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Communications and SPC Administrator, Drinking Source Water Protection Division of the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (Ontario)

"Most natural science classes at LSSU offer students as much hands-on experience (lab hours) as lecture hours, which ensures that the university experience prepares us for the real world careers, whether you work at a desk or out in the field, or both. There are endless advantages and opportunities available to LSSU students due to its location on an international border.

I found my career path on campus when my advisor posted a job for the Bi-national Public Advisory Council (BPAC), a group dedicated to and overseeing the clean-up the St. Mary's River. I was able to gain experience and network on both sides of the border, ultimately finding full-time employment before I graduated with my biology degree."

Loralei Premo '07
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Programs > Fisheries & Wildlife Management

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The Fisheries & Wildlife Management program places a strong emphasis on understanding relationships between organisms and their habitats by blending a conceptual understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and population dynamics with practical skills obtained during laboratory and field exercises. Students graduating from this rigorous, applied curriculum can enjoy careers with natural resource management agencies as technicians or biologists.

LSSU has three options for students with an interest in the management or research of fish and wildlife resources.

Separate concentrations in Fisheries Management or Wildlife Management are designed for those students that have a specific interest in either field. These concentrations provide both breadth and depth in your area of interest while still allowing room for several elective courses. If your interests are broader, or you want to increase the types of jobs you may qualify for, the combined Fisheries & Willdife Management option is recommended. This choice offers greater breadth but with fewer opportunities for elective courses.

Regardless of which option you select, we encourage you to seek out seasonal job opportunities and to consider continuiung your education at the graduate level.  Relavent work experience and/or a Masters Degree will significantly enhance your resume in an historically competitive job market.

You might also be interested in our Fish Health, Conservation Biology, or Conservation Leadership programs.

Awards

The LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club was awarded the "2009 Student Sub-Unit of the Year" from the national American Fisheries Society. This award recognizes outstanding professionalism, active resource protection and enhancement programs, and commitment to the mission of the American Fisheries Society.

"This is the first time an all undergraduate program has received this award," said Professor Ashley Moerke Ph.D.

Career Options
  • State Natural Resource Agencies
  • Federal Natural Resource Agencies
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Private Consultancies
  • Graduate School
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Ben Turschak"As a transfer student, I couldn't believe the number of hands-on experiences I've received at Lake State. During the three years I spent at a larger state university, I never had the opportunity to participate in an outdoor lab. Within a couple of weeks at Lake State, I was taking trips with my lab groups and collecting data from local lakes, streams and forests. Not only were these lab experiences more enjoyable, they gave me the opportunity to use techniques and equipment that are used by professionals in the field.”

-Ben Turschak ‘10

 

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Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor of Byron Center, MI coordinated a large tagged monarch butterfly release at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. Through this internship at Michigan Butterflies she was able to educate the public on monarch butterflies, the decline of the species, and steps to help keep the monarch population flourishing. By tagging monarchs it is possible to track them along migration routes and compare data from the release with known migration data to help determine what is effecting the monarch population.

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