#7. 3 Tips for Aspiring Wildlife Biologists Stuck at Home

Summer is a key time for aspiring wildlife biologists. To be successful in this career, you need experience. Most wildlife biologists conduct their field work in the summer when professors don’t have to teach and students don’t have to take courses. Therefore, summer is a key time to gain experience.

But in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced biologists to cancel their field work and stay home. It forced museums, nonprofits, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries to shut down, most of which are still closed. So what are aspiring wildlife biologists supposed to do?

This is exactly what one of my instagram followers asked me:

Is there anything I can do online or virtually to build up my experience?

Yes, I believe there are two things you can do to directly build up your experience and 1 tip that is essential for your career success (#3).

A lot of people think of being outdoors when they think of careers in wildlife biology, but I spend by far and large, most of my time in the office.
What can aspiring wildlife biologists do now to get experience?

In this podcast I go over these three tips:

1. Citizen science: How to find a program and if you should put it on your resume

2. Become a naturalist

3. Learn about the jobs you want right now using my Job Planner

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5 thoughts on “#7. 3 Tips for Aspiring Wildlife Biologists Stuck at Home

  1. This podcast was so useful for me! It gave me a really good understanding of the kinds of things I need to do to build up experience even when I am unable to go out of the house to do so. Thank you for answering my question so well and I will definitely check out the job planner 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you found it helpful. Please let me know if you need any more help.

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