Fish and Wildlife Services

Period 4

Different Jobs!

Fish and Wildlife Biologist

Fish and wildlife resource work on federal property and some fishery management; coordination with the defense department about federal trust resources, plan writing and editing, and field projects on aquatic and terrestrial resource projects

Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)

Assists in planning and conducting biological surveys; conducts surveillance to monitor existing and detect new colonization; develops and uses automated databases to enter, organize, and perform preliminary analysis of data of fisheries reports; operates field equipment including small watercraft, fish sampling gear, generators, cars and trucks, cameras, sonar, netting, and electrofishing

Wildlife Biologist (Airplane Pilot)

Pilot light aircraft; Serve as a wildlife biologist responsible for research; Assist with the development of cooperative management and research programs for different organizations; Prepare scientifically-defensible reports and articles; Plan, coordinate, and/or assist with ecological inventories, monitoring and research efforts; gather detailed field data for use in technical and general reports; and analyze biological data


involves spectrum of specialized and complex writing and editing which have a direct bearing on land protection, wildlife and habitat management, public use, and refuge operations programs; presents info for professional groups; uses software for editing and publishing

Transportation Program Analyst

coordinate funding for planning, design and construction of public use facilities such as roads, parking lots, trails, visitor centers, etc; identify refuge or hatchery projects that would compete well in programs to increase overall funding; provide overall support to regional facilities management

Forestry Technician (Fire)

serve as firefighter on a hand crew or fire crew; fire prevention, patrol, detection, or prescribed burning; operation of fire engines; collect fire weather data, fuel and soil moisture samples and maintain records

Budget Analyst

assists with development, implementation, monitoring, and balancing of future, current, and prior year budgets; responsible for administrative aspects of budget execution, purchasing, reimbursables, contributed funds, and establishing controls on expenditures
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Purpose of the agency:

The purpose of the Fish and Wildlife Service is to manage fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission statement of the agency is “working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

How the agency manages land and the services it oversees:

Most of the fish and wildlife live on non-federal lands. The FWS works closely with private groups(The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Partners in Flight etc.) to assist in habitat conservation and restoration. The FWS also works to protect endangered species, restore national fisheries, and managing migratory birds.

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Practices for land use:

The FWS conserves habitat and endangered species through the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge System protects 150 million acres of land and water for wildlife to thrive in. Wildlife refuges allow visitors to participate in hunting, fishing, observation, photography, hiking, and environmental education. The FWS also conserves the endangered wetlands in America through the Small Wetlands Program. About three million acres of wetlands have been set aside by the government for nature to develop.

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Sustainable Practices:

You can help support bird habitat conservation through the Federal Duck Stamp Programs. You can buy a stamp and 98% of the revenue earned from the purchasing of duck stamps will go to help acquire and protect wetland habitat and purchase conservation easements.

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The FWS has placed a suspension on the imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe into the U.S. Hunting conservationists are trying their best to lift this suspension. The conservationists are trying to show the FWS that the hunting of elephants in Zimbabwe will ensure the survival of the species. The FWS has not lifted this suspension.
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Goals of services provided:

The major goal is to “conserve the nature of America.” There is a need to collectively protect landscapes, fish, wildlife, and plants in America; the main purpose is to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back.

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Human interaction goals:

The main goals are to help protect important habitat, and help increase species' populations and reduce the threats to their survival so that they can be removed from federal protection. Their environmental contaminant specialists review project plans, licenses, even proposed laws and regulations, to avoid or minimize harmful effects on wildlife and habitats. In cases of significant releases of hazardous waste, they work in the field to pinpoint sources of pollution and investigate effects, using this data to secure compensation for lost or damaged wildlife and habitat.

How much land they oversee:

The foundation has offices in all fifty states. They have projects across the united states.
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Laws and policies relevant to the management of the agency:

They administer the Endangered Species Act, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back.

Where these services are located:

This agency works with partners in federal and state agencies, tribes, local governments, the business community, and private citizens.

Wherever species or habitats are in danger, the FAWS is aware and tries to make an effort to help. Not necessarily directly in the community, but educating the public.

How the service fits in the UN international categories:

Managed Resource Protected Areas

Habitat/species Management Areas

Strict Nature Reserve and Wilderness Areas