A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a Facebook Live entitled, “Are You Too Old for a Career in Wildlife Biology? When I advertised for this event on my social media, I got quite a few comments.
One of them was from senior program manager at the National Parks Conservation Association, Jeffrey Hunter. He responded with “this was me,” meaning he started his career later in life. I knew I had to invite him to talk about his late start in the wildlife field on the podcast.
Many people fear they are too old to start a career in wildlife biology after they started another one, or perhaps just graduated from school and realized their degree was not right for them. By old, I don’t even mean old! People in their late 20s and early 30s are worried that they are too old!
Jeffrey started his career in wildlife when he was 40, after spending 20 years working for Verizon in corporate America. This is a fantastic conversation for anyone who thinks it is too late for them! Jeffrey offers a lot of advice for those entering the field so even if you aren’t a late bloomer, this is still a great episode to listen to.
Specifically I go over:
- How and why Jeffrey Hunter started his career in wildlife at 40 years old
- Did Jeffrey face discrimination as an older applicant?
- How his corporate skills helped get him his first job
- How he got offered the second job he was interviewed for
- Perspective and advice on working for government and nonprofit jobs
- How volunteering with citizen science projects for years helped him land a job
- Career advice for wildlife biologists and related careers
- and MORE!
Resources and Sources Mentioned in: You are NOT Too Old! Interview with Jeffrey Hunter
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.