FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL MILITARY FISH AND WILDLIFE ASSOCIATION (NMFWA)?
Anyone who works in the field of conservation on Department of Defense (DoD) lands, or is interested in a conservation career with DoD may become a member.
DOES IT COST TO BE BECOME A MEMBER?
There is no cost to becoming a member. It’s free, so join today!
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
It’s easy! Click the button at the top of the page. The Membership Committee will review your application and upon approval you will be added to our member listserv.
WHAT BENEFITS DO I GET FOR BEING MEMBER OF NMFWA?
Membership keeps you connected to other natural resource professionals and informed about NMFWA news and events such as our Annual Workshop and other training opportunities.
WHO IS THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (WMI) AND WHY DO I REGISTER FOR THE NMFWA ANNUAL WORKSHOP THROUGH THE WMI WEBSITE?
WMI is a professional conservation organization that works to improve the professional foundation of wildlife management. We have partnered with WMI to hold our Annual Meeting and Training Workshop in conjunction with their North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. This allows us to bring our membership a better meeting experience by providing more opportunities to network and learn from our counterparts from other federal, state, and local agencies, in addition to NGOs and leading academics. NMFWA members are also able to attend WMI Conference sessions as well.
CAN I ATTEND THE NMFWA ANNUAL MEETING AND TRAINING WORKSHOP IF I’M NOT A MEMBER?
Yes. The Annual Meeting and Training Workshop is open to all, members and non-members, as long as you select the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association from the drop down choice for Registration Type.
CAN I SHOW UP TO ANY OF THE TRAININGS?
Our trainings have a limited number of seats available so pre-registration is required. Tickets will be issued to attend the trainings when you check in at the registration desk. There will be a waitlist in case there are cancellations. Please check with the registration desk to see if there are extra tickets.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
It’s easy, contact any member of our Board of Directors by visiting our website for infor-mation on how you can become more involved. Or, if your are attending the Annual Meeting and Training Workshop in March, feel free to approach any member of the current or past Board of Directors to volunteer; we have opportunities to join one of our Committees and to help with AV and room set-up during our meetings.
WHO CAN BE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
Our board is composed of some of the best conservation professionals in our industry. They range from herpetologists to evolutionary biologists. Together they comprise an amazing team and represent the different Services. We currently have members from Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Navy. We hold elections every year so if you are interested in running for an office, please contact a member of the Board of Directors.
WHAT IS THE NMFWA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM? WHY SHOULD I BECOME A CERTIFIED MILITARY NATURAL RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL?
The goal of NMFWA's certification program is to assist the DoD in meeting its Sikes Act requirement by recognizing trained natural resource professionals. It aims to provide a means by which individuals engaged in Defense Department conservation activities may establish, validate, and obtain recognition of their professional credentials; to guide the DoD, other federal and state agencies, tribes, and the public in defining minimum stand-ards of education and experience for natural resources professionals and to encourage these individuals to meet such standards; and to create and maintain confidence, by the DoD, other federal and state agencies, tribes, and the general public, in the advice and opinions of the Certified Military Natural Resources Professional as educated and experienced professionals who have pledged to act in the best interest of the DoD mission.
WHAT IS THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A CERTIFIED MILITARY NATURAL RESOURCES PROFESSIONAL?
Certification provides a means by which individuals engaged in Defense Department natural resource profession may establish, validate, and obtain recognition for their professional credentials. Certification will also make the Association a more effective voice in natural resources stewardship in support of the military mission on military installations.
WHAT IS THE FAWN?
The Fish and Wildlife News (FAWN) is the official newsletter of NMFWA. You can find the current is-sue and all past issues of the FAWN on our web-site.