Wildlife technicians support the work of wildlife biologists by tracking, trapping and tagging animals, taking surveys of a natural area, replanting grasses and shrubs to restore a natural habitat and extracting eggs from a nest, among other tasks. Their work is focused on studying and interacting with wildlife and helping to conserve threatened or endangered species. Students wishing to enter the field of wildlife technician management must complete at least an associate or bachelor's degree in wildlife management, wildlife science or a related field. Only a handful of colleges in North Carolina offer such majors.
NC State University
NC State University is well known for its wildlife and animal sciences education programs, and the university runs a wildlife extension office. Undergraduate degree programs at NC State include fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology; environmental technology and management; natural resources-ecosystem assessment; forest management; and natural resources-policy and administration. The fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology degree includes concentration tracks in fisheries science, conservation biology and wildlife science. Students who concentrate on wildlife science learn population analysis and techniques for the management, protection and conservation of wildlife. Students interested in becoming wildlife technicians can choose a field from these majors that is most suitable to their research interests. Each teaches them the fundamentals of animal and plant science and how they can be applied to conservation efforts.
East Carolina University
The National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs includes the master's and doctoral degree programs in the biology department at East Carolina University in its list of recognized degree programs in fisheries and wildlife studies. Master of science degrees are available in biology and molecular biology and biotechnology, and doctoral degrees include coastal resources management and an Interdisciplinary doctoral program in biological sciences. The master's programs typically take two years to complete, and the master of science in biology program prepares graduates for continued study as laboratory technicians or environmental workers. The doctoral programs can take four to eight years to complete and include advanced training in biology, coastal preservation, ecology and environmental sciences.
Haywood Community College
Students at Haywood Community College can earn an associate of applied science degree in fish and wildlife management technology. Accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association, the program combines classroom work with field training. Students are trained in conservation methods, data collection and assisting biological scientists. Haywood Community College claims that it is the only school in the state that offers an associate degree in fish and wildlife management technology.
Southeastern Community College
Students at Southeastern Community College can choose from two degree programs that can lead to careers in wildlife technician management: forest management technology and environmental science technology. Both programs focus on teaching the skills needed to collect data, manage resources and conserve wildlife populations. The former focuses on forest lands exclusively, while the latter broadens its scope to a wide variety of natural habitats, such as forests, wetlands and oceans.
- NC State University: Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources: Undergraduate Degree Programs
- East Carolina University: Department of Biology: Graduate Studies
- Haywood Community College: Fish and Wildlife Management Technology
- Southeastern Community College: Forest Management and GIS Technology
- Southeastern Community College: Environmental Science Technology
- Big Future by The College Board: Careers: Wildlife Technicians
- The National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs: North Carolina
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