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US Fish and Wildlife Service Reviews

Updated Aug 9, 2019

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US Fish and Wildlife Service CEO Dan Ashe
Dan Ashe
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  • "As with any federal agency there is A LOT of red tape to deal with(in 6 reviews)

  • "Upper level management and some direct supervisors are biologists, not good with people and don't recognize when morale is low(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Love the agency"

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    Current Employee - Wildlife Inspector 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many fun opportunities to travel

    Cons

    Small agency, words travels fast

    Advice to Management

    Please consider others to treat them equally regardless of seniority.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2019-08-10
  2. "Great conservation mission protecting wildlife"

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    Current Employee - Special Agent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging career with plenty of opportunities.

    Cons

    Very challenging to maintain work/personal life balance. Work can be very consuming.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2019-07-29
  3. "Satisfaction depends where you work"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    you can make a difference for fish and wildlife

    Cons

    Too much politics an empire building

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2019-06-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Work with passionate people for a good cause"

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    Current Employee - Partnership Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cause of wildlife conservation is gratifying work and there is a passion that you don't find everywhere

    Cons

    Understaffed, lack of resources to do the job the way it needs to be done

    Advice to Management

    Hire supervisors with proven skills in caring about and supporting their employees

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2019-02-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A gem in the government trying to turn a new leaf"

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    Current Employee - Budget Technician in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hardworking Environment, Passionate Individuals, Strong Mission, Great Training Opportunities (for your subject field)

    Cons

    Aging workforce Shades of prejudice fueled by unconscious bias Hierarchical (especially against lower grades) *Experiences may vary in department and field station

    Advice to Management

    Instead making the mistake confusing "time in grade" as competency, take a hard look at your younger workforce and nurture the ones that question your standard operating procedures and cultivate a diverse and agile team

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2019-02-08
  6. "Public Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and they are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Very bad middle level leadership. If you are looking to go into public relations the service is not the place, unless you like creating press releases.

    Advice to Management

    Look at why people are leaving and not sticking around. Make the changes in leadership and don't continue to hire just because they knew someone or held a job in HQ.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2018-11-29
  7. "Could be such a great place to work but its not.."

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    Former Employee - Wildlife Inspector in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful mission, federal pay is ok but not great with this agency and benefits are the real reason most people stay. You will see some things others only see in zoo's or never see in their lifetime.

    Cons

    Workplaces don't have what they need to operate. Very little promotional potential. Pay is lower than what you will receive someplace else. And a culture of retaliation, nepotism and harassment thrive here. If you speak out about concerns they will come after you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, reward hard work and stop operating on the friends system and stop the whistle blower retaliation and harassment. I loved my job and believe in the mission here but the work environment is way to hostile

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2018-11-20
  8. "great agency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time

    Pros

    great opportunities through out the US

    Cons

    Not many job opportunities available

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2018-09-08
  9. "Forestry Tech"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    Working outside is always a nice thing

    Cons

    This job Doesn't pay well

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2018-06-29
  10. "Depends on Position/Program/Administration. Spotty Leadership. But great to work in conservation."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time

    Pros

    You're helping protect wildlife, habitat and endangered species, how awesome is that? There are truly some great people in this agency. Great training facility (NCTC), national scope and ability to travel, some flexibility in schedule. If you're in the right program and position for you, life is good. Job security.

    Cons

    The USFWS isn't exactly a young, strong, sleek agency. Maybe that was in the 60s-80s with the ESA new, expanding refuges, a strong bent towards technical control of nature with fish hatcheries. It's past middle age, kinda overweight, out of shape, grumpy, not particularly open to change, and trying to find a purpose in life.... ...The ESA, while an amazing law, has become difficult to implement. The refuge... system seems dated, industrial hatchery production is a big part of Fisheries, attempts at landscape-scale collaboration was almost universally disliked by leadership and most staff. There is an archetype of the grumpy, introverted wildlife biologist who doesn't like people or change. There is some truth in this, and it plays out often here. The Peter Principle, like in many gov't agencies, plays out often. I've had 3 Supervisors. One was competent and a real professional inspiration. One was the boss from hell, the other just didn't care about much, seemed lost and always gave up. In many cases, one needs to re-locate or take a job they don't want in order to get promoted. Administration change. Certain administrations don't seem to value public service to wildlife and conservation as much as others. It can be a jarring change to how the agency functions or doesn't function. This agency seems conflicted with itself and the future of conservation. Lots of traditional wildlife management types focused on small areas, one species, probably missing the bigger picture. Maddening to try to instigate innovation or change.

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    Advice to Management

    Management seems aloof to most staff. It's common across gov't. Not much advice there, just try to break out of the mgt bubble. An agency this large and with such a complex mission is going to be wrong a lot. Again, not much advice there, just be humble.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2018-06-02
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