The Wildlife Society Government Affairs & Partnerships program’s mission is to…

ensure that wildlife professionals, and the knowledge they provide, play an active role in the formation of wildlife management and conservation policies, laws, and regulations, thereby ensuring that these are scientifically-based and practical.

Government Affairs staff work toward this mission by

  1. providing timely, useable, science-based input to policy makers,
  2. ensuring that all members of the wildlife profession are aware of the impact of policy on their work and are knowledgeable of current issues in wildlife policy, and
  3. serving as an unbiased reviewer of wildlife management and conservation policy and strategies.

The TWS Government Affairs & Partnerships program covers a broad range of policy priorities related to wildlife research, management, and conservation. Program staff advance those priorities by communicating with Congress, the Administration, and relevant state, provincial and federal agencies, and preparing and facilitating the development of position statements, technical reviews, fact sheets, policy briefs, policy priority reference lists, and news articles. The Program also supports TWS Sections and Chapters with policy engagement in local or regional issues through the Conservation Affairs Network and its Policy Toolkit.

Government Affairs staff are active participants on several coalitions focused on specific policy issues.  Coalitions unify a diversity of organizations who have a shared goal on specific policy topics.  Staff also develop and manage partnerships with governmental agencies and other non-governmental organizations to strengthen TWS’s voice and provide benefits to our members.

Government Affairs & Partnerships Staff

Wildlife Policy Internship Program

The Government Affairs & Partnerships program employs policy interns that are critical to advancing TWS policy priorities. Interns research policy issues, write policy news articles, participate in coalition meetings, attend Congressional hearings, and work directly with other TWS staff to provide benefits to our members.

Former TWS policy interns have become employed in full time positions with federal agencies, major non-profit conservation organizations, and M.S. and PhD graduate positions in both policy and wildlife resource research and management capacities.

Check back later for the beginning of the application period for the July – December 2017 internship.