised to
replenish depleted stocks, mitigate federal water projects, assist with managing fishery
resources on Federal (primarily Service) and Indian lands, and enhance recreational fisheries.
|NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY AND
||A facility where the National Fish Hatchery and
Fish Technology Center are co-located and dedicated to holding, studying, protecting, and
managing high priority aquatic species, with emphasis on culture and management of
threatened, endangered, and interjurisdictional species.
|NATIONAL WETLANDS INVENTORY
||Produces information about the characteristics,
extent, and status of the Nation's wetlands and deepwater habitats in a variety of media
(e.g., NWI maps, State wetland reports, national wetland status and trends reports, public
information booklets, and specialty study reports on topics such as local wetland trends
and watershed-based wetland assessments). Makes map data available in digital form
for geographic information users and to the general public through the Wetlands
Interactive Mapper on the web site at wetlands.fws.gov.
|NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
||Any area of the National Wildlife Refuge System,
except coordination areas, that are administered by the Secretary for the conservation of
fish and wildlife, including species that are threatened with extinction, all lands,
waters, and interests therein administered by the Secretary as wildlife refuges, areas for
the protection and conservation of fish and wildlife that are threatened with extinction,
wildlife ranges, game ranges, wildlife management areas, or waterfowl production areas.
|NORTH AMERICAN WATERFOWL AND
||Responsible for implementing the North American
Waterfowl Management Plan and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act on a national
and international scale.
|PRIVATE LANDS OFFICE
||Manages the Partners for Fish and Wildlife
program, which restores, improves, and protects fish and wildlife habitat on private lands
through alliances between the Fish and Wildlife Service, other organizations, and
individuals, while leaving the land in private ownership.
|REFUGE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
||Provides technical and administrative support to
a network of national wildlife refuge lands within a defined geographic location, and/or
to one or more of the categories of areas that are administered by the National Wildlife
|REGIONAL FIRE COORDINATOR OFFICE
||Oversees and facilitates the implementation of
interagency standards and policies developed at the national level, including
participation in national training, overhead teams, and task groups.
|RESIDENT AGENT IN CHARGE OFFICE
||Law Enforcement office of the field supervisor
for the investigative and administrative support activities of the Special Agents and
Wildlife Inspectors currently stationed in a defined geographic area.
|SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OFFICE
||Law Enforcement office of the regional or
Washington Office branch supervisor responsible for the investigative, administrative, and
operational support activities of the Resident Agents in Charge, Special Agents, and
Wildlife Inspectors in a defined geographic area.
|SPECIAL AGENT OFFICE
||Law Enforcement office of the special agents in a
defined geographic area who investigate a wide range of wildlife-related crime, including
smuggling, unlawful trade in national and global wildlife resources, illegal interstate
and international transportation of fish, wildlife and plants including fish or wildlife
injurious to domestic resources, killing or harm to endangered species, and mortality due
to environmental contaminants. Additionally, agents provide support for protection of
National Wildlife Refuge resources and enforce migratory game bird hunting regulations.
|TO BE CLASSIFIED
||Interim category that is used only when an
existing organization type is not appropriate and or cannot be accurately defined without
|WETLAND ACQUISITION OFFICE
||Responsible for meeting and complying with
all wetland habitat acquisition planning requirements.
|WETLAND MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
||Public lands comprised of Waterfowl Production
Areas, which preserve wetlands and grasslands critical to waterfowl and other wildlife and
are administered as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
|WILDLIFE AND HABITAT MANAGEMENT
||Provides technical and biological consultation to
assigned refuges on habitat and population management issues, and develops/delivers
Partners for Wildlife and North American Waterfowl Management Plan field activities
"regionwide" to National Wildlife Refuges, States, private landowners and other
partners, including monitoring and evaluation.
|WILDLIFE INSPECTOR OFFICE
||A designated or non-designated Port of Entry for
the importation and exportation of wildlife and wildlife products. Designated
Ports of Entry are considered full service ports for shipments of wildlife and
wildlife products. Non-designated Ports of Entry are limited to shipments for
scientific purposes, alleviating economic hardship, or minimizing deterioration or loss,
and require a special permit which is issued on a case-by-case basis.