Wildlife technicians do whatever it takes to help wildlife biologists and conservation scientists. These scientists make management decisions about wild animals and natural resources. Technicians help them gather data and carry out their plans.
As a wildlife technician, you might track, trap, and tag animals or take surveys of them from a small plane. You might plant native grasses to restore a natural area or extract eggs in a fish hatchery. You might travel on snowshoes, work on a boat, or handle an all-terrain vehicle. Whatever tasks you do, you'll help wildlife professionals make smart decisions that will affect the Earth's future.
Wildlife technicians perform many duties to gather data on animals and to carry out management plans for wildlife and natural areas.
Besides working outdoors, a wildlife technician might enter data into a computer, look at the results, and write reports on the findings.
A nature lover in good physical shape who enjoys working outdoors. You should enjoy the sciences, math, and computers and be comfortable handling animals. You should also be able to work independently and as part of a team.
Although wildlife professionals supervise them, technicians perform much of their work independently.