Career as Wildlife Expert

Early Salary

2 - 3 L

Mid Salary

4 - 5 L

Senior Salary

7 - 8 L

Academic Pressure

High

Job Pressure

Medium

	Wildlife Expert

A wildlife expert manages a forest and maintains its flora and fauna by administering, protecting and preserving it. You have to learn about silviculture (forest development), protection (legal and other regulations related to forests), and forest mensuration (measuring trees).

What do they do?

A wildlife expert manages a forest and maintains its flora and fauna by administering, protecting and preserving it. You have to learn about silviculture (forest development), protection (legal and other regulations related to forests), and forest mensuration (measuring trees). Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) and Indian Forest Service (IFS) open up avenues in wildlife conservation
 
 
 

Skills Needed

.   Scientific temperament
.   Good knowledge of finance
.   Great communication skills for teaching and reaching out to tribals / village people 
.   Quick decision-making abilities
.   Authoritative, able and effective leadership qualities
.   Knowledge of the different terrains 
.   Passionate about nature
.   Love of the outdoors
.   An inclination to travel

How do I get there?

Take up science after Class 10 (preferably with botany and zoology). The IIFM and IFS both can lead to great careers. Entrance to the IIFM’s PG diploma in forest management programme and fellow programme in management is through the institute’s Common Admission Test. Recruitment to the IFS is through an annual civil service exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Applicants should hold a BSc degree in maths, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, geology, statistics, veterinary science.

Typical day in the life of a Wildlife Expert

For an IIFM graduate working as a private consultant:
 
7.30am: Read new research, check websites
9.30am: Reach office
10am: Meet industrialist to discuss control of effluents from his factory
1.30pm: Lunch 
2.30pm: Work on project with NGO to help villagers 
6.30pm: Leave for home
 
For a deputy conservator of forest
 
4.30 am: Leave home early for site of reported forest fire
10.30am: Return, have breakfast
12pm: Leave for site to check on teak plantation
2pm: Lunch with villagers at site, give them inputs on microfinance
5pm: Go to office, check files
6.30pm: Leave for home

Pros & Cons about this career

. A great deal of satisfaction doing meaningful work . The best workplace environment in the world
. One is required to travel often . Dealing with forest mafia can be dangerous . Travelling can cause fatigue . An exciting, but extremely challenging job . Most of your time is spent in the forests
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