Refuge Law Enforcement

Protecting Your National Wildlife Refuges


Guided by the founding principles of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, we shall protect wildlife and habitat and make refuges safe places for staff and visitors, we shall conserve America’s natural resources for now and in the future, and we shall exemplify excellence in public service to all.

Federal Wildlife Officers are professional law enforcement officers entrusted with protecting natural resources and public safety. Law enforcement is central to the effective management of fish and wildlife resources on national wildlife refuges.

Federal Wildlife Officers promote the survival of species and health of the environment by ensuring that wildlife laws are followed. They also welcome visitors, and are often the first U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees encountered by the public on refuges.Federal Wildife Officers (FWO) are entrusted with protecting natural resources, visitors and employees on National Wildlife Refuge System lands.

Here you'll find information about the range of roles and responsibilities fulfilled by Federal Wildlife Officers as well as information about career opportunities in Federal Wildlife Law Enforcement.

Who We Are

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What We Do

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Career Information

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Last modified: November 16, 2017
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