"Where do you find jobs like that?"
- Having already completed a field season of research
- Good references (professional references that can speak to your experience and your enthusiasm and character are best)
- Having training in the specific field techniques used in the project
- Having or working towards a relevant degree (pretty much anything in the natural or environmental sciences, or even statistics or programming, will do as long as you have relevant courses that show your interest and perhaps some practical training)
- Having already lived or worked abroad in the region
- Having participated in field research abroad
- Demonstrated your ability to work in particularly harsh and unpredictable conditions
- Foreign language skills
Volunteer on at least one project doing something that interests you.
Commit for a real period of time to a real project
Take note of the skills required for jobs you'd like someday
List of Job Boards
- Texas A&M Wildlife and Fisheries Job Board -- The biggest wildlife job board around
- Society for Conservation Biology Job Board -- A lot of overlap with the TAMU job board, but with some preferential and exclusive posts and a more narrow focus
- AZA Job Board -- Lots of animal husbandry internships, but a research-focused internship or job pops up every once in awhile
- ECOLOG Listserve -- Academic ecology email list, with lots of graduate research opportunities and some research technician opportunities posted frequently.
- Prof. Eric Walters' "The Top 5 Mistakes That Biology Undergraduate Students Make When Preparing For Field Positions in Biology"
- "Field Biology Jobs" by Dr. Alan Krakauer