Want a job in Wildlife Conservation? Read This.

Here are some tips and tricks that I have used to get a job in the field of wildlife conservation. Perhaps it can help you find your dream job! First of all, it’s important to know that experience and education are necessary. While you are in school, study hard and get good grades. Spend your free time gathering experiences, absorbing information you are passionate about, volunteering at places you like visit, and traveling as much as possible. Volunteering or working low paying jobs may be what you need to do in order to have the qualifications needed to move forward in your career. To secure your dream job, it is important that you are educated, well-rounded, open minded, and most important is that you are passionate and enthusiastic about wildlife and conservation.

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Now that you have those things in mind, now you have to apply for a job! Below is a list of jobs and internships in the field of biology and hopefully they can be of use to you.

Conservation Biology: http://www.conbio.org/jobs

This is my favorite site, which landed me a job studying frogs in the Panamanian rainforest. A quick note about this job, and how I got it: I had traveled to Belize in 2008, came home, realized how much I love Central America, and then two weeks later I found this job working in Panama, applied, and went. It was completely volunteer, but it was the most meaningful and influential experience of my life. This opportunity was possible because I found a graduate student that was looking for interns to work on her project. Find others like this! You will learn so much! Not to mention this position was at a Tropical Smithsonian Research Institute, so I was able to network and meet many biologists and scientists from around the world. So, if you are willing to work cheap or for free, this can be a great way to get experience and contacts.

Other sites of interest:

http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/career-search/

https://listserv.umd.edu/archives/ecolog-l.html

http://evol.mcmaster.ca/cgi-bin/my_wrap/brian/evoldir/Jobs/

http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/education-careers.php

Archbold Biological Station internship program:

http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/internship/internship.html

Primate Research and Conservation Jobs and Interns http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/jobs

Wildlife Conservation Network http://wildnet.org/

Lastly, networking is truly key. Most of my connections have led me somewhere. Always be positive, smile, and laugh. It will take you places. Good luck!

 

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