The Wildlife Society Conference

Redding, CA, Feb 6-8, 2008:  For the third consecutive year, eight Feather River College students were able to attend The Wildlife Society Western Section’s annual conference recently in Redding.  Over 400 wildlife professionals attended the event, with over 100 presentations to choose from.  Faculty members Darla DeRuiter and Darrel Jury coordinated the visit, procured funding, and accompanied the students.

Attending the conference “was a great experience.  I’ve never been to a conference before and it was great to see what goes on at one.  There were a lot of interesting presentations.  It was great to see all the studies and job opportunities in the wildlife field,” said Alana Semmel, an Environmental Studies student. 

A ll eight students volunteered 8 hours at the conference in order to waive their registration fee.  The Sacramento-Shasta Chapter and the Western Section of The Wildlife Society provided funding for student meals, the student environmental club (FR-SEA) contributed funds for student lodging, and Feather River College funds paid for transportation and faculty attendance.

Another highlight was a resume workshop presented by Barbara Peters of Humboldt State University (retired).  Said Cassie Beaver, “Before the workshop I felt uncomfortable about my lack of experience, yet during Barbara’s presentation, I realized that my skills and abilities are already a significant asset.  I am excited about the direction my studies are going and the possibilities that have opened up for me.”

Students have opportunities to interact with wildlife professionals during the presentations, social mixers, a student / professional luncheon, and a job fair.  Seth Picker said, “I have gained so much more confidence to approach people and have conversations and network,” and Gigi Wheeler commented, “I learned so much during this conference, it was an amazing opportunity for me.  I can’t wait to start making contacts for jobs this summer!”

The Environmental Studies program at FRC aims to broaden students’ exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of the field and enhance opportunities to transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Attending The Wildlife Society conference is one way that program faculty strive to provide students with practical experiences that will enhance their professional lives.  To find out more, contact Darla DeRuiter at 283-0202 x262 or dderuiter@frc.edu.

To learn more about The Wildlife Society, check out their website.








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