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

This is a unique opportunity for one individual to assist a small nature center/visitor contact station that needs to be repainted on the interior and kept tidy by cleaning common areas, and installing creative and refuge season-appropriate displays and exhibits. Are you a birder, a hiker, a...
Job Description: We are currently accepting applications for interns on two projects studying the breeding ecology and limiting factors of tundra nesting birds (including shorebirds, passerines, waterfowl, loons, and larids) and population dynamics of small mammals (voles and lemmings) along the...

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.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Virtual Outdoor Adventure Programs Two asynchronous videos that can be used by anyone. 1.) What is a National Wildlife Refuge 2.) Mammals: Predators & Prey. Fun exciting educational virtual field trips that meets the needs of both the FWS sites as well as...
Do you love exploring in nature? Become a Junior Naturalist today! This program is free and open to anyone who wants to participate. Once completed with the booklet, send us an email and we will send you a patch!
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.

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.

Happy Holidays! We welcome you to enjoy the refuge from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but the Herbert H. Bateman Educational & Administrative Center will be closed on November 24.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Chincoteague Visitor Center

Join us for a short, leisurely hike to visit a big tree near the Visitor Center on November 26.  The walk will be off-trail through woods but less than 1.5 miles in distance.  Dress warm and wear foot-ware appropriate for possibly wet ground.  The hike will start at the...

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Muscatatuck NWR Visitor Center
Outdoor Activity

Calling all shorebird enthusiasts to action! Are you ready to get out and count shorebirds this winter? Surveys are conducted annually at the Columbia River Estuary, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor.  Please contact Vanessa Loverti if you are interested and available to help on November 27th...

Pacific Region Migratory Birds and Habitat Program
Grays Harbor, WA

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