The range of career paths that lead to working with wildlife is about as varied as the actual wildlife all around us. This episode features several different people working with or for wildlife, highlighting a collection of stories from their daily lives. Learn more about how to find a career – or volunteer job! – in this field, including the range of backgrounds and education paths that can lead people to work with wildlife. Even with a diversity of people, organizations and agencies, roles and responsibilities, a number of these professionals work together for a common goal of helping protect wildlife and the environment.
Join us for Untamed Unfiltered to take a deeper look inside each episode with some of the Center's Untamed producers and special guests. In this episode, Amanda and Aaron sit down with our own veterinary intern Dr. Cameron Berg, wildlife rehabilitation intern Ben Cole, and Brie Hashem, director of Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.
Interested in test-driving a career in wildlife medicine? The Wildlife Center has many different training opportunities, including veterinary externships for fourth-year veterinary students, veterinary technician externships, wildlife rehabilitation externships and internships, and training opportunities in outreach and education. There are also a variety of volunteer positions available!
Interested in a more academic approach to wildlife rehabilitation, medicine, and outreach? Check out our online courses at the Wildlife Care Academy!
Whether working in wildlife medicine, rehabilitation, education, and/or conservation, the general advice from experts in this field is to get hands-on experience and get to know the professionals who are working in the areas in which you want to be involved! We have a number of resources compiled for students seeking advice on how to get started. Many of these pieces focus on current and former staff members at the Wildlife Center.
Learn more about the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, including ways to get involved. Learn more about the Conservation Police Officer program, as well as the K9 program, including Officer Sky and her K9 co-workers! Watch these videos to see more of biologist Katie Martin at work, as well as Officer Howald and K9 school.
Learn more about Nick Nichols and his career as a wildlife photographer at National Geographic. Nick's decades-long career is widely known and respected; watch more to learn about Nick and his career.
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