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

Volunteers play a vital role in the maintenance and visitor services programs at the refuge. Volunteers will work primarily on-site providing visitors with information about the refuge and its resources. Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; visitors’ safety,...
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge hosts Resident Volunteers year round. Resident Volunteers staff our Visitor Center and Gift Shop, assist with light maintenance duties, and also are given the opportunity to train for and assist in presenting educational programs to the public. Visitor center...
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of the last remaining intact wetlands of the historic floodplain of the Rio Grande. A small group of staff work hard to re-create the processes of the river and provide food and rest for thousands of overwintering birds in what is now a...

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.

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may express their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
This is a series of monthly educational live broadcasts focusing on Indian Country and fostering tribal connections.

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.


The last lecture in the Summer Lecture Series is Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m. We will be hosting refuge volunteer, botanist, and educator Bill Arensmeyer as he presents on Poisonous and Edible Mushrooms of Washington.

Bill will be going over the biology of mushrooms, safe...

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Norm Dicks Visitor Center auditorium

On Wednesday, September 14 at 1:00 PM (ET), author and University of Delaware Professor, Douglas Tallamy will present a lecture on his book, “Nature's Best Hope” at the National Conservation Training Center broadcast page: https://livestream.com/nctc

The award-winning...

National Conservation Training Center Facility

Join us in in celebrating the 30th Anniversary since the establishment of Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge! Activities will include behind-the-scenes walking tours, kids’ activities, and more! Stay tuned for more information.

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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