Early Career Professional Working Group

 

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Welcome to the Early Career Professional Working Group

The Early Career Professional Working Group is a new working group dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities that early career wildlife professionals encounter. We welcome the full spectrum of wildlife professionals to contribute to our efforts.


Welcome to the Early Career Professional (ECP) Working Group!

As a “new professional” member of The Wildlife Society, The eWildlifer is one of your member benefits, along with free membership in the Early Career Professional Working Group. Each week, you’ll receive a special edition of The eWildlifer that will include short articles and online resources specifically geared toward early career issues such as work-family balance, field and job application tips, and leadership development. Other benefits of being a member of this Working Group include the opportunity to network with each other at conferences, access to workshops for early career professionals, and the ability to influence TWS policies that affect you.

We are excited to welcome you to the Working Group. This Working Group is striving to build a network of people that can communicate about strategies for success in our field. TWS recently started considering the needs of ECPs in an official capacity, and our Working Group is helping to guide Council in making decisions that help ECPs. The ECP Working Group was formed in 2011 at the TWS Annual Conference in Hawaii, by a forward thinking Leadership Institute alumna, Kris Boyd. We have made great strides in supporting early career wildlife professionals, such as hosting and sponsoring several successful workshops, symposiums, and associated meetings at TWS Annual Conferences over the past 5 years. We are also working with TWS staff and the Certification Review Board to offer a scholarship to ECP members who are just short on credits to attain their Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist certificate.

These projects are just the beginning. We have many ideas to elevate your career and our profession, and look forward to sharing them with you!

Sincerely,

Krysten Zummo, Chair
Maggi Sliwinski, Past Chair

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If you are an Early Career Professional looking to get more involved with TWS, than look no further!
The Early Career Professional Working Group is accepting nominations for our 2018-2020 board. This year we are electing an ENTIRE new board including Chair, Co-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and 7 At-Large Board Members. Position descriptions are as follows:

Chair: General supervisory responsibility for the Executive Board; shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Board and membership; shall appoint, with the advice of the Executive Board, chairs of all committees; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees, except the Nominating and Elections Committee.

Co-Chair: Shall assume the duties of the Chair in the absence of the Chair or upon the inability of the Chair to serve and shall perform any duties assigned by the Chair.

Treasurer: Is responsible for the funds of the Working Group. Duties shall include the receipt and disbursement of funds; preparing and submitting an annual fiscal-year financial report to the Executive Board, members, and Society; and preparing an annual budget for approval by the Executive Board.

Secretary: Shall be responsible for maintaining the files and records of the Working Group. Duties shall include recording the minutes of all membership and Executive Board meetings and issuing copies of the minutes to the Executive Board, members, and The Wildlife Society.

At-Large Board: Board Members shall represent the views of the membership from their geographic area or subdiscipline to the Executive Board and shall serve as liaison from the Executive Board to their geographic area or subdiscipline. They shall provide the editor of the Working Group newsletter with news and items of interest from their geographic area or subdiscipline and shall help to recruit new members from their geographic area or subdiscipline. Board Members shall perform any [other] duties assigned by the Chair.

Communications Coordinator: NEW This position is responsible for managing the ECPWG social media presence and may assist in developing new communications opportunities and newsletter development. This position is head of the communications committee and can delegate tasks to members of said committee.

If you have any questions, or are interested in running for one of our Board positions, please submit a biography and a picture to Krysten Strong at kzummo11@gmail.com by July 31, 2018.