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

  • PDF iconMaster 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
  • USAJOBS
    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.

Additional Resources