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Wildlife Biologist wants to know - are there jobs?

Hello all, thanks for reading my thread.

I found an old, 2013 thread similar to this one but I would like an updated opinion.

Could anyone give me any insights into the prospects for getting a job in wildlife biology/ecology/conservation biology here in the canton of Zurich? Or neighbouring cantons which are easily accessible? What is the climate/demand for these jobs in Switzerland?

My background is in avian biology, with a BSc Zoology and a MSc (Biodiversity & Conservation). I only speak English, but I've been putting effort into learning German. I moved here with the plan to pursue a PhD, but I feel my partner needs more financial support as his IT salary isn't quite supporting the two of us.

I've been looking at sites like www.naturschutz.ch, www.greenjobs.de, www.eth-gethired.ch, www.wildtier.ch. I've not had much success with applying, tend to be rejected at breakneck speeds. I've sent a few emails to companies that aren't advertising, just to see what I get out of that. I've also got in touch with a few places about volunteering, as this would at least keep me in the area of where I want to work and maybe help with the language problem, but I've not heard back from any of them. Am I going about this the right way? Protips welcomed.

Thanks again for reading, I'd appreciate any insights. It's hard to get a feel for the sector from just reading articles online as there's not much out there.
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Re: Wildlife Biologist wants to know - are there jobs?

The MyScience.ch job board website lists research jobs in life sciences:

https://www.myscience.ch/jobs/Life+Sciences

BNF is a governmental organization that helps academics find project work in CH. This is the current list of projects:

http://www.bnf.unibe.ch/unibe/portal...-33-41_ger.pdf

- Normally, the BNF applicant needs to be registered with RAV as RAV/Kasse bears the cost of employment.

Also, please see my posts 5 and 7 at this link for other job boards and some ideas on applying for positions in CH;

https://www.englishforum.ch/jobs-wan...ing-roles.html
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Hello all, thanks for reading my thread.

I found an old, 2013 thread similar to this one but I would like an updated opinion.

Could anyone give me any insights into the prospects for getting a job in wildlife biology/ecology/conservation biology here in the canton of Zurich? Or neighbouring cantons which are easily accessible? What is the climate/demand for these jobs in Switzerland?

My background is in avian biology, with a BSc Zoology and a MSc (Biodiversity & Conservation). I only speak English, but I've been putting effort into learning German. I moved here with the plan to pursue a PhD, but I feel my partner needs more financial support as his IT salary isn't quite supporting the two of us.

I've been looking at sites like www.naturschutz.ch, www.greenjobs.de, www.eth-gethired.ch, www.wildtier.ch. I've not had much success with applying, tend to be rejected at breakneck speeds. I've sent a few emails to companies that aren't advertising, just to see what I get out of that. I've also got in touch with a few places about volunteering, as this would at least keep me in the area of where I want to work and maybe help with the language problem, but I've not heard back from any of them. Am I going about this the right way? Protips welcomed.

Thanks again for reading, I'd appreciate any insights. It's hard to get a feel for the sector from just reading articles online as there's not much out there.
I can't really help you with your applications but that is an incredibly niche industry that is probably already well-filled with Swiss or native German-speaking candidates... not to mention many positions will be filled by students studying these things in Switzerland as part of their ongoing studies. I doubt a foreigner with low German reading and writing skills is of much interest unless they are incredibly specialized to the point of being a leader in their field.

You also do not mention your age and experience with working in that field after you completed your studies.
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a leader in their field.
I just think it's necessary to quickly point out that wildlife biologists, contrary to stereotypes, do not always work in a field.

They can also be found in forests, on mountain sides, or wading in rivers.

It's a common misconception.
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Thank you! I'd not heard of BNF, exactly the kind of insight I needed! Very helpful.

Additionally, I'm aware that I'm very niche. More so than the average wildlife biologist, also, as I have specialised only in birds and within that taxon only in raptorial birds. Sadly, I've also been working as a zoo keeper (exotic birds) for the last 3 years and doing short temp roles in ecology (e.g. 2 weeks winter roost monitoring) or volunteering on various projects on the side (e.g. bird ringing in Thailand). I am looking at zoo work too, but the Swiss requirements for zoo keeping seem beyond my reach at the moment. I'm 26, if age matters.
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