FWS ESP Program


  Welcome to the FWS
Experienced Services Program (ESP)

Welcome to the official website for NEW Solutions’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Experienced Services Program (ESP). This partnership between NEW Solutions and FWS places experienced workers (age 55+) into temporary, project-based positions supporting conservation and environmental protection efforts throughout the country.

The Fish and Wildlife ESP was authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019: Public Law 116-6Division E, Section 113)the Department of the Interior (DOI). Program activities will be carried out under various authorities, including the:  

  • Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) 
  • Fish and Wildlife Act (16 U.S.C. 742 et seq.)
  • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661-666e)
  • Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act (16 U.S.C. 753)
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.)

The Experienced Services Program addresses the issue of attrition and loss of institutional knowledge as federal workers retire and provides opportunities for newer, less experienced civil servants to learn from more experienced workers. ESP positions are generally part-time and supply professional, technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Fish and Wildlife Service.