Work With Us

A fisheries biologist at work.

If you’re passionate about science, nature, plants and wildlife, water and air quality, and education, a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service might be just what you’re looking for.

A career with us also might be for you if you’re knowledgeable about public land management, information technology, facilities or heavy equipment maintenance, real estate, engineering, finance, communications, cartography, budgeting, refuge law enforcement or wildlife inspection and wildlife criminal investigation, public policy and more.

Our dedicated employees perform a wide range of jobs at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries and with public, tribal and private partners. The work is rewarding.

We hope you’ll join us in advancing our mission of working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

A federal wildlife officer helps visitors.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to recruiting and hiring a highly qualified, diverse and inclusive workforce to support our mission. Below and on associated pages you'll find information and links about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs and opportunities for potential candidates. You'll also find information about our employees, our onboarding process and a diverse array of careers across the agency.


Discover the Youth Conservation Corps   Meet Our People

Explore Career Paths and Job Series

An IT specialist at the keyboard.

Not sure where to start? Take a quiz to find your path.

There are more than 70 careers to choose from at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We value dedicated individuals with diverse education, experience and training backgrounds. Some professional jobs require a college degree. Several have specific academic credit requirements.

We offer competitive pay and generous leave, job security, a great medical and retirement benefits packagework-life flexibilities and work locations in every state and each U.S. territory.

Learn more about the jobs and occupational series available with us and across the Department of the Interior.

A maintenance professional surveys a trail.

On, you can search job openings by discipline (series), location, salary and other parameters. You can create a personal account where you can build, upload and post your résumé and supporting documents (e.g., college transcripts, optional cover letter) and apply for jobs. Visit to search our careers. You can save the search to be notified when new positions are accepting applications.

Explore the variety of careers that we and other Department of the Interior agencies offer, including typical duties and qualification requirements.

A ranger/visitor services specialist playfully encourages folks to beware of baby turtles when driving at and near national wildlife refuges.

Demystify Coursework Requirements

Some U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service careers require minimum education requirements and some of those require a specific number of semester or quarter hours in a particular discipline to qualify.

Figuring out which courses satisfy which discipline can be confusing. We’re here to help!

Fish biology work at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.

Quick tip:

Sometimes a course name does not provide enough information to tell Human Resources if a course satisfies a semester hours requirement for a particular discipline.

In cases like this, you can include a letter in your application from your professor or college dean explaining that the course contained particular content.

For example, the Fish Biology Series (0482) requires a degree with a major in biological science that includes:

  • At least 6 semester hours in aquatic subjects such as limnology, ichthyology, fishery biology, aquatic botany, aquatic fauna, oceanography, fish culture, or related courses in the field of fishery biology

  • At least 12 semester hours in the animal sciences in such subjects as general zoology, vertebrate zoology, comparative anatomy, physiology, entomology, parasitology, ecology, cellular biology, genetics, or research in these fields. (Excess coursework in aquatic subjects may be used to meet this requirement when appropriate.)

A wildlife biologist releases a baby turtle into the wild.

Suppose you mention in your application that you took a class in wetlands ecology.

A Human Resources specialist who evaluates your application might categorize that class as coursework in aquatic subjects. 

But that's not guaranteed, because wetlands ecology is not specifically listed above. (This listing matches the listing that would be in the vacancy announcement.)

So, you might want to include a letter indicating this wetlands ecology course would be classified as an aquatic subject for the purposes of this job series.


Onboarding Process

Learn about the onboarding process once you've been selected for a job with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fast-track Your Way to a Federal Career

A heavy equipment operator aerates a pond.

The federal government offers pathways to help hire individuals who represent our diverse society. These hiring paths often can make the hiring process go more quickly. Explore different hiring paths and how they can be used to help secure a career with us. 





FWS posts noncompetitive vacancies for candidates who are qualified and eligible under the hiring paths linked above. Candidates must apply by the listed deadline for each position of interest. Refer to individual position flyers for duties, required documents, and application process for these vacancies.


Stay Connected 

Find our careers-focused social media pages with staff profiles, highlights of vacancies and more. Follow or search for #WeAreUSFWS on social media to learn more and connect with us.

 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn


Questions about our jobs, internships, fellowships or the application process? Email us at