Our mission begins with the words, "Working with others." We invite you to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places for today and for generations to come.

You can get involved by volunteering, partnering, sampling learning opportunities, taking part in education programs, and attending events. You can also comment on proposed rules and notices. Here’s how.


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Common Volunteer Opportunities

We invite you to come volunteer for one of the hidden jewels of the national wildlife refuge system. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge is 8,862 acres located within the floodplain of the Cumberland River, also known as Lake Barkley. Established in...
Help with hatching and caring for native Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout in recreation destination Jackson Hole, WY. Located less then a mile from the south entrance to Teton National Park and 3 miles from Jackson, Wyoming on the 24,000 acre National Elk Refuge, Bears, wolves, elk, moose...
The Potomac River National Wildlife Refuge Complex is looking for maintenance volunteers that can help on our 3 refuges. Work will involve trail maintenance, planting and removing trees or invasives, and improving the infrastructure and many others. The position is very labor intensive and requires...

Careers and Internships

Are you passionate about conservation, science, nature, plants and wildlife? A career with us might be just what you’re looking for. It might also be the ticket if you’re into law enforcement, information technology, maintenance, real estate, engineering, communication, cartography, finance, budgeting and more. 

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. 

Partnering With FWS

Partners are valuable allies to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and play a vital role in meeting the Service's conservation goals.

Featured Partners

Here are just a few of our nationals partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Learning Opportunities

We offer many types of learning opportunities including formal and informal training. Some of the education we offer includes job training, career enhancement training, and education for environmental or technical professionals and students.

Education Programs

The Fish and Wildlife Service offers many great education programs.

Young Explorers Club Flyer
Calling all preschoolers! The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge hosts a monthly environmental education program geared specifically for 3- and 4-year old children. The programs are held the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 10 - 11 AM, and feature a different nature-related topic. Young Explorer's...
Albatross on Midway Atoll surrounded by marine debris.
Give your student's a first hand experience by dissecting a bolus in your classroom! Learn about the effects of marine debris on sea birds. Request boluses for your class and use activity sheets, pictures, and videos to better inform the future generation of conservationists on the impacts of...
Birders with long range lenses and tripods between forest and the water watching birds.
We offer activities to only participants who are staying on-site at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Check out the list of activities below.

Proposed Rules and Notices Open for Comment

Rulemaking is the policy-making process for agencies of the federal government. Each rule goes through a structured reviewing timeline, including a period for public comments. View policy open for public comment on regulations.gov.



The Fish and Wildlife Service hosts many public events at sites across the country.

Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car! The 7 mile route departs from the Visitor Center entrance road. The red line on the trail map indicates the Wildlife Drive route with some seasonal options. Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset.The Wildlife Drive is only...

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Outdoor Activity

Calling all youth anglers’ ages 5-12 years old! Come and enjoy a morning of learning and fishing @ the Genoa National Fish Hatchery for our Kids Fishing Day! The event will be from 8:30am -12pm!

Registration begins 8:30am - 9:00am

Event consist of four learning stations focusing on...

Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Outdoor Activity
Join a Ranger for a bird identification walk at the Refuge! Learn bird calls, bird identification, and other avian facts. All skill levels welcome! Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Photographers are welcome as well. The walks are at the Visitor Center on Waverly Road, 8:30 to 10:...
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters

Get Involved Stories

Painting of white trumpeter swan flying out of the water. The swan’s wings are extended, and its head curved down. The background features a forest on the horizon with the pink, red, and orange hues of a sunset behind it.
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2024 Idaho Junior Duck Stamp Winners!
See the winners of the Junior Duck Stamp Contest!
Spring Wild Read Poster
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Discussion Questions for The Nature of Oaks
This spring as the trees put on a show by bursting with bright foliage, the USFWS Library is reading The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy. Oaks are some of the most ecologically and economically significant trees in the world. We hope you...
Fields of poppies
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Thriving on Earth Day
At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we work every day toward a future where people and nature thrive in an interconnected way, and where every community feels part of and committed to the natural world around us.
A monarch butterfly pollinates a yellow marigold flower.
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5 Pollinator-Friendly Ways You Can Manage Garden Pests
Amber Aguilera, Listing and Classification Division Supervisor in the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, is a seasoned biologist and gardening enthusiast. Amber avoids using chemicals on her garden and opts instead for nature-based pest and weed control solutions. She shared her top 5 tips for...
a long fish in the weeds
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Don’t Let It Loose
What do you do if you see or catch an invasive fish? Don’t put it back in the water or even your live well. Invasive species don’t belong in our waterways and shouldn’t be returned or transported anywhere.
Poster for Winter 2024's Wild Read, Tenacious Beasts by Christopher J. Preston. Graphics: John Embrey/USFWS.
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Discussion Questions for Tenacious Beasts
This Winter, for America's Wild Read the USFWS Library is reading "Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals" by Christopher J. Preston. Come join us on Thursday, February 29 at 3 PM ET for our online book discussion and share your thoughts and perspectives on a...