Careers in Wildlife
What are NRO’s? <ul><li>NRO = Natural Resource Officer </li></ul><ul><li>“ outdoor Police” </li></ul><ul><li>Often called ...
Responsibilities & Duties <ul><li>Enforce outdoor laws </li></ul><ul><li>Able to give traffic tickets/speeding, dui, etc <...
NRO Facts <ul><li>Work varied hours </li></ul><ul><li>Federal and state positions available </li></ul><ul><li>Appear in co...
Requirements <ul><li>Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology or Natural Resource field* </li></ul><ul><li>21 years old </li>...
Is this field right for me? <ul><li>Many “busy days” of an NRO are during good hunt/fish times </li></ul><ul><li>On call a...
Wildlife/fisheries Biologist <ul><li>Tagging wildlife or fish </li></ul><ul><li>Netting wildlife/fish </li></ul><ul><li>Po...
Park Manager/Ranger <ul><li>Park manager oversees how state/federal parks are operated </li></ul><ul><li>Park rangers enfo...
Tips for a job in this field <ul><li>Get a four-year degree in a wildlife/fisheries/resource management program </li></ul>...
Job Links <ul><li>http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fws.gov/humancapital/ </li></ul...
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  1. 1. Careers in Wildlife
  2. 2. What are NRO’s? <ul><li>NRO = Natural Resource Officer </li></ul><ul><li>“ outdoor Police” </li></ul><ul><li>Often called “Game Wardens” </li></ul><ul><li>Enforce fish, game, & boating laws </li></ul>
  3. 3. Responsibilities & Duties <ul><li>Enforce outdoor laws </li></ul><ul><li>Able to give traffic tickets/speeding, dui, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Hand out NTA’s </li></ul><ul><li>Teach hunter education </li></ul><ul><li>Assist biologists when needed </li></ul><ul><li>Assist public/public relations </li></ul>
  4. 4. NRO Facts <ul><li>Work varied hours </li></ul><ul><li>Federal and state positions available </li></ul><ul><li>Appear in court hearings to convict offenses </li></ul><ul><li>Hours worked vary </li></ul><ul><li>Able to enter private ground with evidence of illegal activity </li></ul><ul><li>Current starting pay for NRO I in Kansas is approx. $19 per hour </li></ul>
  5. 5. Requirements <ul><li>Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology or Natural Resource field* </li></ul><ul><li>21 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Required to carry firearm </li></ul><ul><li>Must not be convicted of a felony </li></ul><ul><li>Must not be convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery </li></ul><ul><li>Passing the nro exam </li></ul><ul><li>Passing the Kansas Law Enforcement Academy in Hutchinson, KS (13 week course) </li></ul><ul><li>Good physical condition </li></ul><ul><li>*experience may be accepted if no degree on KDWP discretion </li></ul>
  6. 6. Is this field right for me? <ul><li>Many “busy days” of an NRO are during good hunt/fish times </li></ul><ul><li>On call at times for long hours </li></ul><ul><li>Danger factor - police vs. nro? </li></ul><ul><li>Personality - right job for you? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wildlife/fisheries Biologist <ul><li>Tagging wildlife or fish </li></ul><ul><li>Netting wildlife/fish </li></ul><ul><li>Population counts/studies </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat management </li></ul><ul><li>Paperwork during slow times of year </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding/outside work </li></ul>
  8. 8. Park Manager/Ranger <ul><li>Park manager oversees how state/federal parks are operated </li></ul><ul><li>Park rangers enforce laws - “park game wardens” </li></ul><ul><li>In Kansas, there is a park division and a wildlife division </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Kirwin FWR manager Craig Mowry or LOVR SP manager Rick Cleveland </li></ul><ul><li>Must carry firearm so felony/misdemeanor rules apply </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tips for a job in this field <ul><li>Get a four-year degree in a wildlife/fisheries/resource management program </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for summer work at state or national parks </li></ul><ul><li>Clean bathrooms, mow grass, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Research positions </li></ul><ul><li>Internships (no pay, but excellent resume builders) </li></ul><ul><li>Network with “the powers that be” </li></ul><ul><li>Much of it is who you know, along with what you know </li></ul><ul><li>Work harder than the next person. Make your goal to be THE candidate rather than A candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Resume, Resume, Resume!! Build, Build, Build!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible with travel, what states to work in, etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Job Links <ul><li>http://kdwp.state.ks.us/news/KDWP-Info/Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fws.gov/humancapital/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/usajobs.cfm </li></ul>
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