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About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The FWS manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 750 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The FWS enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

The FWS employs approximately 7,500 people at facilities across the U.S. The FWS is a decentralized organization with a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., eight geographic regional offices, and nearly 750 field units.

Why the FWS is a great place to work!

Conservation of natural resources impacts many facets of American life. The FWS is committed to playing a critical role in protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife, as well as their habitats. As an employee of the FWS, you will become a part of the growing and diverse workforce who works to make measurable improvements in conservation by providing the expertise that sustains many healthy ecosystems.

At the FWS, permanent employees are eligible for a wide range of comprehensive benefits:

- A varied selection of cost-shared health insurance plans
- Life insurance coverage options
- Comprehensive retirement benefits
- A tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K)
- 13 to 26 vacation days, based on total Federal service
- 13 paid sick leave days per year
- 10 paid holidays per year
- You may be eligible for flexible work schedules and telecommuting
- Paid transit benefits
- Overtime pay


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Last Updated: July 26, 2016
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