Science Excellence

Membership in Professional Societies

The Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to encouraging our scientists to take advantage of the many benefits of joining professional societies, including continuing education, networking, and becoming leaders in our profession as officers or board members.

The Service recently developed a new policy on "Participating in Professional Societies and Non-Federal Organizations" to provide guidance and clarity on the Service’s support of employee membership and participation in professional societies. Here are a few summary facts:

Please visit the policy website for complete details and forms to use when participation includes fiduciary duty.

Learn more about the Service's joint MOU with The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, and USGS Coop Units here.


Last updated: February 19, 2020

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