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What college clubs would benefit a wildlife biology career?

I will be transferring to a four-year school this month and hope to participate in clubs. There is a bee keeper club, herpetology, and organic farming, that I know of so far. While not being sure what activities are done in each, what should I look for if I wanted something that would look beneficial on a resume? Thank you!

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B. Fionnuala’s Answer

You would want to take classes in sciences such as Biology, Zoology, Botany/Plant Science, Ecology, Statistics etc. and/or join any related clubs

Beyond specific science related clubs, hobby and interest clubs that show you are suited to the rigors of a career in Wildlife Biology would be those related to outdoor pursuits such as hiking, mountaineering, orienteering, canoeing etc. Also, consider volunteering with local branches of organizations such as the Audubon Society or the Trustees of Reservations on trail maintenance and other physical work.

Check out citizen science volunteer opportunities such as those on this site

https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Understanding-Conservation/Citizen-Science

Take a look at the Wildlife Society site

https://wildlife.org/

Consider getting certified in wilderness first aid. Seek opportunities to volunteer with any local wildlife refuge groups. Any or all of this will help you find out if you are suited to this career and also indicate to an employer or educational institution that you have a strong interest and aptitude for the career.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Patricia: The types of clubs will depend on the college or university offering wildlife biology in their degree programs; and if those type of clubs are even available. Many Zoology and Wildlife Biology students gain practical experience through internships, volunteer work, or some other type of employment during college or soon after graduation. Here's some information you may find helpful on How to Become a Certified Wildlife Biologist

*Source: https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Certified_Wildlife_Biologist.html

*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/zoologists-and-wildlife-biologists.htm#tab-4

Good Luck to You!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Research study.com - How to Become a Certified Wildlife Biologist https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Certified_Wildlife_Biologist.html
Research US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Zoology & Wildlife Biologist https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/zoologists-and-wildlife-biologists.htm#tab-4
Don't forget to bookmark all the links I've provided and any other ones you find in your research
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