Where We Work
Federal Wildlife Officers work in over 560 National Wildlife Refuges and 38 wetland management areas that span over 150 million acres. National wildlife refuges are found in all 50 states and over a dozen United States territories. Officers are assigned to a specific refuge, or a complex of refuges.
Patrolling for caribou hunters by plane in Alaska to preventing poaching of land crabs on beaches in the Caribbean; contacting dove hunters amongst the saguaros of the Southwestern Desert to conserving waterfowl in the wetlands and tall grasses of the Prairie; protecting nesting sea turtles on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the sage brush steppe of the Great Basin; on an airboat checking fishermen in the swamps of the Southeast and on foot observing turkey hunters through the maples, oaks, and poplar of New England, Federal Wildlife Officers work in a diverse array of locations.
Given the diverse landscapes and geographic locations that FWOs work at, a wide variety of skills and abilities are needed in order to accomplish their job. Each refuge is very different, so each Federal Wildlife Officer’s job can vary greatly.