April 26, 2015

23 Cool Jobs Working With Wildlife

Are you an animal lover? Would you like to find a job working with wildlife? There are countless jobs out there where you get to work with lions, elk, bear, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, gorillas, dolphins, elephants, deer, snakes, sharks, eagles, and other wild animals. Why not find a job working with these incredible creatures?

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When you work with wildlife you can find jobs enforcing hunting laws in the wilds of Alaska, training dolphins in Honduras, or breaking in wild horses in Idaho. There are so many cool jobs working with wildlife.  It’s a highly competitive niche, but if you are focused, it’s totally possible to land a job working with wild animals. Typically you’ll need a degree and specific training. Then with a bit of luck and determination you can get your foot in the door of this super fun niche.

Here are 23 jobs where you’ll be working with wildlife:
Elephant Trainer Photo

  1. Wildlife Rehabilitator – Help wounded, injured, or orphaned animals return to their natural habitat
  2. Game Warden – Protect and preserve wildlife and their habitats
  3. Wildlife Photographer/Filmmaker – Take photos and film wild animals
  4. Veterinarians – Care for and treat animals at zoos, aquariums, and nature preserves
  5. Wildlife Educators – Teach people about different animals
  6. Zookeeper – Tend to wild animals who live in zoos
  7. Safari Guide – Take people on safari adventures
  8. Animal Control – Deal with animals who are a bit of a nuisance
  9. Wild Animal Trainers – Train wild animals to do tricks or act
  10. Dive Master – Guide people into the underwater world to show them the creatures of the sea
  11. Animal Actor Agent – Find animals for movie and television scenes
  12. Apiarist (aka Beekeeper) – Work with bees to produce honey
  13. Snake Milker– Get hands-on with poisonous snakes to create anti-venoms
  14. Marine Biologist – Study wild animals in the marine world
  15. Wildlife Biologist – Study wild animals on land
  16. Park Ranger – Work in National Parks studying, protecting, and spotting wild animals
  17. Wildlife Law Enforcement Agent – Protect and enforce laws that pertain to fish and wildlife
  18. Dolphin Trainer – Train dolphins to do tricks
  19. Elephant Trainer – Teach elephants to entertain people
  20. Wrangler – Break in wild horses
  21. Reptile Breeder – Breed and sell reptiles to the commercial market
  22. Hunting Guide – Take paying guests to hunt big game
  23. Animal TV Show Host – Work with animals on live television

These are all really cool animal jobs. Which one is the most appealing to you? Learn more about these jobs and others on JobMonkey. Many of these jobs are available through government agencies like the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, or US Fish and Wildlife Service. Also search for jobs with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, outfitters, local government, or with other cool employers.

If you daydream of working with wildlife, make your dreams a reality. Stay focused and you could be earning your next paycheck photographing giraffes in Kenya, monitoring wolf species in Yellowstone National Park, or feeding lions at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Start your animal job search on the JobMonkey Job Board today.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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