Pursue Your Passion for Nature with a New Career Path

Start turning your passion for the outdoors into a career at Penn Foster College. In our Wildlife and Forestry Conservation program, you can learn about important aspects of managing wildlife, parks and forests, as well as understanding safety in nature, conservation issues, and wildlife law enforcement. Follow your dreams for a career in the great outdoors and make school work for you — learn at home or on-the-go at a pace that's right for you.

Why Work in the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Field?

Work in a field that is making an impact on the planet — all while loving what you do. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum to help you apply your knowledge in a real-world setting, whether working for a government agency, animal conservation group, forestry management service, or other organization.
Why Work in the Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Field?
Why Choose Penn Foster College?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
On-Demand Learning
On-Demand Learning
No set class schedules so you set the pace and study when you can. Learn at home or on the go — you decide when to start and take your classes.
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Forestry and Wildlife Conservation students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Wildlife and Forestry Conservation Course Details

In the Penn Foster College Wildlife/Forestry Conservation program you’ll study topics like state and federal laws protecting wildlife, types of violations, forest ecology, regeneration methods, and employment opportunities in wildlife, forest, fish, and park management. This online diploma program includes National Audubon Society and National Parks Field Guides to help you research and better understand a variety of animal species.
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Wildlife & Forestry Tuition
With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Forestry and Wildlife Management training online today.
I studied Wildlife/Forestry Conservation which was an amazing course it was so much fun... I wanted to finally be able to give back to the environment. I know that my purpose is to take care of the environment... And that's why I was excited to get into the program.
Marckus P.
Wildlife/Forestry Conservation Graduation
Wildlife and Forestry woman


Q. What does a typical wildlife and forestry conservation job description look like?

A. There are a variety of jobs available for those who have studied wildlife/forestry conservation, so job descriptions can be quite unique. However, each job from a park manager or working for a forestry management service, toa career in game control, has a few things in common. Most job descriptions will require you to work outdoors often, so a love of nature is a must. Workers in these roles should also be passionate about protecting and conserving the environment, especially plants and wildlife.

Q. What is the average wildlife and forestry conservation salary?

A. The average salary for someone working in wildlife and forestry conservation can vary based on location, experience, and the type of role you work in. However, an entry-level worker in wildlife and forestry can expect to earn an average starting salary of $31,770¹ per year.

Q. What is the importance of environmental conservation?

A. As more attention is paid to the environment, including ways to halt and reverse the negative impact of climate change, environmental conservation will become more important than ever. By conserving the environment and actively working toward helping wildlife and building up our forests, workers in this field are fighting to ensure the world we live in is safe for humans and animals.

Q. What can I do with a degree in wildlife and forestry conservation?

A. As a wildlife/forestry conservation graduate, you can take the next steps toward a career in a variety of related positions in different environments, including:

  • Local, state, or federal parks services
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Game warden
  • Conservation groups
  • And wildlife rescue centers

Q. What should I expect from a forestry degree program?

A. A career diploma in wildlife/forestry conservation should cover wildlife management classes, park management classes, field safety, and wildlife law enforcement. You can view more on our Forestry & Wildlife Curriculum page.

Q. How do I get involved in wildlife and forestry?

A. If you’re new to wildlife and forestry, you can take your first steps toward learning about and preparing for a job in the field through relevant education. As a student, you may also consider volunteering for local organizations and job shadowing different forestry roles in your area.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Forest and Conservation Workers, on the Internet here (visited June 25, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.