Ways to Get Involved

As a small office with a large work area, partnering with others is a foundation of our work - whether it be funding research, coordinating on-the-ground conservation efforts, or shepherding the next generation of conservation leaders. There may be opportunities for you to get involved conserving some of the rarest species and special habitats of southern Appalachia, either with us, or with one of our myriad partners. 


Congratulations on taking important steps towards your future career in conservation!  Volunteer Internships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are unique opportunities to experience many aspects of a career in conservation with a Federal agency.  There are many benefits to volunteering as an intern:

  • Build your resume with real world experience
  • Learn about the day-to-day tasks of staff in a Federal conservation agency
  • Network with professionals and partners of the USFWS
  • Learn about rare species in Tennessee
  • Gain knowledge of federal and international laws governing wildlife
  • Practice and refine your scientific analysis and writing skills
  • Earn college credit

For more information about volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our national volunteer webpage

Our Partners

Partnerships are the foundation of our work – from working with private landowners to restore an eroding streambank to teaming with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to plan imperiled plant, fish and mussel conservation across the state. Many of our partnerships are small, even informal. However, there are a handful of formal partnerships we’re involved with, focused on habitats or species of great importance.