TWS Policy

The Wildlife Society’s policy staff implements the mission of TWS, working to ensure policies:

  1. EMPOWER wildlife professionals by incorporating wildlife science, continue the public trust management of wildlife, and grant them the ability to regulate the use of wildlife resources
  2. ENABLE wildlife professionals by supporting sufficient funding for wildlife conservation and providing them with the tools and resources that enhance their ability to conduct their work
  3. ASSIST wildlife professionals by helping them achieve science-based management and conservation of wildlife populations and habitats.

The Wildlife Society covers a broad range of policy engagement principles related to wildlife research, management, and conservation. Staff advances those principles 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 Wildlife Society also supports TWS Sections and Chapters with policy engagement in local or regional issues through the Conservation Affairs Network and its Policy Toolkit.

The Wildlife Society actively participates 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.

Joe Burns Memorial Policy Internship Program – Fall 2023

The Wildlife Society’s policy program has an opening for a paid remote intern with an interest in federal natural resource policy issues. The selected individual will learn how to work cooperatively with TWS members, fellow professional societies, and conservation organizations to push for national-level policies of importance to the profession.

More information on the internship and how to apply can be found in the position announcement. Applications are due by the end of the day on Monday, May 29. Any questions on the Joe Burns Memorial Wildlife Policy Internship can be directed to Caroline Murphy, AWB®, government relations manager at TWS (

The program is named in honor of one of The Wildlife Society’s first policy interns, Joe Burns. Joe devoted his career to federal service, and spent over 20 years working on behalf of conservation programming within the US Forest Service. Joe was an extremely active proponent of TWS’ policy program, and was selfless in his mentorship of new professionals looking to engage in the profession.