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Early career professionals share their stories from the workplace, the field, and more. If you’re interested in submitting your own story and sharing it with other ECPs please contact ecpworkinggroup@gmail.com.

No Permanent Job?  No Business Card?  No Problem!, By Kris Boyd
Ever heard of a networking card? It’s a useful tool for early career professionals. Kris Boyd explains why and how to make one.

Parental Leave: A Primer, By Liisa Schmoele
Liisa talks about her experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as a wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Gear and Tips for Cold Climate Winter Wildlife Work, By Kris Boyd
Kris discusses her experiences conducting winter field work in cold climates and how you can make the most out of this taxing work.

Career Paths, By Rob Nagel
Rob shares details on his somewhat unusual career path.

Transforming Science Communication and Literacy, by Cameron Kovach
A new report from Wiley sheds light on one of our profession’s biggest challenges

What would a real field work resume look like?, by Emily Williams
“Many of the routine tasks we do and techniques we employ as field biologists would give pause to and cause discomfort for many. A majority of those same tasks and techniques, because of their nature, are not included in the carefully crafted methods sections of manuscripts, or the protocols of field manuals. Moreover, they are also usually not fit to appear on professional resumes or be discussed in detail during an interview.”