At the latest AOU-COS meeting in Norman, Oklahoma, the Student Affairs and Early Professionals Committees organized an 8-member panel to discuss the diversity of career options available to ornithologists and provide tips on how to be a successful candidate for different positions. The panel discussion was well attended by students and early career professionals who had many questions.
On this site, I will post materials made available during that workshop as well as panelists' contact information. Soon, I will also post notes/highlights from the panel discussion. I welcome any additional materials members of OE might find appropriate for this topic.
Panel members (in the order they presented) included:
Barbara Kus (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the USGS, a federal agency
Megan Philips-Schaap (email@example.com) from SWCA, an environmental consulting company
Jean Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which is a museum not associated with university
Elizabeth Condon (email@example.com) from International Crane Foundation, a nonprofit organization
Jennifer Owen (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Michigan State University, a large, research school
Michael Butler (email@example.com) from Lafayette College, a small liberal arts school
Mark Howery (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, who discussed working for state agencies
Lori Blanc (email@example.com) from Virginia Tech University who discussed alternative careers within academia
Thanks also to Kirsten Winter, from the USFS, who provided a handout below describing career options with the federal government.