Wetland biologists manage and protect wetland resources. They are responsible for implementing wetland conservation techniques, enforcing regulations, and providing consultation on construction projects in wetland sensitive areas.
Imagine you are standing in the middle of a vast wetland that was once a thriving home to a diverse selection of plant and animal species. Many programs are in place within Canada to preserve existing wetlands, and you are in charge of this one. You will use your knowledge of wetland processes, and begin designing a program to restore the area. You will be involved in everything from observing the area to writing reports on your findings.
As a wetland biologist, you are in charge of creating detailed programs for wetland restoration. You have a good understanding of these ecosystems, as well as the plants and animals that rely on them. This understanding is gained through the research you conduct on wetland processes. You assess habitats and identify and monitor a variety of species within wetlands. You also work to educate the public on the importance of wetlands, and what they can do to help.
You spend time in a variety of work environments. In the field, you collect data and samples from wetlands. In the lab, you analyze the data and samples that were collected from the wetland. In the office, you interpret information and develop project proposals, as well as coordinate resources to implement the project. It is a good feeling knowing that you had a large part in many wetland areas.
Duties vary significantly from job to job, but the following list includes typical job duties one might encounter as a wetland biologist:
Wetland biologists work in a variety of locations including, but not limited to:
In the field:
In the office:
In the lab:
In most cases, the minimum education requirement to work as a wetland biologist is a university undergraduate degree. If you are interested in research, a graduate degree is usually required. If you are considering a career in this field, the following post-secondary programs are most applicable:
Although it is not mandatory to become certified in order to work as a wildlife biologist, some practitioners choose to apply for Professional Biologist status. Requirements for this designation vary among provinces and territories.
If you are a high school student considering a career as a wildlife biologist, you should have a strong interest in: