The fisheries and wildlife career path is a lot about who you know and getting experience quickly. There are a number of ways to make sure this happens, I'll list them in no particular order. One thing to keep in mind is that volunteering and interning are often the best way to get experience and begin networking. Your ability to get a job in fisheries is often only limited to how imaginative you can be in achieving this. Get out there, and do it!
Taylor recommends the following next steps:
- If you have a local (state or federal) Fish and Wildlife agency office, subscribe to their job board. Oftentimes agencies will recruit interns/aids from schools during the summer to supplement their own staff during peak fieldwork season.
- Contact any local University or College professors which are doing work in fisheries/wildlife or conservation. Sometimes these professors may be looking for extra help to support their research.
- Organizations like AmeriCorps' Student Conservation Association is a great way to find initial opportunities for volunteer and intern work over the summers.
- If you're interested in going to college start researching schools and professors you'd like to work with as soon as you can. Read their lab pages and make sure the type of work they do is something you'd like to do. Get involved as an undergrad, and make connections to those professors who's work and research you admire.
- If you are less inclined towards college, you will need to focus on internships and AmeriCorps opportunities. But college is often a MUCH better way to get into the field in my opinion.