Southwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Regional Director's Corner

Dr Benjamin Tuggle
The ability to look beyond our own jobs and our own programs and make a broader contribution. In essence, it means modeling our behavior to function as
“One Service
One Region”
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Current Student Opportunities in Region 2

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) employs many students in various career and educational fields. The Student employment program is a way to attract talented students to work with the Service and it's an opportunity for students to continue their education and apply their academic studies to on-the-job experience. Visit our Student Opportunity page for current student positions.

Highlight Series
In the coming months, the Southwest Region will highlight each of its programs as a means to introduce the extraordinary activities that the Region's staff bring to the diverse habitats, species and conservation efforts within its boundaries. The next in the series is the Regional Directorate Team. Read Highlight Series Archives.

Southwest Region Law Enforcement

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Special Agent badge. Photo credit: USFWS.

Wildlife law enforcement efforts are coordinated with State game and fish agencies and with Federal counterparts; new partnerships include increased liaison with the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southwest. Special agents and wildlife inspectors in the Region provide law enforcement support to 47 National Wildlife Refuges, 27 National Parks, 20 National Forests, over 30 million square miles of other Federal and State land areas, over 100 distinct Native American tribal areas, and 24 Customs ports of entry.

The Southwest Region Law enforcement Offfice employs 58 personnel and operates a yearly budget of $8.5 million dollars.

Nineteen field stations work complex, multi-jurisdictional, multi-subject investigations with regard to the criminal exploitation and/or industrial hazards of our natural resources.

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Examples of carved ivory objects include small statuary, netsukes, jewelry, and flatware handles. Photo credit: FWS Forensics Laboratory.

Challenges in the Region range from protecting endangered Mexican wolves to foiling interstate trafficking of wildlife ranging from freshwater fish to big game species. Enforcement work includes promoting compliance under Federal wildlife laws by oil and gas producers and other industries whose activities affect protected birds; inspecting wildlife imports and exports at two designated ports (Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston) and four border crossings (Nogales, Arizona, and Brownsville, El Paso, and Laredo in Texas); and partnering with Service biologists to address issues affecting protected species and their habitat.

Learn more about the Region's Law Enforcement efforts.

Last updated: April 17, 2014