What jobs can I apply for with a degree in conservation biology?
I previously wanted a degree in wildlife biology, but after I further explored my interests I became more intrigued with the conservation aspects of biology rather than the scientific aspect. It's also come to my attention that Conservation Biology is a fairly knew major, and I was wondering what jobs accepted that degree.
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I would say follow your interests and strengths, but do not shy away from subjects that may feel less appealing, and give yourself as much exposure as you can to the environmental science field. As for the newness of the degree in conservation biology, it may be a new degree for your school, but it is not a new subject to the field and has been practiced for a very long time. Its wonderful that institutions like yours are now merging degrees and courses to better align with the potential positions students may find after university, but it is not a guarantee you'll receive a "Conservation biologist" position.
Basically, as long as you stick to a Bachelor of Science in the Environmental Science field (which conservation and/or wildlife biology fall under) it's the FIRST STEP for setting yourself up for success post university in the Environmental Science world. Here are the other potential steps if you're interested:
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As already mentioned, conservation is a huge broad field with lots of avenues that would depend on your interest. There is a sociology aspect, policy is huge, and of course application which is what I do- restoration ecology. I like being hands on and in the field surrounded by the nature we want to conserve. I would suggest sampling multiple avenues anyway you can: internships, volunteering, Americorps can be great & we give all our Americorps members broad experience even in parts they didn't 'sign up for'. Knowing what you definitely DON'T want to do is also very valuable. :) Try mixing things you are interested in outside conservation as well. You never know what can go together- like art & science = biological drawings. See what peaks your interest. There's a place for all sorts of interests & skills in conservation. Its huge. And so important. Good luck exploring.
The positions for which you might make application are those that are most closely aligned with your personality traits. Learning about those traits and making networking connections with those people working in positions that look interesting to you will allow you to find an answer to this question.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
I'm glad to hear that you are interested in conservation biology. There are numerous opportunities for someone with a degree in conservation biology. These include working for governmental organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as a researcher in an academic institution, or for a non-profit agency (e.g. The Nature Conservancy). You may want to consider completing an internship while you are working towards you degree. If your university's Biology Dept. doesn't provide direct assistance, you may try researching an organization where you would like to work (e.g. an aquarium or zoo in your area), and contact them directly. You may also look into jobs with the World Health Organization if you are interested in working overseas. Whatever you choose, good luck!