Our mission begins with the words, "Working with others." We invite you to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places for today and for generations to come.

You can get involved by volunteering, partnering, sampling learning opportunities, taking part in education programs, and attending events. You can also comment on proposed rules and notices. Here’s how.


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Common Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play a vital role in the maintenance and visitor services programs at the refuge. Volunteers will work primarily on-site providing visitors with information about the refuge and its resources. Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; visitors’ safety,...
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge hosts Resident Volunteers year round. Resident Volunteers staff our Visitor Center and Gift Shop, assist with light maintenance duties, and also are given the opportunity to train for and assist in presenting educational programs to the public. Visitor center...
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of the last remaining intact wetlands of the historic floodplain of the Rio Grande. A small group of staff work hard to re-create the processes of the river and provide food and rest for thousands of overwintering birds in what is now a...

Careers and Internships

Are you passionate about conservation, science, nature, plants and wildlife? A career with us might be just what you’re looking for. It might also be the ticket if you’re into law enforcement, information technology, maintenance, real estate, engineering, communication, cartography, finance, budgeting and more. 

Join us in advancing our mission of working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance, fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. 

Partnering With FWS

Partners are valuable allies to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and play a vital role in meeting the Service's conservation goals.

Featured Partners

Here are just a few of our nationals partners. You can view the full list of FWS partners, along with the regions and areas of focus our work together entails.

Learning Opportunities

We offer many types of learning opportunities including formal and informal training. Some of the education we offer includes job training, career enhancement training, and education for environmental or technical professionals and students.

Education Programs

The Fish and Wildlife Service offers many great education programs.

The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may express their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
This is a series of monthly educational live broadcasts focusing on Indian Country and fostering tribal connections.

Proposed Rules and Notices Open for Comment

Rulemaking is the policy-making process for agencies of the federal government. Each rule goes through a structured reviewing timeline, including a period for public comments. View policy open for public comment on regulations.gov.



The Fish and Wildlife Service hosts many public events at sites across the country.

Outdoor Activity

Animals had their own social media long before humans developed the concept. They communicate about what's going on in our environment and provide a lot of information that we can tune into. Join us as we learn a process for deciphering this communication to learn where the neighborhood cat or...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center
Public Meeting

The 4th Annual Texas Groundwater Invertebrate Forum (TGIF) is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2022, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A workshop session is scheduled on October 20, 2022, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm in San Marcos, TX. The meeting will be...

San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center
Austin Ecological Services Field Office
Virtually through Zoom
Outdoor Activity

Join us for a guided hike of the Hillside trail at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. During this hike, there will be opportunities to get to know the refuge better and its employees. Whether this is your first time at the refuge or you have been visiting for years, come on by and learn...

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

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National Wildlife Refuge Week
Celebrate your nature. National Wildlife Refuge Week, observed the second full week of October each year, celebrates the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage.
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A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System
Not quite sure what the National Wildlife Refuge System is and all that it encompasses? This primer gives a quick overview.
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Workcamping at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Not only does our Workcamping program provide valuable help to the hatchery, but some of the most rewarding aspects are the friendships and bonds that are created through working for a common cause.
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Latino Conservation Week
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners with Hispanic Access Foundation to celebrate Latino Conservation each year in mid-to-late July.
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Celebrating California's coastal butterflies
Hey, California! Grab some binoculars and a smart phone, because it's Pollinator Week. And what better way to celebrate than by catching up with pollinator royalty – butterflies.