Dedicate time to study animals in controlled environments such as a zoo or in the wild. Be an integral part in the maintenance of natural ecosystems and help to guide sustainable development. Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Make recommendations on management systems and planning for wildlife populations and habitats.
  • Inventory or estimate plant and wildlife populations.
  • Disseminate information by writing reports and scientific papers or journal articles, and by making presentations.
  • Check for, and ensure compliance with, environmental laws, and notify law enforcement when violations are identified.
  • Study animals in their natural habitats, assessing effects of environment and industry on animals.
  • Inform and respond to the public regarding wildlife and conservation issues, such as plant identification, hunting ordinances, and nuisance wildlife.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's Degree

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College - Biology program

Elsewhere in Michigan


Lake Superior State University - School of Natural Resources and Environment

Michigan State University - College of Natural Science Integrative Biology program

University of Michigan - Biology programs

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Looking into biology classes or related courses at your high school. There are also many organizations that do conservation-based volunteer work throughout the year. Consider joining one such as Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy or the Inland Seas Education Association

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services offers an excellent Agriscience & Natural Resources program to get you started.

Pathway 2

Join a 2-year biology program at a local community college such as NMC’s Biology program.

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year school to complete your Bachelor’s degree and beyond. Lake Superior State University, Michigan State University, or the University of Michigan offer great programs. 



Sample Job Titles...

Aquatic Biologist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist


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