Have you done any internships or volunteering in those fields? Getting hands on experience will help you make a decision on the pros and cons. When working in natural habitats, you may have long days in harsh conditions, camping, lots of work and small of amounts of data, remote locations, and long hikes. If your natural habitats (or habitat of interest) are urban areas, you may have to learn how to navigate permits, work around other people and schedules that are set for you based on city regulations, and learn how to navigate government regulations. Working in zoos and rehab centers also come with their own set of rules and regulations. The schedules may be more consistent, but you also have ups and downs. There is generally a large public education component. In rehab, not all animals may make it successfully, which can be mentally exhausting. In zoos, you work with the same animals on a regular basis and build relationships with them, learning more about the species which helps contribute to conservation.
Janine recommends the following next steps:
- Intern or volunteer in zoos or rehab facilities and in field research.