Nurturing the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation
We want to develop a workforce that embodies our Guiding Principles, including one that states employees are our most valuable resource, are respected, and deserve an empowering, mentoring, and caring work environment. The specific vision for our workforce that embodies this principle is included in Conserving the Future: “Our workforce is diverse and inclusive, shares a passionate conservation ethic, and works together as a cohesive whole.”
We must equip our workforce at every level with the tools necessary to be effective leaders. To do so, we must provide them with the mindset, skills, experiences, abilities, and confidence to know that everyone can make a difference in our organization and in the greater conservation cause.
FWS Detail Opportunities

This easy-to-use internal website enables employees to post and share professional detail opportunities within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “FWS Detail Opportunities” is set up as an announcement board, where any employee signed on to BisonConnect can post and share information about work details. For helpful tips including how to post to the site visit Detail FAQs.

Reaching Your Full Potential: A Guide to Employee Development

This online guide is a compilation of resources to help equip our workforce at every level with the tools necessary to be effective leaders.

Too often, we have associated the term “inclusive” with demographics, assuming that inclusion means just supporting women and minorities. But it is more than promoting gender or racial diversity. Inclusion is about recognizing, respecting, and valuing any difference that influences personal perspectives. These unique perspectives help us react differently to solve problems and create different opportunities. The best organizational practices for superior performance are directly linked to employing and retaining people with a diversity of thought. An inclusive workplace is one which fosters a diversity of thought and ideas. We recommend that the Service conduct programs specifically to promote inclusion, revamp diversity training, and emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in our National Wildlife Refuge System Report

Organizational Efficiencies

Healthy organizations are continually changing, learning from the past and striving to find new ways to achieve their missions. Since the 1940s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has done just that, growing from an original five to its present eight geographic regions to accommodate the Service’s growing responsibilities.

Improving Organizational Effectiveness Report

National Experience and Headquarters/Regional Office Position Location Assessment & Assessment of Needed National Aptitudes (A.N.N.A) Report

Supervisor Accountability FWS Manual Chapter In progress

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Conserving the Future Tools
American society is more ethnically and socially diverse (2010 U.S. Census data) than any other time in history, and this diversity will only increase into the future. The National Wildlife Refuge System must also evolve to better serve this diverse public by meeting them where they are.
Human demands on the environment combined with environmental stressors are creating an urgent need for innovative conservation choices. The scale of issues and challenges we face is unprecedented and impacts us all. Explore how we intend to scale up to landscape thinking.
We are a science-based organization. We subscribe to the highest standards of scientific integrity and reflect this commitment in the design, delivery and evaluation of all our work.