Former Biological Intern for Endangered Species at National Park Service
about 3 years ago
It helps if you have already studied some Biology, Environmental Science, or Wildlife Ecology...some math too...and a little public speaking. Of course, information will differ depending on what ecosystem you are dealing with. You will almost always receive some type of preliminary training at your site to become familiar with the landscape and the fauna within it. Then, within that, it helps to already know some basic environmental field sampling techniques; also problem solving skills and attention to detail are critical for your success. Lastly, self-motivation and a "tough skin" will take you a long way. Field work like this can be both grueling and rewarding. Just make sure you always keep the "big picture" in mind, it'll help you remember all the good you're doing and when you see you work come full circle, it's pretty amazing.