Animal Wildlife Conservationist Careers

If you work as an Animal Wildlife Conservationist, you likely work to save wildlands and wildlife through conservation, education and research.   This is a broad field that unites scientists, engineers, law enforcement agents, land surveyors and dozens of other professionals in the shared mission of protecting and preserving wildlife and its natural habitats.  In this career subsector, your job title could also be Wildlife Biologist, Wildlife Research Technician, Wildlife Research Assistant, Game Warden, or Habitat Restoration Worker.


  • Gather and analyze field data used to develop conservation campaigns and laws.
  • Collect blood and tissue samples from individual specimens to determine the health of animals.
  • Observe animal behavior and interaction with other species and predators.
  • Analyze genetic strengths and weakness as well as threats such as loss of habitat and climate change.
  • Capture and tag animals.
  • Observe and document the condition of habitats.
  • Prepare reports.
  • Oversee habitat areas to ensure the public doesn't interfere with animals, especially during mating, nesting and spawning seasons.
  • Survey areas, analyze water, air, plant and soil samples, and assess how factors such as pollutants, invasive species, noise and development impact wildlife.
  • Devise tactics to rebuild and protect habitats.


Median Wage:  approximately $30,000-$62,000 annually

Job opportunities are typically available via non-profit conservation organizations as they hire animal conservationists to work on their preservation projects and campaigns.

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Academic Programs

To find an institution of higher education that offers a program relative to your career aspirations in Animal (Wildlife) Conservation, the easiest place to start for most people is to perform a simple search by area of interest.  Overall, there are associate, bachelor, and advanced degree programs in public and private postsecondary colleges and universities across the country in the following areas:

  • Conservation
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Ornithology
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Animal Biology
  • Wildlands Science


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