Careers in Ecology & Management

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Grassland Ecologist

A grassland ecologist might work for a non-profit or government entity. Public lands, including our nation’s parks and forests, must be actively managed. Some rangeland ecologists, however, are also focused on the economic benefits associated with proper land management and solving issues such as urban sprawl & water usage.

Wildlife Habitat Manager

Wildlife managers might work for state and federal governments to handle public land supervising hunting on the land, keeping track of the animal populations housed on these lands, and ensuring habitats are suitable for the wildlife population. Some wildlife managers collect data and prepare research to aid in decisions about how to manage wildlife.

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Environmental Consultant

Environmental engineering consultants use their expertise to advise corporations, organizations and government entities to identify and evaluate problems. Additionally, these professionals may be experts in implementing environmental programs or ensuring compliance with government regulations.

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Restoration Ecologist

Restoration ecologists enact environmental rehabilitation projects, and help educate the public. The specific area that you focus on (soil, water, air quality, etc.) determines which kind of projects you’re involved in, but whatever your area of concentration, you engage in various different activities to accomplish your goals.

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Invasive Species Biologist

Invasive Species Biologists monitor the impacts of existing invasive populations, organize efforts to impede the spread of invasives, and educate communities about their essential role in invasive species management. Prevention and outreach are key activities to assist in addressing harmful, non-native species that threaten the ecology and food chains of an area.

Public or Private Land Manager

A land management specialist will often be responsible for management and upkeep of a number of preserves or conservation areas. Part of their role will be that of land steward or forester and they will be required to maintain trails, paths and clearings using common tools of the trade (such as power saws, chainsaws, lawnmowers and chopping tools such as pruners and hand saws).

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Research Technician

Research technicians might work in the field or in a research lab evaluating data. If you are in the field, you get hands-on experience collecting data, asking theoretical and practical questions to investigate issues associated with applying ecological knowledge.

Environmental Educator

Environmental education aims to educate the public about nature and environmental issues. While it's usually geared toward primary school or high school students, some environmental educators work with members of the public to raise awareness of environmental issues, and let people know what they can do to live sustainability.

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