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  • July 28, 2020 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    The Virtual R3 Forum, occurring on Aug. 26 and 27, 2020, provides an opportunity for professionals dedicated to increasing participation in hunting, target shooting, and other outdoor recreation to gather virtually and learn from each other. The event is designed to allow participants to capitalize on the recently increased participation in hunting, angling, and other activities and will offer insights to help professionals retain new participants post-pandemic.

  • July 28, 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous

    Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Hiring Two Information and Education Specialists

  • July 28, 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife Hiring a Marketing Specialist

  • July 16, 2020 5:42 AM | Anonymous

    Will COVID-19 Spell the End of Outdoor and Environmental Education?

    The pandemic has been devastating to the field, according to a recent survey

    Read article:

  • July 15, 2020 5:25 AM | Anonymous

    Online Fishing License Assessment

    RBFF recently announced the findings of a new fishing license mystery shopper study, which shows promising gains made by states in their online license purchase process. Each year, more and more consumers are purchasing a broader range of goods and services online, as well as from mobile devices. The Online Fishing License Assessment was conducted to gain a better understanding of the current digital licensing landscape and track improvement and progress over time since the last research study in 2012.

    In the seven years since RBFF first conducted a study in the realm of online fishing license transactions, significant progress has been made, most notably:

  • June 29, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    The AREA 2020 Training Conference is rescheduled.
    AREA 2021 IS October 10 - 14, 2021.
    Check back for Details and Registration.
    Registration Open JUNE 1, 2021.

  • June 25, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Education Section Chief position open in Pratt, KS working for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. 

    Beginning annual salary, $70,077/year; group health and life insurance; retirement; optional deferred compensation, dental and vision options; holidays; and sick, vacation, and parental leave. 

    The position is responsible for directing all aspects of the department’s R3 and wildlife education programs. R3 – recruitment, retention and reactivation – is a relatively new, critical program designed to ensure the survival of the state’s outdoor heritage and wildlife and fisheries conservation programs. The section chief supervises a full-time R3 coordinator position, overseeing department-wide R3 efforts that are directed at anglers, hunters and outdoor recreationists. The position also oversees delivery of statewide hunter, boater, wildlife and fur harvester education programs, supervising three full-time education program coordinators. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the operation of Milford, Pratt, and Southeast Kansas nature centers, including supervision of the Southeast Kansas Nature Center director. Other statewide programs delivered by section staff include Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Archery in the Schools, Student Air Rifle Program, EcoMeets, Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites, advanced hunter education and outdoor skills events. This position will coordinate shooting range grants, prepare and monitor section budgets, and ensure education delivery and communication methods adapt and evolve with changing audience preferences and technology advancements.

    Details and How to apply at

  • June 25, 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    PA Fish & Boat Commission Hiring R3 Coordinator

    "The R3 Coordinator will serve as the subject matter expert for the PFBC on strategies to recruit, retain, and reactivate (R3) anglers and boaters in Pennsylvania. The R3 Coordinator is directly responsible for creating new R3 strategies, as well as evaluating and enhancing existing R3 strategies within the PFBC to achieve internal goals and increase license sales. The R3 Coordinator will provide effective guidance and program management to both internal and external stakeholders regarding the PFBC's R3 programs and strategies, and will assist in the creation of a formal R3 Plan. The R3 Coordinator also assists with event planning, to include trainings, public and stakeholder meetings, workshops, and press events, as well as contributes content for the PFBC website, intranet, public emails, and social media pages. The best candidate for this position is a capable, experienced self-starter who is passionate about using appropriate data and industry best practices to effectively guide the PFBC in their R3 endeavors."


  • June 22, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous
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    Career 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 job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page.

  • June 22, 2020 8:56 AM | Anonymous

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    Students interested in wildlife conservation and stewardship are encouraged to apply for our paid internships through our partnership organizations. Opportunities with FWS and other conservation agencies throughout the country can be found on the following partner's websites:

    *You will need to use the agency filter to see our internships offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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AREA members participate in a national effort toward angler and aquatic education, angler R3, outreach, resource conservation, research, program evaluation, and similar functions related to aquatic education and angler R3 programs. AREA members can participate in the national biennial conference and regional meetings / updates.

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