US Fish and Wildlife Service Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. Program Office
    Assistant (OA)

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    Former Employee - Program Operations Assistant (OAS) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Program Operations Assistant (OAS) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The employees, easy to get along with, communication, proactive in your well being and look out for greater opportunity

    Cons

    Favor shown among many employees.

    Advice to Management

    Become a better manager, and not micro-manage employee. Allow employee to grown based on his/her capabilities.

  2. SCA Intern -GIS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture
    Useful training
    Opportunity to get into the field, and learn how to work in sub-zero weather.
    Free housing was also provided

    Cons

    Generally low pay
    A lack of work after around the halfway point of the internship
    Extremely remote location
    Somewhat vague directions about what I should do

  3. n/a

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    enthusiastic energetic lively committed passionate

    Cons

    personal growth culture bureaucracy government

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  5. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Fish Biologist in Marion, IL
    Current Employee - Fish Biologist in Marion, IL

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Service is a large organization with varied programs. This gives many opportunities for those with background in biology or environmental sciences. The organization employes regulatory, scientific, and environmental management positions. This results in both desktop and field oriented opportunities. You work to actually implement conservation and the great American outdoors, not to promote conservation (NOGs) or barely meet regulations to secure permits for development projects (Consultants).

    The Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is a smaller staffed office. It is an active field office that requires participation in work outdoors (aquatic field biology). Positions here gives opportunity to be part of and manage active research and monitoring projects that contribute to conservation of habitat and species. As technician you get the opportunity to participate in and learn aquatic biology sampling and studies. As a biologist you get a good balance of field and desktop work. There are mainly three programs currently: Large River (The Mississippi), invasive species (mainly Asian Carp), and habitat programs. All current employees work well together. Management is good. No competition and backstabbing among employees. The office is well equipped and has money.

    Cons

    As anywhere, there are bad managers in the agency (though I had better luck with FWS than in other agencies I have worked for). It is the government, things can take time - including hiring. For the Carterville office: almost all jobs are temporary or term which is a problem for those who wants long-term job security. It also has been partially understaffed which has been hard for field crews. Southern IL has some great nature spots but lack on cultural opportunities. It is a strip mall community that requires car to get to anything.

  6. it has been a great time!

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    Current Employee - Fish Biologist in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Fish Biologist in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    outside, work with animals, water, boats, fun times

    Cons

    management difficulties, poor co workers, bad weather sometimes.,

  7. I had a rewarding experience while working at the US Fish and Wildlife Adminisration

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    Former Employee - OfficeAssisttant (OA) in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - OfficeAssisttant (OA) in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There i growth if you apply yourself

    Cons

    Don't become stagnated, not allowing your best to come forward and just grow at the normal pace.

  8. Experience was very rewarding, met and befriended lots of coworkers, made it easy to get along with others.

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    Current Employee - Program Office Assistant (OA) in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Program Office Assistant (OA) in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time (more than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly, helpful and always willing to do whatever they can to make it easy going in the workplace.

    Cons

    Nothing relevant to say about the company

  9. Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    Fun job, great pay, rewarding

    Cons

    Management had a hard time keeping team on the same page.

    Advice to Management

    Define a plan and stick with it

  10. Creative Freedom

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    Former Intern - Public Use in Sanibel, FL
    Former Intern - Public Use in Sanibel, FL

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyday holds new adventures, new people, and new sides of the refuge. The organization really believes in providing training opportunities to help their employees become the best they can be. There is also a flexibility in the projects you can do on a refuge that makes the job seem so full of creative possibilities. There is ease in the ability to move up in the organization and to move to other refuges.

    Cons

    Normal office problems that you can find between coworkers.

  11. Helpful (1)

    cronyism is alive and well in Government

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    Former Intern - Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) in Ludington, MI
    Former Intern - Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) in Ludington, MI

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service as an intern (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    personal growth: A wide field of various science and even general "work" skills can be obtained while working in seasonal jobs here. A very good place to work if you like working outdoors. Pay/compensation is better than many places.

    Cons

    If you are seasonal you might be "pigeon-holed" forever in that status....unless "they" really "like" you for purely subjective reasons. (hard-work and knowledge/skills/ abilities really take a back seat). Some, but not all "managers" AND biologists behave as if they were "gods gift" to the organization and are very thin skinned, arrogant and sometimes not compentent.! Employees are ENCOURAGED to be in compitition with one another...sort of like an episode of "Survivor". These weird hazing rites are part of the scene for some of the supervisors/management and NOT TEAMWORK. I think the chronic "seasonal" stuff is a money - saving scheme on the part of the hypocritcal FEDS who don't give a hoot about anyone not working directly for Washington DC politicos.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. playing favorites, etc. Stop changing job categories on employees from INTERMITTENT TO SEASONAL.

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