If you think you’ve got what it takes to get up close and personal with wildlife, then entry-level jobs in wildlife related fields might just be what you’re looking for. It’s important to understand, however, that the term “entry-level,” as least as it applies to wildlife professions, is somewhat of a misnomer. Most jobs within the field will require relevant degrees, sometimes advanced degrees, and a good deal of experience, even if it’s just internship or experiential learning related experience.
When people think of jobs in wildlife, they often think of zoo workers, and while it is possible to work at a zoo, you should know that the positions available and the required qualifications for those positions vary greatly from one job to the next. If you want to be a wildlife biologist, for example, and to study and work closely with the animals, you’ll likely need a higher level degree. Likewise, zoo veterinarians require extensive training and education. However, you could easily find work straight out of college as a veterinary technician, a general zoo caretaker, or a wildlife technician.
Though they can be difficult to come by, other wildlife entry-level jobs do exist. If you’re interested in helping to create a sustainable environment for wildlife through research and hands-on work, a career as a global conservationist might be right up your alley. Or, if you want to help injured or dislocated animals make a smooth transition back into their native habitats or to have a hand in creating ideal habitats, you might consider a job as a wildlife rehabilitation professional. There are many wildlife jobs available, but it’s important that you have a clear idea of what interests you and where your skills lie before you start applying.