There are more than a few options available to individuals interested in a career in wildlife and forestry conservation, and several educational tracks to consider as well. Forest and conservation workers perform routine planting, seeding, tree trimming, and data-collecting tasks under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians. They may also help to prevent or suppress forest fires. Forest and conservation technicians help to preserve the natural environment by measuring the size, content (including tree populations), and quality of forests and other land areas. Conservation scientists and foresters manage and plan ways to improve the quality of forests, parks, and other natural environments. They also oversee the work of forestry and conversation technicians and workers.
Forest and conservation workers need high school diploma or its equivalent and receive on-the-job training. Forest and conservation technicians typically hold a certificate or associate of science degree in forestry or a related field. Employers will look for a degree accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Conservation scientists and foresters need a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field.
Wildlife conservation and management degree programs focus on the study of animals in their natural habitats and provide students with the skills they need for a career as an entry-level biologist. Wildlife biologists are employed by government agencies and private firms dedicated to maintaining and conserving wildlife and wildlife resources. Entry-level positions in wildlife conservation will require a bachelor’s degree.