Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

About the Major

A Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology major prepares you to research, plan, and implement the management, protection, and enhancement of fisheries and aquatic resources, wildlife resources, and biological diversity. The curriculum provides students with a broad science background emphasizing biological and environmental sciences and other coursework needed for careers in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology as well as other natural resource and environmental fields. Read more about the major. Visit the FWCB website

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Biological Science Technician
  • Conservation Officer
  • Ecological Restoration Specialist
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Educator
  • Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Naturalist
  • Fisheries Regulation Officer 

Possible Jobs with Experience or an Advanced Degree

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Lands Program Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Water Resources Supervisor
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Zoo Biologist

Types of Employers

  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Forestry organizations
  • Land management agencies 
  • Natural resource agencies
  • Parks and nature preserves
  • Universities and colleges
  • Zoos and aquariums

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Your Career Action Plan

In your sophomore or first transer year, you created a unique, 5-item Career Action Plan. How are you doing with it? What's next for you? Review the plan options and get easy access to next steps.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: fisheries, agribusiness, wildlife, conservation, biology, resources, hatchery, fish, educator, environment, aquaculture, zoo, biodiversity 
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Fisheries and Wildlife
  • PDF icon Skills and Experiences Employer Seek are the core competencies employers in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology seek in entry-level professionals (gain these skills in classes, volunteer work, internships and classes).  Articulate these skills in your networking, cover letters and resumes.