Studies the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management, including the collection and analysis of biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water areas.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Studies animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals, interpreting findings and recommending alternative operating conditions for industry.
- Inventories or estimates plant and wildlife populations.
- Organizes and conducts experimental studies with live animals in controlled or natural surroundings.
- Makes recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitat, consulting with stakeholders and the public at large to explore options.
- 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 characteristics of animals, such as origin, interrelationships, classification, life histories and diseases, development, genetics, and distribution.
- Informs and responds to public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.
- Oversees the care and distribution of zoo animals, working with curators and zoo directors to determine the best way to contain animals, maintain their habitats and manage facilities.
- Coordinates preventive programs to control the outbreak of wildlife diseases.
- Analyzes characteristics of animals to identify and classify them.
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