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  • September 16, 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Calling Aquatic Educators.  We are on for an in-person meeting in Rapid City on September 25-29, 2022.

    If you would like to be part of the conference planning team, or would like to propose a session/presentation, we will have an initial discussion on November 9, 2021.  Contact the President, Barb Gigar for access to the Zoom login details. barb.gigar@dnr.iowa.gov

  • May 24, 2021 8:06 AM | Anonymous
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    Career & Internship Vacancies

    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

    Students learn about local birds by playing a familiar game on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

  • May 14, 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Arizona Game and Fish Department Trends Study: The Country's Longest-Running Trends Survey on Attitudes Toward Wildlife

    For almost 30 years, the Arizona Game and Fish Department has partnered with Responsive Management on the nation’s longest-running trends study on attitudes toward wildlife. Since 1992, Responsive Management has conducted this survey of Arizona residents to measure their participation in wildlife-related recreation and their attitudes toward wildlife-related issues and the Department itself. Findings from the survey have continually helped the agency maintain relevancy by keeping abreast of the values and perceptions of the Arizona general population.

    “Arizona has changed over the past 30 years as the state has grown,” notes Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Ty Gray. “However, the value people place on wildlife and outdoor recreation has not wavered. This is confirmed each time we conduct the Department’s biennial trend survey.”

    Read the full newsletter with Arizona Game and Fish Department Trends Study highlights.

    Visit Responsive Management online.

    Responsive Management
    130 Franklin Street
    Harrisonburg, VA 22801
    540-432-1888
     

  • April 26, 2021 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    As painful as it is, we cancelled the AREA Conference for 2021 and are in the planning for 2022. 

  • April 26, 2021 9:04 AM | Anonymous



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    Biologist

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service employs Fish Biologists (series: 482), Wildlife Biologist (series: 486), Wildlife Refuge Specialists/ Managers (series: 485), General Biologists (series: 401), and more. Our biologists: 

    • Plan and execute wildlife surveys to determine population trends, patterns in reproductive success, timing of nesting events, and other demographic parameters of a suite of indicator species. 

    • Review comprehensive hatchery and fishery management plans and develop programs that affect biological resources including, but not limited to: fish culture, hatchery quality control, fishery management assistance, sampling for exotic species, assessing fish populations, and recommending habitat restoration/management. 

    • Participate in the development of Comprehensive Conservation Plans, Habitat Management Plans, Land Acquisition and Protection Plans, and other similar actions. 

    • Research potential impacts of proposed Federal program or project operational data to determine the effects of those programs or actions on threatened and endangered species and prepares draft biological opinions as required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Amendments for the supervisor's review and/or discussion. 

    • Review and/or prepare biological portions of environment assessment/impact statements or comprehensive resource planning reports to evaluate environmental consequences of proposed actions on Federal fish and wildlife resources of concern. 

    Click here to watch this video about a Pilot Biologist working to study and protect migratory birds. 

  • April 26, 2021 9:02 AM | Anonymous
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    Career & Internship Vacancies

    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements.

    Summer intern talking with children

    For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

  • January 18, 2021 8:57 AM | Anonymous

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    Career & Internship Vacancies
    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

    For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

    Wage Grade Positions

    Maintenance Mechanics (series: 4749), Engineering Equipment Operators (series: 5716), Tractor Operators (series: 5705), Laborers (series: 3502), and Small Craft Operators (series: 5786) make up a significant portion of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service workforce. These positions are Federal blue collar employees who are paid by the hour, although can still be permanent, full-time employees and are classified under the Federal Wage System or Wage Grade. These positions are not classified on the General Schedule (GS) scale on USAJobs, but instead on the Wage Grade (WG) scale. Under this uniform pay system, your pay will be the same as the pay of other Federal jobs like yours in your wage area, and your pay will be in line with pay for private sector jobs like yours in your wage area.  

    In the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, these positions work at National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries and generally have a diversity of duties like the ones below. 

    • Extensive maintenance and alterations for facilities, vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure. You will be conducting manipulations on a variety of habitat types, using agriculture and construction equipment. 
    • Perform a variety of automotive, pump, chiller/heater, generator and equipment maintenance and repairs. Determine the nature and extent of repairs required, cleans, replaces, or makes adjustment to such parts as fuel, electrical, brakes, steering, regulators, water/fuel pumps, carburetors, cooling systems and attachments to equipment. Perform minor tune-ups; replace mufflers, gaskets, shocks, bearings, and oil seals, etc. 
    • Use farm-type tractors and towed or attached equipment as appropriate to maintain grounds, road medians and trails 
    • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair sewage or drainage systems 
    • Operate powered (walking type) lawn mowers, digs fence posts holes with hand or powered post hole diggers; clear trees and brush from fence construction areas using an axe, brush hook, hatchet, handsaw, or similar hand tool; washes and waxes cars and trucks by hand or using power buffer. 

    To view wage schedules for Wage Grade employees, visit this site.

  • January 13, 2021 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    Thinking Spring Yet? AFWA has some Responsible Recreation signs available

    Thinking Spring Yet? AFWA has some Responsible Recreation signs available for state fish and wildlife agency partners to promote responsible recreation as hunters, target shooters and other outdoor recreationists head outdoors for spring activities. 

  • January 13, 2021 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    RBFF is soliciting State agency proposals by Friday, 1/15 for the 2021 State R3 Program Grants to help fund state programs that are sustainable and replicable and have a focus on retaining anglers and boaters and foster long-term participation.

    A reminder that RBFF is requesting proposals from state agencies that implement angler and/or boater customer engagement strategies to help retain current, new and returning anglers and boaters from 2020 to increase participation. Please note the RFP includes opportunities for alternative later program timeframes. Please review the 2021 State R3 Program Grants RFP and Application for full details. (https://www.takemefishing.org/getmedia/a3c11b4a-95d7-4e61-b450-bd2b9c857e40/RBFF-2021-State-R3-Program-Grants-RFP-and-Application.pdf)

    Proposals are due to Stephanie Hussey, State R3 Program Director, at shussey@rbff.org by January 15, 2021. Please email or call Stephanie at 703-778-5152 with any questions.

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