Welcome to the Early Career Professional (ECP) Working Group!
We are excited to welcome you to the Early Career Professional Working Group (ECPWG)! 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 early career members.
As a “new professional” member of The Wildlife Society, you are automatically provided free membership to the Early Career Professional Working Group! Each week, you’ll receive a special edition of The eWildlifer that will include 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 membership in the ECPWG 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. This Working Group supports ECPs by hosting and sponsoring several successful workshops, symposiums, and meetings at The Wildlife Society Annual Conference each year. We also offer a Professional Development Grant to help facilitate training, research, and professional opportunities for ECPs, as well as a Certification Scholarship to enable ECPs who are missing one or two college courses to earn their AWB®/CWB® certification. The ECPWG is actively involved in promoting the TWS Leadership Institute (of which many ECPWG members are alumni), as well as the Mentorship for Life Subcommittee of TWS Council, working to establish a formal mentorship program for all TWS members.
These projects are just the beginning. We have many ideas to elevate your career and our profession, and we look forward to making them a reality with you!