Florida Refuge Liaison
Jon Andrew began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Dakota as a biological technician at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. Following temporary jobs conducting winter surveys of deer habitat in Maine and assisting the Fish and Wildlife Service National Planning Coordinator in Washington DC, Jon accepted a position with the U.S. Army, Fish and Wildlife Branch at Fort Sill Oklahoma helping with wildlife surveys, prescribed burning and law enforcement. Following this – Jon moved to Alaska and served as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working on refuge land acquisition planning and land exchanges. With some regrets, he left Alaska for South Texas as a Refuge Manager at Lower Rio Grande Valley and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. This was followed by a brief stint at Balcones Canyonlands NWR in Austin Texas-completing the planning and public involvement which resulted in the establishment of the refuge. Following this assignment, Jon served as the Refuge Manager for the four refuges located in the Florida Keys-implementing a refuge-wide ban of jet ski use. This was followed by assignments in Atlanta Georgia working on Ecological Services projects throughout the southeast and assisting then Geographic Assistant Regional Director Geoff Haskett on all FWS programs in Florida and the Caribbean. Jon then moved on to Washington DC and served as a Branch Chief in the Refuge program focusing on policy and planning. Later as Chief of the Office of Migratory Bird Management Jon managed FWS programs aimed at the conservation of migratory birds and the annual setting of migratory bird hunting regulations. Jon was then selected as the Regional Chief of Refuges for the Southeast Region serving in this capacity for eight years until again moving to Washington DC representing the Department of the Interior as liaison to the Department of Homeland Security – with the objective of managing impacts of increased border security on Department of the Interior lands. After 36 years of public service, Jon retired to Sarasota Florida where he fishes and watches birds with his wife Sue.
Jon traces his ancestry back to the early 1700s in New England and though living in Florida still claims a strong connection to all the New England states and especially to the Boston Red Sox-who finally broke the curse in 2004 and then broke it again in 2007 and 2013. Along with following the Sox, Jon loves shallow water fishing with his skiff and fly rod, watching birds, reading as much as possible, and traveling with his wife Sue to any place they have not been.
Jon looks forward to continuing his lifelong commitment to National Wildlife Refuges which began so many years ago canoeing the waters of Great Meadows NWR in Massachusetts.