The Wildlife Society Council granted official status in October 2014 to two new working groups – the Early Career Professional Working Group and the Military Lands Working Group. TWS is excited to officially welcome them to the organization.
Working groups are forums for members with common professional interests to network, exchange information, and promote science based decision making and management of wildlife and its habitats. They publish newsletters, hold meetings, and organize technical symposia and workshops to promote learning, networking, and engagement.
The ECP Working Group promotes the support and encouragement of early career professionals. ECPs include recent graduates, individuals changing careers, or any other person in need of support for establishing a career in the wildlife field. This working group helped to support the symposium “Human Diversity and Changing Professional Identities in Wildlife Professions” during the 21st Annual Conference of TWS this past October. Current projects include developing a scholarship that can be used towards the completion of Certified and/or Associate Wildlife Biologist certification.
The Military Lands Working Group focuses on promoting awareness of natural resource conservation requirements on Department of Defense lands. In order to do so, the group provides its members with opportunities to exchange information and to meet with professionals in similar situations. Military Lands supported two symposia at the 21st Annual Conference, including “Reducing the Threat of Extinction Through Cooperative Conservation on Military Lands.”
TWS members can join and become involved with these working groups for a small fee of $5. For more information on the ECP Working Group visit their Facebook or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For contact information for the Military Lands Working Group please click here.