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
- 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
Salary and Employment Statistics
Top Career Resources
- Master List of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Career Resources
- State of Minnesota
The official site for the State of Minnesota government careers (including Depts. of Natural Resources and Agriculture, Minnesota Zoological Garden, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Pollution Control Agency)
- Environmental Career Opportunities
Lists environmental job vacancies from all sectors of the job-market specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources jobs and internships nationwide. User ID: spccc/Password: umn
The official job site of the United States government, including internships through the Pathways Program.
- Student Conservation Association
Internships and jobs, many with federal agencies, available in conservation-related areas in all 50 states.
- Conservation Corps
Conservation Corps provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work.
- Study Abroad Information for Fisheries and Wildlife
- Skills and Experiences Employer Seek
Here 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.