Joe McCauley

Regional Representative, Northeast Region

Joe brings more than 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to his position as the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Wildlife Refuge Association. As Regional Representative, Joe will facilitate communication between the Northeast Region, local nonprofits, local communities and the Refuge Association about issues related to Government Affairs and Conservation Programs.

Joe was born in Washington, DC, and grew up just outside the District in Falls Church, Virginia. After spending several years at a private engineering firm in Northern Virginia, he began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1983 at the Cortland, New York, Ecological Services Office. Joe then transitioned to Northeast Region’s Division of Realty working as a wildlife biologist on land acquisition planning where he prepared the first Land Protection Plan in the Northeast Region and expanded the boundary of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge by 11,000 acres.

Joe served for 10 years as the Refuge Manager of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex, comprised of the James River, Plum Tree Island, Presquile, and Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuges. As refuge manager Joe more than doubled the size of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge from 3,600 acres to 8,400 acres and developed a unique wildlife conservation easement template as an alternative to fee and title acquisition resulting in over 1,660 acres permanently protected via conservation easement.

Most recently, Joe was the Regional Chief, Division of Realty, Northeast Region for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he was responsible for overseeing real property acquisition for the Service within the 13 northeastern states. During his five years as Regional Chief, Joe added 18,000 acres to the Refuge System.

When Joe takes a break from enhancing the National Wildlife Refuge System, he enjoys spending time fishing, gardening, and birding.