Refuge Law Enforcement

Protecting Your National Wildlife Refuges

Federal Wildlife Officer
Federal Wildlife Officer. Credit: USFWS.

Who We Are

A Federal Wildlife Officer is a law enforcement officer that combines conservation protection, traditional policing, and emergency first response to protect, serve, and educate the visiting public and the National Wildlife Refuge System staff. Among the most visible, essential, and recognizable conservation professionals in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they serve an important function as both guardians and ambassadors for National Wildlife Refuges, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and America’s wildlife.

Federal Wildlife Officers are a part of an unbroken chain of conservation protectors spanning 114 years.


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Who We Are

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What We Do

Federal Wildlife Officer.

Career Information

Federal Wildlife Officers.
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: December 01, 2017
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