Ducks Unlimited is proud to offer the Ecology Conservation & Management Certification, available fall 2019. This certification is designed to prepare individuals for a meaningful career in natural resources management.
The Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification verifies individuals' knowledge and skills in the areas of ecological principles and wildlife management, as well as habitat, forest, grasslands, wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management.
Wildlife conservation and management has a rich and long history in the United States, and science-based conservation and management remain paramount today in the face of increasing pressures on the land and waters that support our country's rich fish and wildlife resources. Job growth in wildlife ecology and management is projected at 8% from 2016-2026 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers may include wildlife habitat manager, wildlife population manager, wildlife research ecologist, wildlife law enforcement officer and others, particularly now that society has begun to place a greater value on natural resources and the environment. The profession has a particular need for waterfowl ecologists and managers. Professionals may engage in science to inform habitat and population management, establish hunting and fishing regulations, or manage habitat and populations of fish and wildlife.
Meeting the Industry Need
Responsible land and water use, along with conservation methods, are important to ensure the future of natural resources. To help the next generation understand ecology issues and gain experience in the field, Ducks Unlimited has developed the Ecology & Conservation Management Certification.
The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:
- Ecological Principles
- Species Identification
- Wildlife Conservation & Management
- Habitat Conservation & Management
Why We Created This Certification
We work closely with professionals in the field to lead the way in natural resource conservation and management. Because of our knowledge of and passion for wetland and waterfowl conservation, we take great responsibility in sharing it with future industry professionals.
We see a need to implement conservation and management practices that will ensure the protection and sustainability of wetlands to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. This certification assesses individuals for an in-depth understanding of the principles of ecology that will assist them for the rest of their careers in the industry.
"It's important that students understand not only the conservation and ecology of wildlife and wildlife habitat, but also their personal roles as future stewards."
—Mark Horobetz, Ducks Unlimited Manager of Youth & Education Programs
Ducks Unlimited utilizes iCEV, a division of CEV Multimedia, as the certification testing platform. As the testing platform, iCEV fulfills the following responsibilities:
- Provides secure testing technology for certification exams
- Regulates testing environment
- Works with secondary and post-secondary academic institutions, workforce development associations and the public-at-large to offer certification options for career advancement
- Provides certification verification to employers for potential job applicants
- Offers optional study-guide material
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Director of Business & Industry Partnerships