The Wildlife Society (TWS) Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize TWS members who have made a long-term commitment to the Society based on membership longevity and TWS service.

The award was originally envisioned to be a late career recognition award that recognizes individuals who have worked throughout their careers in a variety of ways to further the mission of the Society but have not been previously recognized with other TWS awards. The nominee should be someone who is/was “always there” and could be counted on to serve the Chapter, Section or the Society.

Recipients are selected by the Sections and only one Distinguished Service Award will be awarded per Section per year. Since recipients are selected by the Sections, the Distinguished Service Award provides an opportunity to recognize dedicated individuals who have provided exceptional service primarily to Chapters and/or Sections by emphasizing a person’s contributions to TWS at other than the Society level.

The recipient will be presented with an award lapel pin and certificate at TWS’ Annual Conference.


Nominees must have been a member of The Wildlife Society (main, international organization) for at least 20 years. If membership is not continuous, evidence of membership longevity must be provided. The intent is to recognize candidates while they are still active TWS members.

Nominees must have served TWS in such a way that furthers the goals of TWS. Examples of service are Chapter, Section, or the Society Board member or Officer; served in a significant manner to keep a Chapter active or to reactivate a Chapter; consistent attendance at Chapter meetings; dependable member to support Chapter, Section and/or international activities such as review of EIS reports, position statements, etc.; Chapter, Section or the Society committee chairperson or member; assist or organize Chapter, Section, or international conferences or special meetings, programs, training seminars, etc.; editor, associate editor, author or coauthor of TWS publications; as appropriate, testify at hearings, etc. Basically, a collective commitment to TWS goals and activities. The relative weighting of these activities may vary by Section and further information may be obtained from the executive committee of the nominee’s Section.

Members who have previously been recognized as TWS Fellows are not eligible for the Distinguished Service Award.


Any TWS member or members of Chapters or Sections may submit nominations or self-nominations.

Nominations should include:

  • Name, address, phone numbers, e-mail address and affiliation of nominee
  • A maximum one-page nomination statement that clearly outlines the nominee’s long-term contributions to TWS
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • Signed statements of endorsement from three supporters

Nominations must be submitted via email to the executive committee of the nominee’s section as a single PDF file by April 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

The deadline for Sections to forward their selected recipient to awards@wildlife.org is May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.