How do I work in wildlife conservation?

1. Study the specific interests you have or interests in a related field. Join programs like Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, 4-H, Girl and Boy Scouts, Museum and zoo camps, and Ranger Rick.
2. Get experience as early and as often as possible. Get dirty and be willing to do it for free. You can volunteer at a zoo, museum, discovery center, aquarium, state or national park, Humane Society, sanctuary, farm, ranch, or even join organizations that restore habitats and do beach clean-ups.
3. Practice public speaking. Every person I interview for Wild Kingdom tells me that public speaking helped increase their confidence and opened doors to new opportunities in their field as consultants, keynote speakers, and much more.
4. Apply for anything related to what you are interested in. Remember that you may have to put in your time and work your way up the ladder. I also recommend trying you may not think you will like to gain experience and perhaps even discover a new interest you would never have discovered otherwise.
5. To hear more advice check out my new group: Women in the Wild
Colleges and University Programs
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo https://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/index
Internships/Career Boards
Association of Zoos and Aquariums: https://www.aza.org/jobs
Zoological Association of America: http://zaa.org/job-board
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums: http://www.waza.org/en/site/get-involved/job-postings
International Union for the Conservation of Nature: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.showOpenList
Speaking Engagements

Stephanie is a story-teller at heart. Her style is dynamic, fun, and impactful. She weaves her world-wide experiences with people and animals into talks that make kids laugh and adults think twice about their daily actions.

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Wild Kingdom

Cheetahs, crocodiles, and Kangaroos! Can’t get enough Wild Kingdom? Follow Stephanie and get behind the scenes as she searches for fascinating wildlife across the globe, and meets the people working to protect them.

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Women in the Wild

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver