Graduate Assistant at UW Oshkosh Biology Department
about 1 year ago
Based on my interview experience at Wild Rose, the most helpful thing you can have going into a fisheries tech interview is experience. I had none in fisheries, but had other animal behavior and care experience as well as biotic and abiotic water quality testing experience. But it's difficult to grasp what you don't know by not having experience specifically with fish! I got some experience this summer and I now think my interview would have gone very differently. I know I would have answered some of their questions more specifically & accurately.
Also, one interviewer told me later not to forget about very practical skills like being able to operate a lawn mower or change oil. A lot of folks fresh out of school can't do those things, so if you can do it you will be more valuable than someone who doesn't have a clue.
Fisheries Technician at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - DNR
almost 2 years ago
Interviews with the DNR are a little different than typical interviews, due to the fact that you will be interviewing with a panel of about 3 people instead of just 1 person. This can seem stressful, but it actually makes the interview seem more like a discussion! They will ask you questions about your experiences and interests, but know that it's ok if you don't have adequate experience in the department. As long as you show interest and enthusiasm, as well as include any volunteer experiences you have done (I strongly advise getting out and volunteering with some type of environmental organization!), they would be more than happy to work with you. Remember, it's ok if you don't have exactly all of the requirements they ask for, just make sure you sell your personal experiences and your valuable skills.