A Bachelor of Science in Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management equips students with the skills, educational background and ethical standards needed to pursue a successful and rewarding career in the diverse fields of conservation and natural resource management.
The program prides itself in providing students with immersive and relevant field experiences, professional development opportunities, and a focus on mentored undergraduate research. The curriculum places a special emphasis on applied knowledge, skills and research to provide a solid foundation that empowers students to continue their education into graduate and other professional programs or pursue a wide range of careers in conservation and land management with leading conservation and science-based agencies at state and federal levels, as well as private land enterprises and non-governmental organizations. In response to the complexity and diversity of the field, the B.S. in RWFM program offers four unique specialization tracks to further tailor a student’s degree to best meet post-graduation needs.
We facilitate the journey from student to natural resource professional, offering experiences and opportunities that will prepare students for diverse careers in public or private sectors in a variety of capacities. Below is a selection of common career paths taken by our graduates.
|Job Title||Description||Average Salary|
|Environmental Consultant||Conducts biological surveys as part of clearance and approval for mostly privately funded projects such as housing and commercial developments, resource extraction (e.g., mining), and other developments on private and public lands. Often must be familiar with government regulations (NEPA, EIS), use of GIS, literature reviews, and report writing. Permanent positions are available, but much of the work is seasonal for smaller organizations.||$50,000|
|Wildlife or Fisheries Biologist||Work to protect biodiversity, often with threatened and endangered species, specializing in a group of species or specific habitats in which the species live. They work in the outdoors collecting data and implementing monitoring or management techniques, in addition to working in indoor laboratories, analyzing their data from the field, writing reports on their findings, and coordinating with other biologists, researchers and agencies.||$50,000|
|Ranch Manager||Responsible for overseeing livestock, crop or dairy operations, implementing land and wildlife management techniques, managing hunting programs, and coordinating ranch personnel on designated properties.||$77,000|
|Environmental Lobbyist||Work to persuade politicians to pass laws, policies, and regulations for a cleaner environment. They accomplish this by developing campaigns, advocating, fundraising, and creating advertising campaigns aimed to make a difference on political and environmental issues. Their job involves many meetings and coordination with legislators, representing their organization at media events as well preparing press releases and information literature.||$125,000|
|Game Warden||Responsible for patrolling assigned areas to prevent fish and game law violations. They investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife and compile biological data for subsequent reports and management information.||$58,000|
|Outdoor Educator||Responsible for educating the public about environmental science and issues, ecology, and wildlife. They often work with school-aged children, engaging with them daily with lesson plans, and environmental focused activities, and may handle ambassador animals.||$42,000|
RWFM Undergraduate News
A passion for wildlife shapes university experience of recent Texas A&M graduate
Rigorous coursework, late night study sessions and early morning classes are often a challenge for even the most dedicated student in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Couple this with the responsibility of managing a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center as one of the few federal and state-certified wildlife rehabilitators located in the Brazos Valley, and you have a unique undergraduate experience that few would attempt.
That is, of course, unless you’re Krista Bligh ’23, operator of Paws and Claws Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in College Station.