Wildlife Biologist

A wildlife biologist studies and oversees the protection and management of an assigned population of one or several species of animals and/or plants. Some wildlife biologists can specialize their work on aquatic animals and be a fisheries biologist. One of the main responsibilities of wildlife biologists is conducting research and inventory investigations and ensuring that accurate, current and reliable statistical data is available for assessing the status of a geological location’s wildlife populations.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Design and implement wildlife data collection programs
  • Monitor wildlife movement and activities to record trends and changes
  • Plan and design research projects to study the ecology of the wildlife assigned
  • Prepare management plans for wildlife programs in an assigned region
  • Collect data through ground surveys, aerial surveys, animal capture, handling and radio-telemetry work to understand behavioral patterns, population, habitat usage and breeding patterns
  • Assess and improve wildlife habitats in respect to the geological area
  • Produce quality successional wildlife habitat for species to adapt to over time
  • Manage predator and invasive plant control and arrange removal when appropriate or when the wildlife habitat is at risk
  • Review environmental assessment reports and impact statements affecting area wildlife populations
  • Analyze wildlife population data
  • Provide public hunting access when appropriate and permitted for select species
  • Provide advice to local, private landowners experiencing crop or livestock issues associated with wildlife
  • Develop funding and grant proposals for habitat acquisition, enhancement and management
  • Prepare budgets for research projects and maintain proper record keeping of expenses
  • Assist with range and park management when appropriate
  • Perform outreach and educational activities for the public
  • Maintain accurate and updated records
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of species, environmental factors and habitats within the geographical area you are working

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • natural resources
  • environmental science
  • biology
  • animal science
  • plant science
  • computer skills
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resources, wildlife management, wildlife sciences or a related area is required.

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