Studies the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Makes recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
- Inventories or estimates plant and wildlife populations.
- Disseminates information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations and giving talks for schools, clubs, interest groups and park interpretive programs.
- Studies animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
- Checks for, and ensures compliance with, environmental laws, and notifies law enforcement when violations are identified.
- Informs and responds to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
- Studies characteristics of animals, such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
- Organizes and conducts experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
- Analyzes characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
- Coordinates preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
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