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Updated Apr 17, 2017

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Director  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. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Internship 
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Pros

    The U.S. FWS is one of the best places to start an internship for a 1st-year undergraduate. The staff were incredibly kind and actively trained me, making sure I had a variety of projects to work on. It was important for acclimating me to both a professional and office setting.

    Cons

    Those who are best suited to work at Fish and Wildlife are biologists, environmental scientists, and conservationists based on my experience with the staff. It is not an organization suited for those with broader interests in the environmental realm.

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2017-04-18
  2. "Not a bad place to work as a software developer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lakewood, CO
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, decent pay, interesting work, ability to solely own a software application and work on the whole development stack, work directly with the clients

    Cons

    IT Managers are former biologists with little understanding of IT Limited government budget for new projects Little room for advancement Few training opportunities

    US Fish and Wildlife Service2015-06-26
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of opportunities for growth and training, if you advocate for yourself"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Takoma Park, MD
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at US Fish and Wildlife Service full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Side projects, special interests, training and leeway to dive into what interests you is possible and accessible. Flexible work schedule. Optimal travel time.

    Cons

    It may be difficult to access those perks without considerable effort. Director does not appear to care about employees or be a team player. Upper level management and some direct supervisors are biologists, not good with people and don't recognize when morale is low. Work load is a LOT.

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service2015-06-17
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    "cronyism is alive and well in Government"

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    Former Intern - Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) in Ludington, MI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    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.

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service2014-09-11

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