Episodes

#92: Never Give Up on Your Wildlife Dream Job: Interview with Francisco Llaguer

Jan. 27, 2023

I love hearing success stories from people who have finally landed their dream jobs, especially after challenging and twisty career paths. I always like to say, your current situation is not your final destination, so I beli…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge: 3 Pillars

Jan. 21, 2023

Thank you so much for participating in the Thrive in Wildlife Career Challenge. You seriously exceeded my expectations. Thank you for showing up at your FULLEST if you have - and if you haven’t, you still have time to catch …

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge Day 5: Believe

Jan. 20, 2023

It’s the end of the 5 day challenge! Once you’ve finished today, you’ve made it - but the challenge is not completely over, read until the end… For today, we are learning to BELIEVE. Today is the most important day, so if yo…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge Day 4: Act

Jan. 19, 2023

We are officially on day four of the Thrive in Wildlife Career Challenge! I am blown away by how committed and driven you have been throughout the last few days...it makes me so excited to teach you today's lesson! For today…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge Day 3: Ask

Jan. 18, 2023

We are now halfway through the Thrive in Wildlife Career Challenge ! How's it going? Are you feeling pumped up about having a roadmap started to your wildlife career? Today we're going to go further into how to close the gap…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge Day 2: Map

Jan. 17, 2023

We officially kicked off day 1, Dream, of the Thrive in Wildlife Career Challenge yesterday and the energy I am getting from you guys is amazing. Thank you for being here. I am excited to continue our journey together this w…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge Day 1: Dream

Jan. 16, 2023

How excited are you to officially begin the Thrive in Wildlife Challenge and learn how to create your own roadmap leading you to your dream job? You’re probably feeling ready to have a career with more certainty leading to m…

Thrive in Wildlife 2023 Career Challenge: 0

Jan. 14, 2023

Welcome to the Thrive in Wildlife Career Challenge! This is a 5 days challenge of audio messages and short exercises that will teach you how to create your own roadmap to ensure your success in wildlife careers. These audios…

Finding Your Identity in Wildlife Work

Dec. 21, 2022

When I give advice to young wildlife professionals or those aspiring to go into this career, I always tell them to reverse engineer it. To “start with the end in mind,” (a quote from Stephen Covey), but what if you don’t kno…

From Web Developer to Starting an Environmental Career: Interview with Melina Shak

Dec. 7, 2022

Have you ever thought about starting an environmental career, but instead chose a more “safe” and “secure” route? Or maybe you are currently tempted by it or you simply didn’t know how to go about a wildlife career and took …

30 years of Wildlife Career Advice: Interview with fisheries biologist Scott Putnam

Nov. 10, 2022

It’s no secret that the wildlife or conservation field can be competitive, and many of you have always asked me, “How do I get my foot in the door?” or “Is there any chance that I will get a permanent job in the future?” And…

How I Wrote My First Books and You Can Too!

June 30, 2022

You may have heard me on social media talk about how I am writing a kids’ book and unless you are new to the podcast, you will already know that I wrote a book called Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and Wha…

9 Biggest Mistakes Struggling Wildlife Job Seekers Make

May 23, 2022

I know that so many of you out there are struggling to get jobs in wildlife biology. I see all of these posts in the wildlife Facebook groups, and when people join my own Facebook group, Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology, I …

Getting a Wildlife Career with NO Wildlife Experience: Interview with Ron Lewis

May 18, 2022

One of my favorite podcast episodes to share with people is #46: Starting a Wildlife Career at 40: Interview with Jeffrey Hunter . In this episode, I interview Jeffrey Hunter of the National Parks Conservation Association on…

What Do Careers with Endangered Species Look Like?

May 3, 2022

Whenever I talk to someone who wants my help, I always ask them “What is your ultimate career goal?” and frequently the answer is “something with endangered species. We’ve all seen the videos of scientists opening up a cage …

How Do Scientists Choose Their Research?

April 19, 2022

Students always ask me – how do I choose my research? When I was in graduate school, this question lingered over me for the first six months. How in the world, out of all of the things to study do I pick something? Most peop…

Should Wildlife Professionals Start a Side Hustle?

April 13, 2022

I was having some struggles in my business – specifically how to talk about my program to potential student. I was thinking about purchasing a new course to help me with this problem and I was asking my mastermind group memb…

Money Mindset in Conservation and Your Career

March 14, 2022

On this week's podcast, I talk about a hot button issue and one you probably wouldn't expect from a wildlife biology and conservation based podcast: money. I always knew I wouldn't make a lot of money in my career, but was s…

Being Productive When You Don’t Want to Be

March 1, 2022

Productivity seems to be more of a career-oriented topic, but this is actually really important in wildlife and conservation work, and it’s something that is often overlooked. When I was in graduate school and working as a p…

7 Ways to Become a Better Biologist on Your Own

Feb. 15, 2022

In mid 2020 when COVID shut so many things down ( virtually everything), a lot of people lost their volunteer positions, internships, or seasonal positions, and they felt that it really set them back in their career in terms…

Creating a Vision to Accelerate and Amplify Your Wildlife Goals

Feb. 1, 2022

Hello everyone. And welcome to the Fancy Scientist. We’re still pretty new into the new year, about the end of January. And I am going to talk about the importance of having a vision for the longest time. I did have certain …

Focus on What’s Important By Saying No

Jan. 18, 2022

Hi guys. I am back. Yes. It's been a minute. If you are a regular listener to this podcast, you will remember. At the end of September, I said I was taking a break originally. I had planned to just take October. But I ended …

The Best is Yet to Come: Thoughts on Getting Older and Life Changes

Sept. 28, 2021

Is age really just a number? But not me! Instead I developed a mindset to appreciate my age and be grateful for every day I have here. In this podcast, I talk about some major life changes for me – turning 40, changing caree…

Is Work-Life Balance in Science Possible?

Sept. 21, 2021

This is a science podcast, so why am I talking about work-life balance? Because so many scientists are bad at it! I can’t even tell you how many scientists brag about working 60 or even 80 hours a week. It seems like everyon…