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

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, working for wildlife, this could be a great opportunity for you!We are looking for a volunteer or volunteer couple to work at the refuge from May to October (dates negotiable, minimum month stay) performing maintenance work (other opportunities available). We...
DESCRIPTION: Situated northeast of Houston is the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, 30,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest rich in biodiversity and history. The towering cypress trees and tea-colored bayous along the Trinity River are within 50 miles of the Texas Medical Center, major...
Volunteers will assist staff with day to day operations working flexible hours; may include some evening hours and Saturdays. Primary tasks involve visitor services and environmental education. Such as staffing the visitor center and nature store, greeting visitors, answering phones, and providing...

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.

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...
Do you love exploring in nature? Become a Junior Naturalist today! This program is free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Once completed with the booklet, send us an email and we will send you a patch!
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.

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.

Outdoor Activity


Walk for the Wild at Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Join staff from U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Red Rock Audubon Society, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, and the Southern Nevada Conservancy as we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge...

Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Corn Creek Visitor Center
Nature Journal with a Unique Scientific Illustration Technique                      With Nathalie Aall

Come explore nature journaling and how it relates to...

Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Corn Creek Visitor Center

Join us as we hear from producers, Paul Lamont, Scott Sackett and co-producer Caleb Abrams, of the 58-minute film, Lake of Betrayal, and then watch the film with us! 

Lake of Betrayal highlights the harsh realities the Seneca Nation experienced during the mid-1900s, continuing the...

National Conservation Training Center Facility

Get Involved Stories

Four turtles standing side-by-side, head-to-tail on a log in water
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A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System
Not quite sure what the National Wildlife Refuge System is and all that it encompasses? This primer gives a quick overview.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manages Lands and Waters for You
Saturday marks the annual National Public Lands Day. Throughout the country, national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries, and all public lands, are planning cleanups to make the lands look their best and give the critters there the best home possible. Many facilities also have festivals...
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Native pollinator gardens attract amazing wildlife, help ecosystem
Native pollinator gardens attract bees, butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. These creatures spread pollen to other plants which benefits wildlife and people. Check in with our blog so you can create your own garden!
A red beetle with black spots nestled into a frost-covered stalk of a plant.
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Winterize your pollinator garden
While it may seem that all your insect friends have fled south, overwintering pollinators are quietly hunkering down until warmer weather returns. You can help them survive the winter! Read how you can ready your garden and yard for winter
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National Wildlife Refuge Week
Celebrate your nature. National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage.
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Latino Conservation Week
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners with Hispanic Access Foundation to celebrate Latino Conservation each year in mid-to-late July.