Welcome to the most wonderful
agency in government. As Deputy Director of the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, I witness what a diversified
team can accomplish every day. From our successes in the wake
of the recent Gulf oil spill to meeting today’s conservation
challenges head-on, our strength is in the
diversity of our people. And meeting these challenges is becoming more
and more critical. We as conservation
professionals are starting to realize
that environmental change is reshaping our world. For instance, sea level rise
in our coastal areas threatens wildlife
and local livelihoods. Environmental change
affects the habitat where our cherished fish
and wildlife live. When habitat is diverse, with all its important
parts in place, it’s stronger and better able
to weather adversity. But when a few vital links in
the habitat chain disappear, the system starts to collapse. Environmental change
is accelerating, and given these changes, it’s more important than ever
that our workforce has the widest possible array of talents, ideas
and perspectives. The Service is our nation’s
premier conservation agency, entrusted with protecting,
restoring and enhancing America’s wild places
and wild creatures. Now we must strive to become
the nation’s premier employer, one that better reflects the
mosaic of people that we serve. Just as diverse habitats
make for healthy landscapes, a diverse workforce can
be more resilient, adaptable and effective. This results in
greater creativity, innovative approaches, and a fresh way
of looking at things. These are the assets the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sorely needs. As we tackle the defining
conservation issues of our time, we’re building a workforce
responsible for protecting fish, wildlife
and their habitats not just five years from now,
but a hundred years from now. We want you to be
part of our team. Please join us here at the
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as we steward the
wildlife of America for generations to come.