Volunteer Abby Rainwater handles Jacob the Red-tailed hawk at the Raptor Rehabilitation Project on the MU Campus.

Fisheries and Wildlife balances the needs of wildlife with the needs of people. That’s what conservation and wildlife management are all about. Through research that might require netting fish, banding birds or trapping mammals, skilled professionals find the best way to strike that balance. This degree combines interests in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and learning to manage wild fish and animal populations. Some fisheries and wildlife careers include Fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, environmental consultants and environmental educators. Fisheries biologists and wildlife biologists often are employed by state and federal agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service. They are responsible for managing wildlife habitat in conservation areas, fisheries, wildlife preserves, and state and national forests. Environmental consultants work for some of the nation’s largest and most respected private companies. Their job is to ensure fish and wildlife needs are accounted for when habitat decisions are made. Environmental consultants also work for private conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, providing them with the expertise they need to fulfill their respective conservation missions. Environmental educators foster an appreciation for wildlife and natural resources among the public, and teach the importance of conservation and habitat preservation to future conservationists.

Photo by Photo by Kyle Spradley, CAFNR Marketing and Communications

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: