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Community and Professional Partners

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports a variety of organizations that work to educate, train, recruit and promote the next generation of conservation professionals.

Learn more about our partner organizations and how we work together.

Conservation Professionals Organizations

The Wildlife Society (TWS)

The Wildlife Society is committed to a world where humans and wildlife co-exist. We work to ensure that wildlife and habitats are conserved through management actions that take into careful consideration relevant scientific information.

Visit TWS Website

The American Fishery Society (AFS)

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

Visit the AFS Website

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (NAFWS)

The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) is a national tribal organization established informally during the early 1980's. NAFWS was incorporated in 1983 to develop a national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management.

Visit the NAFWS Website

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Visit the AISES Website

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.

Visit the LULAC Website

Student Organizations

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related sciences careers.

Visit the MANRRS Website

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

HACU fulfills its mission by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

Visit the HACU Website

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Visit the GMS Website

Diversity & Inclusion Related Employee Organizations

Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program

FAPAC is an organization that promotes equal opportunity and cultural diversity for Asian Pacifc American's within the Federal. FAPAC serves as a conduit through which the interests, issues and representation of Asian Pacific Americans in the Federal, State, County, City and District of Columbia governments are addressed.

Visit the FAPAC Website

Federally Employed Women (FEW)

Federally Employed Women works to end sex and gender discrimination, to engage diversity for inclusion and equity in the workplace, and for the advancement of professional growth of women in the Federal service.

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Out and Equal

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is committed to ending employment discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. We believe that people should be judged by the work they do, not by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Every day, we work to protect and empower employees to be productive and successful—so they can support themselves, their families, and contribute to achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.

Visit the Out and Equal Website

Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE)

SAIGE has a mission to promote the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, and work to ensure their equal treatment under the law; To educate Federal agencies in the history and obligations of the Federal Indian Trust responsibility and to assist them in its implementation; to assist government agencies in the development and delivery of initiatives and programs which honor the unique Federal-Tribal relationship; and to provide a national forum for issues and topics affecting American Indian and Alaska Native government employee.

Visit the SAIGE Website

National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR)

NOMAR is a national, non-profit, all volunteer organization committed to improving educational and employment opportunities for and defending the civil rights of Hispanic Americans.

Visit the NOMAR Website

Blacks in Government (BIG)

BIG works to enable all present and future Black employees in Local, State, and Federal governments to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy.

Visit the BIG Website

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Visit the SACNAS Website

Society for Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)

The mission of MAES is to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.

Link to the MAES Website

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Link to the AWIS Website
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