Jason Walter

Senior Technician, Aquatic Biology Program, Weyerhaeuser Company

BS in Fish and Wildlife Ecology, Minor in Environmental Studies

 

What attracted you to your chosen field?

A Passion for math and science, a love of the outdoors, and a challenge of conducting quality research.

What do you like best about the field?

It provides the opportunity to understand forest and stream ecosystems, to work in the outdoors, and to develop relationships with fellow workers interested in the same things. Also, I like the intellectual challenges associated with problem solving within research projects.

What are some personal challenges you have faced in your field?

Lack of understanding that many in the general public have for what we really do.

What does the future hold for your chosen field?

Increased cooperation between interest groups to provide increased benefit to the resource... I hope.

What things can students do to prepare for a career in this field?

Students can prepare with a solid background in science. Math and writing skills are also important. You must be willing to work hard, in tough conditions when necessary. Be willing to work cooperatively... the best work is done in groups, across disciplines, agencies, etc. DIVERSIFY YOURSELF... don't get "pigeon holed" early in your career and/or education.