To the Aspiring Wildlife Biologist/Researcher

The field of wolf research combines a variety of disciplines that are required in school: science (of course!), math (lots of it), social studies, language arts and so on. Being a well-rounded researcher means having good academic skills but also being adept at using various forms of communication, technology and social skills.

An average wildlife researcher has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree. In many cases, a doctorate is achieved. Collegiate studies in this field include wildlife ecology , conservation biology , wildlife management, zoology or biology . Have you ever thought of becoming a wildlife researcher?

Many people are interested in working directly or indirectly with wildlife and find different ways to follow that interest. Some follow the biology/research angle, others get involved at the public education/advocacy end of things. We need all types! Following are some ideas to assist you in your search for career opportunities.

To become a wildlife/wolf biologist you need a BS in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management, zoology or biology.

Here is a short video on careers in wildlife and zoological biology:


The field of wildlife biology is very competitive, so a MS orPh.D. is strongly recommended. There are many universities that offer such programs. Below are a few you can contact. Ask for information on the programs they offer and try to find an advisor that has a vertebrate biology background.

  • Colorado State University U. of Michigan
  • Cornell U.of Minnesota, St. Paul, Crookston, Duluth
  • Humboldt State University U. of Missouri, Columbia
  • Michigan State U.of Montana
  • Michigan Technological University U. of Nevada,Reno
  • Purdue University U.of New York, Cobleskill
  • South Dakota State University U. of Wisconsin, Madison and Steven's Point
  • Texas A&M Utah State
  • U. of Alaska, Fairbanks Virginia Tech
  • U. of Idaho

Work experience can be very helpful in acquiring a future job. Try to volunteer or do an internship for a zoo, animal park, veterinary clinic or research project. Most wildlife biologists work with many differen t kinds of animals during their career, not just wolves, so be open to a variety of opportunities.

Good Luck!


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