If you are thinking of becoming a wildlife biologist, you already know that you need to get a solid education and some great experience. Unfortunately, most aspiring wildlife biologists make the mistake of ONLY focusing on their degree requirements (or thinking wildlife biology is a linear path).
But if you don’t know what type of job you want and where you want to work, you’ll miss out on key skills and experiences that you need to get the job of your dreams. That’s exactly what happened to me. But you don’t have to make the same mistake I did.
That’s why I created this spreadsheet that will allow you to study the job boards, stay organized, and deconstruct the education, skills, and experiences needed to get you the job you want without wasting your time or money. It’s called the Wildlife Job Tracker, and it’s free.
I had no idea upon graduation that wildlife biology jobs were so competitive! So much of the information is outdated and no longer applies. Don’t get your advice from people who got their job 10, 20, 30+ years ago when things were A LOT less competitive. Study the job boards now.
Stephanie Manka, Ph.D. is a wildlife biologist with 20 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her story to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology.