Hi Sean. I agree with Robert on joining a hunting organization, or fishing, like Trout Unlimited. Also - I see you are in Philadelphia - you might want to contact your local game warden or the PA Outdoor Corps at https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/outdoorcorps/Pages/default.aspx.
Also - immerse yourself in reading books by Aldo Leopold ("Sand County Almanac"), John Muir, and other conservation pioneers. Your work in conservation needs a good foundation in the ethics of conservation as well as the technical aspects.
Mark recommends the following next steps: