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Terry Rich U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Careers in Ornithology Government Agencies. AOU Student Affairs Committee 8 August 2007 University of Wyoming. Please read the notes attached to each slide. What Types of Jobs are out There?. Land Management. Bureau of Land Management

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Terry Rich

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Careers in Ornithology

Government Agencies

AOU Student Affairs Committee

8 August 2007

University of Wyoming

Please read the notes attached to each slide.

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Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Forest Service

National Park Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – National Wildlife Refuges

Department of Defense

Regulatory

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – T&E, Ecological Services

Research

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Forest Service

Bird Conservation Support

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Migratory Birds

Government Agencies

State – Land Management, Regulatory, Research

Federal

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Land Management Agencies

Time in the field

Data collection

Birds, veg, streams, mammals, herps

Time in the office

Proactive - resource management plans

Commenting on your agency’s plans/actions

Environmental Impact Statements

Data analysis and writing

Many teams and working groups

Publishing not required, may not even be supported

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Regulatory Agencies

Less time in the field

More time in the office

More activity tied to laws and regulations

Reactive – responding to actions of others

Many teams and working groups

Publishing not required, may not even be supported

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Research Agencies

PhD required for top positions

Research topics constrained

Mostly applied

But at the core of conservation biology

Publishing required as in academia

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Bird Conservation Support

USFWS Migratory Birds

Research

Monitoring

Planning and assessment

Involvement with and support many partners

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http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

How Often do Jobs Become Available

In Various Fields?

Highly Dependent on

Economics of nation and state

Political support for conservation

Good News

Baby Boomers are Bailing

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Arizona Game and Fish Department

Wildlife Specialist I

$31,404-$49,561

Wildlife Specialist II

$36,453-$56,964

Missouri Department of Conservation

Wildlife Management Biologist

$34,680-$61,164

Biometrician

$42,132-$68,820

Wildlife Regional Supervisor

$43,824-$77,412

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U.S. Government General Pay Schedule

Highest salaries for PhD research scientists in USGS/USFS OR for managers

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What are Job Interviews Like?

Highly variable – depends on person hiring

Be prepared – likely will be asked questions that have already appeared in job description

Be articulate – answer questions clearly

Be frank – don’t BS

Be and look professional

Have a good vocabulary

Show enthusiasm

Ask pertinent questions about the job – show you did your homework

Don’t give yourself bad press

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What Should you do Now to Increase your Chances of Being Hired in the Future?

Strong quantitative skills for research positions

Strong people skills

Good team player

Everything is done in teams/partnerships

Diverse background in classes and experience

Get diverse field research experience!!

Set yourself apart

Learn Spanish

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Careers

How important is it to you to be able to:

Conduct your own research?

Conduct research?

Publish, present, be involved in the AOU

Work outside?

Live and work in different regions?

Increase your power, influence, and money?

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