Job Overview


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The Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  Our major responsibilities are to protect and conserve migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and certain marine mammals and fish.  The Fish and Wildlife Service partners with farmers and ranchers, State and local governments, Federal agencies, Tribes, citizen volunteers, corporations, and conservation groups to accomplish its mission.  Our National Wildlife Refuge System is among the world’s most significant land and water systems managers for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and plants and encompasses more than 96 million acres and 78,000 square miles of waters.  Our Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation program helps safeguard fisheries worth billions of dollars, conserves at-risk species, and provides recreational opportunities.  The Service’s role in administering the Endangered Species Act enables us to accomplish conservation actions with the goal of recovering threatened and endangered species; and through our role in migratory bird management, we promote the long-term conservation of migratory bird populations while providing opportunities for the public to study, use, and enjoy migratory birds.  The Fish and Wildlife Service employs world-class scientists and other professionals who are also addressing climate change, the greatest environmental and conservation challenge of the 21st Century; as well as facilitating renewable energy development.  You can find additional information specific to our Bureau at WWW.FWS.GOV


The Assistant Director for Science Application serves as the principal science advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on all fish and wildlife science and research matters.  As such, the incumbent is responsible for scientific leadership, program formulation, and technical definition of research needs.  The incumbent serves as liaison between the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the FWS Regional Offices and its Regional Directors as well as Regional Scientists to address science program standards, priorities, and funding.  He/she represents FWS on DOI and inter-departmental science issues and initiatives.  The incumbent develops partnerships, particularly with states, to address science training and the role of science in natural resource management.  He/she coordinates issues with the DOI Science Advisor and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as the science efforts and programs of the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, universities, and other science organizations.  The incumbent develops and provides program direction for the application and adaptation of new concepts and techniques to implement advanced collection, analysis, and evaluation of data on population status and trends and habitat needs of fish, wildlife, and plants.  Such activities include national planning, policy guidance development, budget development, legislative and regulatory support.  These activities support the conservation and perpetuation of fish, wildlife, and plant resources in North America.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Executive will be required to travel as necessary.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.