The Early Career Professional Resource page

Ever wondered where to find job opportunities? How to continue your professional development outside of work or a university setting? Is there a great ecology-based podcast to listen to? These are the questions many ECPs think about. The ECPWG board created a clearing house where answers to these questions could be found. This is a living document, as new content will be updated on a rolling basis with content that includes: job boards, fellowships and grants, professional development opportunities and webinars, podcasts, books, and much more!

In the last year, there has been a surplus of resources we have identified and included on this page. As we transition out of the virtual world, we may see a decrease in virtual resources. The ECPWG board needs your help. If you have attended or know of virtual resources that may benefit other ECPs please share it with us! Whether it is a book you have read or a webinar you attended, please send that information with a link to With your help, we can continue to improve our resource page and help fellow ECPs.

  • Questions to ask before beginning graduate school
    Carefully choosing a good graduate advisor, and a good university, is crucial for having a positive experience as a graduate student. This document is meant to help prospective graduate students know which questions to ask as they make the important decision of whether or not to join a research lab as a graduate student. Though these questions aren’t exhaustive, they should help those considering graduate school to avoid the nightmares of a bad advisor and to make the most of graduate school.

  • Questions to ask before accepting a seasonal job

    Seasonal wildlife jobs are great opportunities to get experience and to see beautiful places. However, exploitative practices such as low pay and over-work employees are common. This document is meant to help those beginning to look for seasonal jobs to know which questions to ask a potential supervisor before accepting a job. Though these questions aren’t exhaustive, they should help anyone who is beginning to apply for seasonal wildlife jobs to make the most of the experience and to avoid exploitative situations.

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Become a member

All new professional members of The Wildlife Society are automatically members of the Early Career Professional Working Group at no additional charge. We welcome membership to any other TWS members interested in supporting ECPs.