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Postby goosemob » Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:41 am

Is anybody out there going into forrestry or that has already been through the program? if so I was wondering about jobs and what all they do. I am looking at that major and was wondering how well everyone liked it. I was also curious on what degree you would have to get to work in state parks that dealt with many waterfowl species, thats the kind of job i would like to find. So if you guys have any ideas on what major would work best for that specification of job please let me know thanks
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Postby Remman » Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:09 pm

Get into the wildlife program, you can get a associate degree (2years) Most wildlife rangers have at least that. I would get a bachelor in wildlife management, that way you will have more options for job placement, and you will make more money!
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Postby goosemob » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:30 am

Thanks man do you know if that would be more related towards forrestry or towards a zoology programs or is the major just called wildlife management?
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Postby Remman » Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:13 pm

Look up wildlife management on the internet ! You should be able to find some ideas. A forestry degree down here in GA you would be cruising timber , marking timber, selling timber, and timber management. Hope this helps!
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Postby Fishhead Dave » Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:15 pm

http://www.wildlife.org/career_brochure.pdf

Here's a brochure The Wildlife Society put out for people interested in a career working with wildlife. As others have said, based on your interests, you're best bet would be a wildlife program.

I also should give you fair warning- the wildlife field is very competitive and the salaries aren't all that great. Even so, its a very rewarding line of work.

If you're serious about this as a career, you should try and get out in the field with biologists in your area (perhaps even an internship?). This will allow you to see what the work is like and will also give you field experience. Field experience is a huge asset when you go to find a job.

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Postby Gator Jack » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:32 am

Ditto for above. I work for a satellite campus of the U. of Florida that offers a Natural Resources Conservation B.S. degree. The students in our program are required to do an internship in an area that they are interested in, they also do "directed studies" for credit. When asked, they'll tell you that the independant studies and experience gained is one of the most valuable assets of our program. Some of our students have gone on to be State/County Foresters, Procurement Foresters for timber companies, Soil Conservationists for the NRCS, and Environmental Programs Specialists for municipalities just to name a few. So whether you choose Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation, or Wildlife Management you should be able to specialize before you finish your degree. I hope this helped some, and good luck!
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