The study of Fisheries and Wildlife Science as a college major is best suited for people who have an active interest in the outdoors and life sciences. There is much talk of saving the planet or buzzwords like “increasing biodiversity” and this major is at the heart of it. F&WS majors learn the dynamic relationships between animal populations and their environment so they can manage natural resources sustainably. Being a scientific discipline, expect many science and math courses!

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This work involves walking several miles in rugged terrain and along stream banks; standing and working in cold water four to five hours at a time; working in extreme weather conditions; lifting and carrying equipment weighing up to 60 pounds with occasional lifting and carrying up to 100 pounds for short distances. Frequent travel is required.

Principal Accountabilities

Typical responsibilities: evaluates and prepares management plans and land-acquisition priorities for fisheries programs in an assigned region; evaluates impact of natural or man-caused catastrophic events on fish populations and habitats and provides alternatives to avoid or mitigate negative effects; reviews and comments on environmental impact statements and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permits for licensing various stages of hydropower development; develops and implements data collection; plans and conducts spawning ground surveys; interprets life-history data of various fish species; evaluates research results to plan fisheries management activities; recommends fishing seasons and regulations; develops multi-year species plan; hires and trains staff in collecting and analyzing fish data and samples; directs check-station operations to gather fish harvest data; provides input into program budget and monitors expenditures; prepares management reports; oversees department graduate research projects.

You are responsible for the conservation of the environment and of the fauna and flora of all areas outside national parks. The system of national parks is managed by the National Parks Board. Private game reserves are also becoming increasingly vital forces in conservation in.

The provincial functions include management of conservation areas, enforcement of conservation laws, control of the utilization of natural resources like fisheries, game and wild flower resources, and providing advice to landowners, local authorities and the general public on a variety of conservation matters. Likewise the National Parks Board also offers similar career opportunities. As semi-governmental bodies, they also have a responsibility to incorporate local communities into the decision making process. They even have to promote socio-economic uplift through various programs.

Various work opportunities exist in the different sections of conservation. Each of these sections has different requirements and working conditions:

Wildlife Management 
The management of state and private conservation areas, game ranches and other natural areas such as offshore islands, some State Forests and coastal areas, is an important function of someone trained in conservation and wildlife management. The primary objectives are the conservation and management of natural ecosystems, natural habitats and rare or endangered plant or animal communities. If the protection status of a particular species or group allows it, it also includes developing long-term sustainable use programs within the ecological capabilities of a given area.