So now you are graduated, or an intern at some park, or maybe you landed a coveted paid position, or dun dun dun…. your are finishing your graduate degree (like me). Now what? Unless you have a permanent position its time to start looking for a new position. Seriously. Hopefully I will be able to help you out. Below will be a list of some of my favorite resources.
But I just started you say? I have five months you say? I can find something later you say?
Too bad. So sad. Start looking now. That awesome thing you got going now is gonna run out and you better know what happens next. There are only a couple options and I have tried most of them. It’s either get more education, find a new job, or get out of the game. I assume most of you don’t want to move on and get a desk job or flip burgers after all that hard work, so that leaves the options of jobs, internships, and more school. And as you progress in your career some of these really don’t work either (but that is a subject for a later post).
I am going to break it down the resources into three categories: 1) My Favorites, 2) Gov’mnt, and 3) Other Good Stuff. If I miss your favorite or great resource, I would love to know where you look for jobs. Leave the links in the comments so everyone benefits!
- First and foremost for me is: Texas A&M Job Board. This place has it all, from unpaid internships to tenure professorships. I got my first job from a listing here. And my third, and fourth. I assume my next position too. I got the chance to work overseas and across the west. It is updated frequently.
- Ecolog: the best list-serv I know about. It has a lot of stuff from internships, jobs, grad positions, and random other ecology related posts. This is a great resource, just make sure that if you subscribe, sign up for a daily or weekly digest, otherwise your inbox will get bombarded.
- The Society of Conservation Biology job board is another great place for every level of jobs in conservation biology. It has had a facelift since the last time I used it and the interface looks great.
- OSNA job board or the Ornithological Societies of North America job board. Even if you aren’t into birds (yet) it is a great place to find opportunities. I originally started as a marine biologist but I got a lot more call backs (and offers) about jobs working with birds.
- USAJOBS of course.
- But for us mere mortals (myself included) that have a hard time navigating government applications there is: go government. It is a nonprofit that helps people navigate USAJOBS. Worth looking at. From my first impression it has great resources that help you create a federal resume, find agencies hiring students, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Caveat: I haven’t had to use it yet, but plan on using some of its tips in the very near future as I myself start applying for the next round of employment.
- Many wildlife refuges, parks, national forests, and other agencies will post internship positions on their respective pages. So if you have an area you are interested in troll the web for there individual job pages. Its often worth the work since most people are lazy and won’t do the extra effort like you are going to do. Because you are going to do the extra effort right? RIGHT
Other Good Stuff
- Resource conservation internship clearinghouses:
- The Wildlife Society Job Board
- The Nature Conservancy
- United States Regional Association For Landscape Ecology Job Board
I hope this helps someone out there and like I said, leave other job boards and links in the comments so everyone can benefit! That way people can find there way to jobs and degrees they love. And end up getting to play and work in a place that makes you happy.