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Wildlife and Fisheries Science Credit for Summer Professional Employment

All students in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries are strongly encouraged to obtain summer employment in a professional position relevant to their interests. Class work lays the basic foundation for understanding of concepts, while field work demonstrates the application of class material.  Class-work leads to a diploma/degree, however when combined with professional work experience, the student becomes a more rounded graduate and more competitive in the job market.  Students are encouraged to seek summer employment independently or in consultation with a faculty member. 

Approved off-campus employment in conservation can lead to class credit through Internships for credit in WFS 496 (Junior Class or above) or Practicum WFS 492 (Below Junior class level).  There are many sources for locating summer positions including: faculty members, direct contact with agencies, and various online employment boards.  Texas A&M hosts a very helpful job posting site, to access it click here.  State and Federal agencies also provide many opportunities.  Some agencies include:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
USGS (US Geological Survey)
USDA-Wildlife Services
USDA NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
State Wildlife Agencies- TWRA  provides many positions every summer for students.

Universities- University grad students in wildlife and fisheries programs around the country often need technicians on their research projects throughout the year.  Students can make direct contact with other those programs to enquire about the possibility for employment. Here is one helpful list from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources for various forestry internships for 2010-2011.

Benefits vary greatly among jobs.  Some provide housing while others do not.  Pay can range from voluntary to upwards of $1,500 per month.  However, the experience goes far beyond monetary benefits.  These positions provide vital insight into the field of wildlife and fisheries.  Summer employment will greatly benefit the student by providing professional experience, contacts, and references for future full time employment. 


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Contact Information

Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
274 Ellington Plant Sci. Bldg.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4563
Phone: 865-974-7126
Fax: 865-974-4714