Green Projects Benefitting Wildlife Biologists 


What’s the hottest job on the market today? Wildlife biology, if you can believe it. This is due to the fact that the recent onslaught of green projects necessitates a whole slew of new ground surveyors. You see, whenever a company wants to build a big solar grid right on top of a field somewhere, a team of wildlife biologists must first be brought in to approve the area for construction.

Most solar energy plants are being built in wide open areas in the Southwest, where endangered species are unfortunately likely to thrive. Environmental law mandates that the habitats of endangered species cannot be harmed or disrupted by the construction of building projects, so animals such as the kit fox and desert tortoise may be in trouble if companies just start plopping down structures left and right.

Because of this law, before companies can build, they must have a team of wildlife biologists scour the land for protected creatures. Just in the past year, engineering company URS has employed nearly 40 biologists to tackle its list of green projects. These professionals can earn anywhere from $30,000 to $120,000 dollars a year.

"It's a good time to be a biologist - it's never been busier in my 15 years in the business," says Angela Leiba, a senior project manager for URS.

However, those interested in the field of wildlife biology should definitely be prepared for some hard work. The job is quite labor-intensive, and a team of 30 to 50 people is needed in order to complete just one project. This news goes to show that the green movement stands to benefit everyone, and could be a redeeming factor in our fledgling economy.

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