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Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife biologists have a strong interest in the natural resources and a love of wildlife. Most wildlife biologists have a four-year college degree in wildlife management; many also have graduate degrees. This job requires hard work, but it is interesting and fun and has lots of variety. Most work is done outdoors.

As a wildlife biologist, you could:

  • work with eagles one day and vultures the next;
  • track radio-collared white-tailed deer fawns using an antenna attached to an airplane or a truck, or one that you’re carrying through the woods;
  • work with a landowner to improve habitat for doves or pheasants;
  • help a farmer protect a corn crop from hungry raccoons;
  • make wildlife presentations to rural and urban landowners, legislators, school groups, and teachers.

Wildlife biologists may work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies such the Pennsylvania Game Commission, or private consulting firms.