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!


Emily Williams, Chair
Krysten Zummo-Strong, Past Chair

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