Becoming a Wildlife Professional

Becoming a Wildlife Professional PDF

By Scott E. Henke , Paul R. Krausman

Becoming a Wildlife Professional PDF is an essential guide for anyone planning a career in wildlife management and conservation.

Working with wildlife can be a thrilling adventure steeped in the wonders of the natural world, but entering the field demands a strong personal commitment. With proper training and guidance, students can transform themselves into competitive applicants and forge successful careers. This book reveals the best way to become a wildlife management professional.

Becoming a Wildlife Professional PDF is the first comprehensive book to describe the entry-level jobs available for the next generation of wildlife biologists and conservationists. Scott E. Henke and Paul R. Krausman include detailed chapters on how students should prepare for a vocation in the wildlife profession while offering pragmatic advice about applying for and obtaining a job. The core of the book presents more than 100 diverse career options that are available to aspiring wildlife workers, including work in biological field research, forestry, rehabilitation, ranching, photography, and refuge management. It also details each position’s educational and technical requirements, challenges, salaries, and opportunities for advancement.

Bringing together useful advice from a range of seasoned experts who actually hold these jobs and have used these techniques to secure employment, Becoming a Wildlife Professional conveys important philosophical messages about the responsibilities and challenges of a career in wildlife conservation and management. This how-to manual is an essential text for wildlife science students interested in making themselves marketable for employers across a wide spectrum of wildlife jobs.

Chapter Author Contributors: Rick Baydack, Jessica L. Blickley, Monika Burchette, Shawn Cleveland, Kristy Deiner, Kelly Garbach, Ashley R. Gramza, Jim Heffelfinger, Scott E. Henke, Fidel Hernández, Serra J. Hoagland, Jessica A. Homyack, Winifred B. Kessler, Holley Kline, Lianne Koczur, Michel T. Kohl, John L. Koprowski, Blaise Korzekwa, Paul R. Krausman, Iara Lacher, Mariah H. Meek, Kelly F. Millenbah, Karen E. Munroe, Kerry L. Nicholson, John P. O’Loughlin, Lindsey Phillips, Lauren M. Porensky, William F. Porter, Terra Rentz, Nova J. Silvy, Kelley M. Stewart, Marit L. Wilkerson, Eric Winford. An additional 52 wildlife professionals describe the work of the profession. Published in association with The Wildlife Society.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Why choose a career in the wildlife profession?

Wildlife undergraduate education and the university curriculum

Advice for a student entering the wildlife profession: a professor’s perspective

Skills for nonacademic wildlife and conservation careers

Wildlife careers: from A to Z

Professional societies: the inside track to career success

The resume: an important tool in your career kit

The professional interview: preparing for success

Being a professional and acting professionally

Graduate school: a professor’s perspective

Graduate school: a student’s perspective

Professional diversity: the key to conserving wildlife diversity

Appendix A. Common and scientific names of fauna and flora mentioned in the text

Appendix B. List of websites mentioned within chapters

Index.

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