Stream, River and Wetlands Conservation

Plan or develop coordinated practices for water conservation or sound land use specific to streams, rivers and wetlands. Build a career in stream, river and wetlands conservation.

What Does a Career in Stream, River and Wetlands Conservation Look Like?

work in wetland conservationInterested in conservation? Want to protect endangered wetlands? Passionate about stream and river restoration and conservation? Consider a career protecting the nation’s streams, rivers and wetlands.

Conservationists in this speciality do some or all of the following:

  • Implement soil or water management techniques in accordance with conservation plans.
  • Monitor projects during or after construction to ensure projects conform to regulations and conservation efforts.  
  • Collaborate with wildlife biologists to create protection plans for vulnerable waterways.  
  • Advise land users and developers to improve sustainability and protect vulnerable streams, rivers and wetlands.
  • Develop or maintain working relationships with local government staff or board members.  

What Education is Required to Build a Career in Stream, River and Wetlands Conservation?

Most conservation jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and many require a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate.

Many professionals find that they are only qualified to do part of the job because they don’t have the credentials required. They work for a few years, but find they cannot be promoted because the next step requires an engineering degree. The engineering degree allows them to do the design work rather than just the installation. The engineer can sign (“seal”) legal documents once they become a licensed Professional Engineer.

Find out if a master’s degree or graduate level certificate will give you the credentials required for job advancement. Our online graduate programs are designed to accommodate a working professional’s busy schedule, making it possible to work full-time and get the advanced degree or certificate you need.

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Related Stream, River and Wetlands Conservation Job Titles

The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of advanced biological agricultural degree and certificate programs qualify for:

  • Conservationist
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Land Reclamation Specialist
  • Land Resource Specialist
  • Resource Conservation Specialist
  • Resource Conservationist
  • Wetlands Conservationist
  • Watershed Program Manager
  • Wetland Construction Manager
  • Wetlands Restoration Specialist
  • Wetlands Conservationist
  • Stream Restoration and River Restoration Specialist

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Stream, River and Wetlands Conservation Salary and Forecast

Those working in conservation earn a national median salary of $59,070 (as of 2016).

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Job opportunities in the industry are growing at a rate of 5-8%, with North Carolina leading the way with a job opportunity growth rate of 11.1%.

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