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From: Tim Skura
Tonawanda, NY
Jay ,I am interested in getting into conservation. I am wondering what kind of education and requirements there are. what kind of income and other things once in a careeer. I live in new york state. Thanks

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Greetings Tim:

Most natural resources jobs require either a 2-year technical degree or a 4-year degree. Educational requirements vary by program and by institution. Moreover, salaries vary from state to state and vary by job title and responsibilities - so I really can't give you a good answer regarding salary. Salaries also vary by employer: state, federal, municipal, and private.

If you are interested in natural resources positions in New York, then I would strongly encourage you to contact NYDEC directly.

The State of New York does have several well known schools for forestry and natural resources: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and Cornell University. SUNY-ESF also has a Ranger School that offers several 2-yr technical degrees in natural resources. Check them out on the internet.

For more information on forestry careers and educational requirements, please check out the following Web site:

If I had to do it all over again, I would still pick forestry as my truly is a rewarding way to live your life!

Best of luck!

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