Wildlife Ecology and Management

Phone: 715-346-4617
Email: cnr@uwsp.edu


UW-Stevens Point Wildlife Ecology and Management graduates at work

  • David Olson Migratory bird coordinator, Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado
  • Kaci Schmidt Senior zookeeper, Columbian Park Zoo, Indiana
  • Steve Paglia Thailand country director, Zoological Society of London, Thailand


Phone: 715-346-4617
Email: cnr@uwsp.edu

Choose Wildlife Ecology and Management at UW-Stevens Point

Practical real-world experiences and an integrated resource-management focus are at the heart of the wildlife ecology and management option. Students gain relevant, hands-on experiences in the classroom and in the field. Faculty members are devoted to the success of our students.
Our students gain additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience generally taken between their sophomore and junior years. Students choose between an intensive, six-week, hands-on summer field experience, at locations such as our Treehaven residential facility, or our European Environmental Seminar where students learn how European natural resource management compares to that in the United States.
In today’s diversified job market the wide breadth of knowledge and basic skills our students gain from these experiences help them stand above the rest.

Career opportunities in Wildlife Ecology and Management

Wildlife ecology and management option graduates typically work in federal, state and private management organizations with positions such as: 
  • habitat restoration professionals
  • biologists
  • wildlife rehabilitators
  • zookeepers
  • migratory bird coordinators.
Many also go on for advanced degrees which is required for many wildlife positions.

Building your résumé

We encourage wildlife students to boost their résumés before they graduate by participating in internships, undergraduate research and study away opportunities. Our faculties work closely with students to help them locate internships and also visit them over the course of the program to ensure everything is going smoothly.

Study away opportunities are another great way to build resumes. Visit the Office of International Education for more information on all of our opportunities. 

Outside the classroom

​Participating in student organizations is a great way to get involved outside the classroom. UW-Stevens Point hosts more than 200 student organizations including the student chapters of the Wildlife Society and Ducks Unlimited. With 250 active members the Wildlife Society is one of the largest and most active student organizations, offering valuable volunteer experiences including student-led research projects.  

Visit the Campus Activities and Student Engagement for a complete list of opportunities.

Student support services

Student success is our top priority and the College of Natural Resources Academic and Career Advising Center (CNR ACAC) is an excellent resource to help students reach graduation day.

Professional advisers and peer mentors are available Monday through Friday to answer questions about classes, advising, scholarships, internships etc.

The CNR ACAC also produces a weekly e-newsletter, the CNR Reporter, with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times and other important happenings on and around campus.