Erin Riley

Erin Riley

Wildlife Biologist


AECOM

Education

High School
Paint Branch High School
Bachelor
University of Maryland-College Park

Career

Wildlife Biologist

I study wildlife in relation to permitting projects under environmental laws.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Science
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

A great day involves chasing butterflies, looking for birds, finding toads, and getting paid to spend time in beautiful places! Sensitive resources are mapped and studied for breeding, migration, etc. Later comes reporting and relating findings to preservation goals or impact assessments and permitting. Often, there are solution/mitigation goals to be thought through such as designing wildlife undercrossings when a new road is being built or minimizing bird collisions with wind turbines.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Time outside studying nature is the best form of building skills. Pick a passion and follow it. Studying trees or birds or fish or restoration or wetlands or ??? A foundation in ecology and ecosystems functioning is necessary. Other skills that can be gained outside of school are GIS and studying local environmental laws.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Follow your passion. Take all necessary coursework to obtain a degree in biology or environmental sciences. But know in your heart you are following your passion. You will never be unhappy at work throughout your career.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor