Community Benefits

  • Free membership in the Student Development Working Group, which includes access to travel grants, leadership opportunities and more
  • Access to members-only Working Groups (small additional annual fee) on a wide range of topics, including climate change and its impact on wildlife, wildlife diseases, and many more
  • A network of over 140 Student Chapters across North America and the world
  • TWS Network Online Directory – increase your network of connections and search for peers and mentors by location, area of focus and expertise, and more
  • The Student Chapter of the Year Award, which encourages and recognizes exceptional achievement by TWS Student Chapters

Educational Benefits

  • The Leadership Institute, an annual course established in 2006 to provide a select group of 10-15 promising TWS members with leadership training
  • Ability to apply for Associate Wildlife Biologist® (AWB) Certification, which constitutes recognition by TWS that, to its best knowledge, a member meets the minimum educational, experience, and ethical standards adopted by the Society for professional wildlife biologists
  • The Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship, an award presented annually to a graduate student researching any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management

Credit: Eddie Yago


And More

  • A special, student version of the eWildlifer e-newsletter
  • Access to student travel grants to attend TWS’ Annual Conference and local organization unit meetings
  • Student Research in Progress (SRIP) posters – present your research to hundreds of wildlife professionals at the Annual Conference
  • Quiz Bowl, a fast-paced wildlife knowledge competition between TWS student chapters which takes place during TWS’ Annual Conference
  • TWS Jobs/Internships Board – upload your resume for free and sign up to receive emails about job opportunities
  • TWS internship (one position available per year)

Become a Member Today

Begin to learn, network, and engage! Please contact with any questions.