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A Talk on the Wild Side.

The Fish & Wildlife Service You Don't Know: Defender of the Known Universe?

Ask a random sampling of Fish and Wildlife Service employees how they feel about their work. More than one will quickly and enthusiastically characterize their jobs in this agency as, “Out of this world!”

Yet only one Fish and Wildlife Service employee holds legitimate title to a job description that’s been truly “extraterrestrial” in its scope.

Jim Warren

Jim Warren who began his career in 1960 as a $4,040-a-year, GS-5 fish biologist, tucked away amid the fir trees of Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery in woodsy Washington State’s Columbia River gorge. 

Within a decade, fortune had bestowed on Warren the title of “Defender of the Known Universe Against All Contaminating Alien Life Forms.”  (Clearly a responsibility well outside his official job description … the pay still nothing to write home about, however.)


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