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Scientific/Nature Photographer

Picture yourself deep in the woods or far under the ocean. You are ready to capture a special moment on film. To be a nature photographer, you need a keen eye and a strong interest in science. You may face harsh conditions, too—bugs, scorching heat, bone-chilling cold. A nature photographer also needs patience. A single shot of a rare fish might take days or even weeks to get. When you finally capture that perfect moment, it is all worth it.

Photographers take pictures of people, places, or things. They want us to get a special feeling when we see their pictures. They take pictures to sell products, entertain people, report the news, or bring back memories.

Besides beautiful wildlife photos, photographers can also be found in the fashion world and sporting events. Learn more about the exciting life of photographers.

Photographers produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event.

Swimming With Sharks
Meet Charles Maxwell, an underwater photographer who loves to swim with sharks. In this page, you can read an interview with Charles and find out more about life as an underwater photographer. Make sure to look at the photo galleries to view Charles’ photos.


Do you love the outdoors? Perhaps you should think about a career as a forester. To become a forester, you need a college degree in forestry science. As a forester, you are the manager of a forest or wilderness area. Your job is to help protect and make the best use of the land. Is it safe for hiking, camping, and hunting? Could part of the land be used for logging or some other industry? These are the types of questions that a forester must face every day.

Why I Decided to Become a Forester
Mary Ann Buenzow talks about why she decided to become a forester. Find out the “Good Things” and the “Hard Things About Being a Forester.” You can also take a “Tools of the Trade” quiz.

Forestry as a Career
Is Forestry the career for you? The Global Association of Online Foresters (G.A.O.F.) provides this free service to help you find out about Forestry as a career and as a profession.

Conservation Scientists and Foresters
Conservation scientists and foresters manage their use and development and help to protect these and other natural resources, and for this reason are becoming known as natural resource managers.

Can't see the forest for the trees? That's certainly not true of foresters, who keep a sharp eye out on both the forest and the trees.

Forestry Is Important
Forests affect nearly every aspect of our lives. Forest resources provide the raw materials for our homes, our workplaces, the books and newspapers we read, and the packaging that contains our food and other products of our labor.

Junior Snow Ranger
Meet Snow Ranger Marianne Leberman and Avalanche Rescue Dog, Tuckerman.

What do you do as a Forestry Technician?
Meet Veronica McCabe Forestry Technician, Tonto National Forest, Phoenix, AZ.

Careers in Earth Science: Forest Ranger
America's forest land is managed largely by the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. In addition to maintaining the man-made objects in the park, like roads and buildings, the Park Service's Forest Rangers oversee the safety of both man and beast in their care.