Wildlife Biologist or Wildlife Manager

Want to monitor forests or inventory species and formulate plans for saving endangered species as F-16s and F-22s maneuver overhead? If so, you may want to pursue a career as a wildlife biologist or wildlife manager working on military lands.

wildlife managerWhat Does Working as a Wildlife Biologist or Manager Look Like?

Wildlife biologists and managers study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. When working in military land sustainability, they advise on best practices to preserve wildlife while advancing military goals and conducting operations.

A career in wildlife management typically requires you to:

  • Possess deep knowledge of specifics relating to a particular ecosystem, including habitat, life processes and population vulnerabilities.
  • Collect and analyze biological data to determine the ecological effects of present and potential use of habitat.
  • Assess effects of development and land use on animals.
  • Make recommendations for alternative operations processes to accommodate both military and wildlife.
  • Write reports and papers and present findings to interested parties.

Wildlife managers that work alongside the military integrate the needs of wildlife populations into the requirements of military operations and groundskeeping.

Wildlife Management Salary and Forecast

Those working in wildlife management earn a national median salary of $59,280 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in wildlife biology are growing at a rate of 4.2%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 4.8%.

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What Education is Required to Work in Wildlife Management?

Almost all of these positions require a bachelor’s degree, and many require a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate. The Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability fills a niche requirement specific to working as in wildlife management on military lands.

what education is required to work as a wildlife biologist

Wildlife Management Job Opportunities

Looking for real life examples of wildlife management and military land sustainability in action?

Look no further than this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ecologist on detail to the U.S. Air Force. Wildlife managers like this protect those in harm’s way – in this case, gopher tortoises, St. Andrews Beach mice and Godfrey’s butterworts.

The following are job titles commonly held in this field:

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Conservation Resources Management Biologist
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Management Biologist
  • Habitat Biologist
  • Migratory Game Bird Biologist
  • Zoologist

Explore job opportunities here.

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