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You can join online or you can fill in the Membership Application form and send it with payment to:

The Wildlife Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Fax: (301) 530-2471.

If you have any questions, please call (301) 897-9770 or email membership@wildlife.org.
 

Membership Benefits

Expert Networks

TWS members include wildlife managers, researchers, conservation practitioners, policy makers, academics, and students. Our members gather in TWS sections and chapters at the regional and state or provincial levels, in TWS student chapters, and also in TWS working groups that investigate major problems in wildlife management and conservation. Follow TWS on Facebook and Twitter. Be a member of our TWS LinkedIn group.

Government Affairs

TWS’ Government Affairs Program influences wildlife management practices and conservation policy by developing technical analyses of emerging issues, crafting scientifically-grounded position statements, and advocating for responsible actions by government agencies, public institutions, and private landowners.

Certification and Professional Development

TWS offers a tiered Certification Program that provides recognition for the qualifications and expertise of wildlife managers as they advance through their careers. Wildlife Biologists certified by TWS are widely-known as highly educated, experienced and dedicated stewards of wildlife resources. 

Meetings and Conferences

TWS Annual Conference brings together diverse professionals to explore, learn, and debate cutting-edge research, management practices, and policy issues, and to receive hands-on training in new management techniques. Our regional and local networks also hold meetings year-round across North America.

TWS Publications

Free to All Members:
  • The Wildlife Professional is a an award-winning quarterly magazine of news and analysis designed to keep today’s wildlife professionals informed about critical advances in wildlife science, conservation, management, and policy. It is available in print and online. See a sample issue.
  • The Wildlifer, a monthly membership e-newsletter, provides information on TWS section, chapter, and working group activities, professional meetings, wildlife policy notes, news of TWS members, and updates on TWS membership programs and benefits.
  • Wildlife Policy News, published monthly, is an electronic newsletter that tracks major wildlife policy issues, including federal legislation affecting natural resource management.
  • Legacy Publications — all issues prior to 2004 of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, Wildlife Monographs, and The Journal of Wildlife Management — are available through the Membership Center.  Log in using your membership username and password, then click “My Publications.”
  • The Wildlife Society Weekly News Roundup is an e-newsletter that delivers the top science and wildlife-related news stories of the week. 
Available by Subscription:
  • The Journal of Wildlife Management (JWM), published since 1937, is one of the world’s leading scientific journals covering wildlife science, management, and conservation. JWM is published eight times a year in print and online. Current and all past issues are available electronically to subscribers. 
  • Wildlife Monographs are single topic, peer-reviewed studies on specific problems and issues in wildlife science, management, and conservation. The series, published since 1958, is available in print and electronic formats and is included with a subscription to JWM.
  • The Wildlife Society Bulletin (WSB), a peer-reviewed, scientific publication containing papers related to wildlife management, conservation law enforcement, conservation education, economics, administration, philosophy, ethics, and contemporary resource problems. WSB re-launched as a web-only publication in 2011.

Other Membership Benefits

  • Job resources through the Careers Center.
  • 25% discount on Wiley scientific books and on Johns Hopkins University Press books. To access coupons and instructions, visit the Membership Center and log in using your membership username and password, then click “My Publications.”
  • Savings on auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual. Mention client #117818.
  • Discounts on conferences and scientific publications/journals and books.
  • Access to funding for research through our wildlife grants database.
  • Opportunities to kick-start your career through internships, assistantships, and temporary jobs.
  • Access to TWS membership directory of colleagues and experts in the profession
  • A list of wildlife-related online courses to help you continue your education.

Membership Categories and Dues 

Note: In the categories listed below, print copies and online access to The Wildlife Professional magazine are available to all residents of North America. Members who reside outside of North America receive online access only.

Regular Member
Available to any wildlife professional or person interested in wildlife conservation and management. Regular members receive four issues of The Wildlife Professional, 12 issues of The Wildlifer, and 12 issues of Wildlife Policy News. Dues: $81
 
New Professional Members
Available to any graduate of a full-time college level wildlife or directly related curricula and with less than three years employment in the wildlife profession. New Professional members receive four issues of The Wildlife Professional, 12 issues of The Wildlifer, and 12 issues of Wildlife Policy News. Dues: $51
 
Student Member
Available to any full or part-time college student pursuing a career in wildlife conservation and management. Student membership may not exceed seven years. Student members receive four issues of The Wildlife Professional, 12 issues of The Wildlifer, and 12 issues of Wildlife Policy News. Dues: $41
 
Retired Member
Available to anyone who is retired from full-time employment and who has been a TWS member for 25 or more years. Retired members receive four issues of The Wildlife Professional, 12 issues of The Wildlifer, and 12 issues of Wildlife Policy News. Dues: $41
 
Family Member
Available to any two wildlife professionals residing at the same address. Family members receive a single copy of each of the four issues of The Wildlife Professional, 12 issues of The Wildlifer, and 12 issues of Wildlife Policy News. Dues: $125
 
Available to any government agency or institution with an interest in supporting the programs of The Wildlife Society. Typically, these are agencies that employ wildlife professionals and are involved in wildlife conservation and management as part of their agency mission. Dues: $1,800