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

Location and Area Information: The 72,000 acre Valentine National Wildlife Refuge lies in the heart of the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills, a vast area of grass blanketed sand dunes, which flow across north-central Nebraska. Lakes and marshes in the valleys and prairie grasses in the hills and meadows...
Volunteers needed for the following 2-month commitment: October & November 2023Ash Meadows is the Galapagos of the Mojave DesertAsh Meadows National Wildlife Refuge [AMNWR] is an internationally recognized site for the conservation of 26 endemic plant and animal species that live amongst the 50...
Share your love of wildlife and National Wildlife Refuges. Join us as a maintenance volunteer at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. Now accepting applications for October-December 2023.Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is located in Alamo, Nevada, about a 90-minute drive north of Las Vegas....

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.

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.
Beautiful orange and black monarch butterflies roosting on salt bush at the St. Marks NWR. One male and several females.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Virtual Outdoor Adventure Programs Two asynchronous videos that can be used by anyone. 1.) What is a National Wildlife Refuge 2.) Mammals: Predators & Prey. Fun exciting educational virtual field trips that meets the needs of both the FWS sites as well as...

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.

Take an educational walk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers! Discover the 300+ species of birds that use the Refuge during their migration routes - each week guarantee different species! Walk will meet by visitor center and be at a relaxed paced on flat surfaces. There are restrooms and a...

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Outdoor Activity

A guided tour behind the gates with Matt and Cyndi Johnstone

Be prepared by wearing appropriate clothing for the weather. Bring cameras, binoculars, insect repellent, water, and field guides if you have them. This event is free however registration is required. Meet at...

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Outdoor Activity

A guided tour behind the gates with Don Morrow.

Be prepared by wearing appropriate clothing for the weather. Bring cameras, binoculars, insect repellent, water, and field guides if you have them. This event is free. Meet at the Visitor Center and park across the road...

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

Get Involved Stories

hands holding a small yellow bird with its wing out
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Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, Oh My!
The name may be a mouthful, but monitoring avian productivity and survivorship, also called MAPS, is just a fancy name for keeping track of the health of our bird populations. Sorry, no lions, tigers or bears here.
Children paint on the doors of a visitor center
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Toka Nuwan Wayawa Tipi School Helps The Birds
Children from Toka Nuwan Wayawa Tipi (Enemy Swim Day School) paint the doors of the Waubay NWR Visitor Center to help prevent bird collisions.
Poster for America’s Wild Read Summer 2023 with head and shoulders image of author and image of book cover for Stronghold. Graphics: Richard DeVries/USFWS
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Discussion Questions for Stronghold
This Summer, for America's Wild Read the USFWS Library has selected an improbable and exciting story titled, "Stronghold: One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon" by Tucker Malarkey. Come join us on Thursday, August 17 at 3 PM EST for our online book discussion and share your thoughts and...
Mammoth Spring Earth Day 2023
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Earth Day
On April 22, 2023, Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery (MSNFH) didn’t just have a good day, it was a GREAT day! This was the day to enlighten people on the value of taking care of our planet as part of a global event that is celebrated by 193 countries around the world, called Earth Day.
A rusty patched bumble bee visits a wild bergamot flower
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Saving the rusty patch bumble bee
How many times have you watched a documentary showing the plight of an endangered species sliding toward extinction and wondered what you can do to help? We have good news for those of you who live in the range of the rusty patched bumble bee: Helping save this endangered pollinator is something...
Image of brush pile
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Brush Piles - A Safe Space for Wildlife
Brush piles are more than messy collections of woody debris. They provide important habitat for critters, and improve soil quality. Read more to learn about how they provide homes for small mammals and have a place in all of our gardens, or come check out the brush piles by the Parker River...