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.

Volunteering

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Common Volunteer Opportunities

Birders familiar with Rio Grande Valley Species are preferred but experienced birders are welcome. Tours lead from visitor center and involve taking small groups out on refuge trails to learn about valley species. Must be good with people and able to work with varying group experiences.
Volunteers will be at the front desk interacting with visitors. Taking entrance fees, providing maps and trail information, answering phones, checking out binoculars, and electric scooter when needed. Also, playing refuge videos upon request, stocking brochures, clerical recording, light cleaning...

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.

Regulations.gov

Events

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

A Nature of Teaching workshop for K-12 educators, Master Naturalists, and Environmental Educators will be held at Old Timbers Lodge June 23-24, 2022. Curriculum guides will be given out and fun, interactive exercises featuring educational hikes, animal tracking, wildlife viewing, natural...

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Old Timbers Lodge

Bring your cubs to the refuge for story-time and a fun craft they can take home with them! The event will last from 9:30am-11am. Targeted towards preK-2nd grade but all are welcome.

June 4th, June 18th, July 9th, July 23rd, and August 6th

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Visitor Center (Waverly Road)

Bring your cubs to the refuge for story-time and a fun craft they can take home with them! The event will last from 9:30am-11am. Targeted towards preK-2nd grade but all are welcome.

June 4th, June 18th, July 9th, July 23rd, and August 6th

Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Visitor Center (Waverly Road)

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