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
Internships/Career Boards
Association of Zoos and Aquariums:
Zoological Association of America:
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums:
International Union for the Conservation of Nature:
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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Cities of the Sea

Over 1,000 species of marine plants and animals can be found within the kelp forests of California. This biodiversity just off of the coast provides fantastic opportunities for recreation, conservation, and scientific inspiration.

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Women in the Wild

Looking for inspiration? Learn how amazing women like, Stephanie, began working in wildlife conservation, science, and film. Browse profiles and learn from unsung heroes, and up-and-coming female leaders.

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

– Mary Oliver