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Biological Sciences

Wildlife, Resource Management, and Conservation Job and Career Information

Students interested in careers in these areas will usually be in the undergraduate degree specialization "Ecology, Evolution, and Environment" (BIOE) or in the graduate program. We recommend that students with these types of careers in mind join the Wildlife and Conservation Biology Club.

Links to Jobs and Internships

Texas A&M Job Board  Listing of jobs available in the areas of Wildlife, Forestry and Fisheries (includes summer and part-time jobs).

Student Conservation Association  Listing of internships (both paid and unpaid) in conservation-related areas.

Society for Conservation Biology Jobs Board  Listing of jobs available in the areas of Conservation, Wildlife, Resource Management, etc.

Society for Ecological Restoration Jobs Board  Listing of jobs available in the areas of Conservation, Wildlife, Resource Management, etc.

The Nature Conservancy Jobs Listings  Listing of jobs available in The Nature Conservancy, a major non-profit agency that is active worldwide.

ECOLOG-listserve  Link to web archive of the ECOLOG e-mail listserve. You will find many job and internship announcements among the postings.

Pathways Program  Link to the Pathways Program that provides internships for students and jobs for recent graduates in Federal government agencies and departments.

Federal Government Wildlife Biologist Requirements  Note that Federal jobs and most State wildlife/resource management jobs require that you have at least 9 hours of botany (plant science) courses. Many of our Ecology, Evolution, and Environment graduates do not take enough plant courses to satisfy this requirement. You can count 2 credit hours from BIOL 151 as a plant course. In addition, you will need two other plant courses, one of which must involve a significant component of plant identification or taxonomy (e.g., BIOL 471 - Plant Systematics). Another good plant course to take is BIOL 321 (Plant Biology).

Obtaining  Certification as a Wildlife Biologist

Biological Sciences majors in the Ecology, Evolution, and Environment concentration (BIOE) who are interested in a career in Wildlife Management, Resource Management, Conservation or a similar field, may be interested in applying to the Wildlife Society for certification as an Associate Wildlife  Biologist. Information on the Wildlife Society's certification program is at the following link: Wildlife Society Certification Program.

See also this presentation by Dr. Essner about wildlife biologist certification and career/job information: Wildlife Biologist Certification and Career Advice.pdf

For more information, contact Dr. Essner or Dr. Minchin. We have worked out a  sample BIOE curriculum that should allow you to qualify for certification in four years.

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