Wildlife biologists study the biology, habits and living environments of wild animals, and they use this knowledge to conserve and manage animal populations. A wildlife biologist typically has a degree in wildlife, fisheries management or a number of related subjects, and they can hold conservations and research positions with the federal government or in private facilities, such as zoos and consulting firms.
Oftentimes, while collaborating with fish and game wardens and wildlife rehabilitators, a wildlife biologist can have varied responsibilities. These responsibilities include studying ecosystems and the diseases that wildlife may carry, managing forests or wetlands, developing plans for water and land use, determining the impact of commercial spread on wildlife, and maintaining the general job of maintaining healthy wildlife and preserving endangered species. These tasks require professionals to work in various weather conditions and interact with various animals, ranging from opossums and birds to fish and large cats.
Along with these field tasks, wildlife biologists are also required to keep detailed records of all research and other routine administrative work. Wildlife biologists must be familiar with advanced computer technologies designed to track animal movement, compile and analyze statistics, and map wildlife population dynamics. Once wildlife biologists have met the educational requirements and obtained at least five years of professional experience, they can acquire the Certified Wildlife Biologist status.