Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers Toolkit

Choose your outdoor career path! Get started by asking yourself some very basic questions. Even though you might not be able to answer all of them, it is a good first step to narrow down what you really want to do. Ready? Let’s go!

by Transforming Youth Outdoors (TYO), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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TYO curates, organizes, and maintains an ever-growing collection of resources helping others deliver best-in-class outdoor youth programming.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the oldest federal conservation agency, tracing its lineage back to 1871, and the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is management of fish and wildlife for the American public. The Service helps ensure a healthy environment for people by providing opportunities for Americans to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage.

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