Holly Gaboriault

a blonde woman wearing glasses, a white shirt and blue vest smiling in front of a forest background.
Acting Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System

300 Westgate Center Drive
HADLEY, MA 01035
United States

About Holly Gaboriault

Holly Gaboriault is currently the Acting Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Northeast Region. She started her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a biological intern at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in 1997 and was subsequently accepted into the Student Career Experience Program as a Refuge Operations Specialist at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia in 1998. While at Chincoteague, Holly completed her Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was converted into the first biological position at the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Vermont.

In 2008, Holly moved to Atlanta to become a Deputy Refuge Supervisor serving refuges in Florida, Mississippi and southern Alabama. Her experience as Deputy Supervisor made her well suited to successfully compete for a Refuge Supervisor position in Anchorage, Alaska where she was responsible for supervising the Arctic, Alaska Maritime, Tetlin, Kanuti, Yukon Flats, Yukon Delta, and Izembek National Wildlife Refuges.

Hoping to get her boots dirty, she moved south again in 2015 to become the Project Leader for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex, a complex of seven National Wildlife Refuges along 100 miles of Atlantic coast in the states of South Carolina and Georgia. Most recently in 2020, Holly returned to the Northeast Region to serve as the Deputy Regional Chief. 

In her free time, Holly can be seen mostly chasing after dogs and hauling her camper to hike and explore new places.