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Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, the Fancy Scientist, is a wildlife biologist who loves breaking stereotypes and talking about the natural world. In this podcast, she shares her knowledge of animals, experiences as a wildlife biologist, and simple lifestyle choices you can make to conserve nature. Her 17 years in wildlife biology taught her that science alone cannot save species. We need to take collective action through simple things we can do every day. This podcast is for anyone who likes animals and wants to help make the world a better place for them, and for us too. You’ll learn cool things about the animals around you from her own and other scientists’ research. She’ll also give tips for other scientists to succeed (that really ANYONE can use), strategies for effective science communication, and how she gained the confidence to become a fancy scientist. Hit subscribe and let’s change the world!

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Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, the Fancy Scientist, is a wildlife biologist who loves breaking stereotypes and talking about the natural world. In this podcast, she shares her knowledge of animals, experiences as a wildlife biologist, and simple lifestyle choices you can make to conserve nature. Her 17 years in wildlife biology taught her that science alone cannot save species. We need to take collective action through simple things we can do every day. This podcast is for anyone who likes animals and wants to help make the world a better place for them, and for us too. You’ll learn cool things about the animals around you from her own and other scientists’ research. She’ll also give tips for other scientists to succeed (that really ANYONE can use), strategies for effective science communication, and how she gained the confidence to become a fancy scientist. Hit subscribe and let’s change the world!

    Getting a Wildlife Career with NO Wildlife Experience: Interview with Ron Lewis

    Getting a Wildlife Career with NO Wildlife Experience: Interview with Ron Lewis

    One of my favorite podcast episodes to share with people is #46: Starting a Wildlife Career at 40: Interview with Jeffrey Hunter. In this episode, I interview Jeffrey Hunter of the National Parks Conservation Association on how he left his corporate job to pursue one in wildlife at 40. 
    One of the people listening to this was Ron Lewis. During the pandemic, Ron was let go from his engineering job at 49. He always loved wildlife and it had lingered in the back of his mind that he should pursue a wildlife career, but things always got in the way.
    One day he happened to be listening to the Jeffrey Hunter interview and it changed his life. This was the sign he needed – it was finally the perfect time to pursue this career. 
    Ron and I started talking on Instagram and I was so excited to hear this! But even more exciting was that Ron got a job right away – a full time job. And he was also back in school. 
    To be honest, this was pretty surprising to me. I hear all the time (and experienced it myself) about how difficult it is to get jobs. But he got one right away and with NO experience. How did he do it? I knew I had to have him on the podcast to find out.
    In this episode, we talk about just exactly that – how Ron got a job once he made the decision to pursue this career. As you’ll find out, Ron is a master networker, so it wasn’t just luck. We also talk about how having mechanical experience is a big asset in this field. 
    Specifically, we talk about:
    What were Ron’s first steps to transitioning to a career in wildlifeHow Ron networked effectively (and you can too)How Ron’s previous job helped him get his wildlife jobUnexpected skills that will help you in wildlife jobsWhat kinds of non-wildlife jobs are best to get if you can’t get a wildlife jobWhat Unity online college is likeand MORE!For full show notes click here
    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 50 min
    What Do Careers with Endangered Species Look Like?

    What Do Careers with Endangered Species Look Like?

    Whenever I talk to someone who wants my help, I always ask them “What is your ultimate career goal?” and frequently the answer is “something with endangered species.
    We’ve all seen the videos of scientists opening up a cage with a wolf inside, and it sprinting out of it to return to the wild where it belongs, or some variation of that with another species. These videos are so inspiring and uplifting – they make us feel so good and like there is hope for conservation. But there’s a lot of work that goes into those few moments of release that you don’t see. 
    We go into this career because we love wildlife, and much of our wildlife is in crisis, so it makes sense that so many people want to do endangered species work – they want to make a difference and have an impact. But what does it really entail? What does it look like? 
    On this week’s podcast, I talk about what it’s like to work in careers with endangered species. I realize this is a GIGANTIC topic and there’s no way that I could cover it all in one podcast, but here I give you a taste of what some of those careers look like. 
    I especially focus on reintroductions, not because this is the majority of endangered species careers, but because so many of people want to go into and are fascinated by these careers. 
    If you’ve ever wanted to work with endangered species or are curious about all of the science and prep work that goes into reintroductions, today I am peeling back the curtain to show you what that research is really like.

    For full show notes click here
    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 
    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more?
    Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/
    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 30 min
    How Do Scientists Choose Their Research?

    How Do Scientists Choose Their Research?

    Students always ask me – how do I choose my research? When I was in graduate school, this question lingered over me for the first six months. How in the world, out of all of the things to study do I pick something?
    Most people will tell you to follow your passion – but what happens if you (like me) are passionate about many things? How do you choose? Or what if you aren’t sure what you are passionate about at all? 
    Surprisingly, choosing your research based on what you are passionate about alone is bad advice. In this video, I explain why. 
    If you are going into a research career, listening to this video is a must – especially if you expect to be the one leading the research (a principal investigator) because your research will likely set you up for your entire career trajectory.
    If you’re not a scientist or not going into research, this episode is still worth a listen. You’ll understand how scientists approach their area of interest and structure their research.  
    For full show notes click here
    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 
    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 
    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/
    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 16 min
    Should Wildlife Professionals Start a Side Hustle?

    Should Wildlife Professionals Start a Side Hustle?

    I was having some struggles in my business – specifically how to talk about my program to potential student.
    I was thinking about purchasing a new course to help me with this problem and I was asking my mastermind group members what they thought.
    It was a big chunk of change: $2,000. Normally we encourage each other to invest in ourselves, but one of my members felt like I already had the training I needed – and that it was more of my mindset I needed help with. 
    She also suggested I could receive free training if I sign up to be an affiliate for a program I enrolled in two years ago. I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t think the program would be fit for my audience, but she pushed me anyway to get me to learn more about the process.
    Shortly after I signed up, the wildlife biologist above made that comment. I also thought about another wildlife biologist with a big following on Instagram who sells products and then I thought, maybe there is something to this? Maybe this is something my audience would be interested in. 
    I am blown away by the opportunity that is out there nowadays and I invite you to join me to entertain the thought of starting your own digital side hustle. 
    For full show notes click here
    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 29 min
    Money Mindset in Conservation and Your Career

    Money Mindset in Conservation and Your Career

    On this week's podcast, I talk about a hot button issue and one you probably wouldn't expect from a wildlife biology and conservation based podcast: money. I always knew I wouldn't make a lot of money in my career, but was surprised at how low the salary levels were for the jobs I qualified for. 
    And lately there's been a lot of talk about things like unpaid internships and volunteering in our career and that young professionals shouldn't take them and organizations shouldn't offer them. As someone who has worked for an institution and has mentored over a dozen students - only one of which was paid, this is not realistically an option and I have a lot of doubt that it will increase inclusion and diversity.
    I was nervous recording this episode because I'm going to say some things that I'm sure a lot of people won't agree with. But I am all about empowering you. An empowering question to ask yourself is "what can I do?" The goal of this podcast is not necessarily to debate the above topics, but to reframe your thinking and ultimately your belief system, so that it works in favor for you to advance to where you want to be in this current career climate.
    I've personally been working on my money mindset for years now and I've learned a lot from the entrepreneurial world about how our beliefs limit us. Today, I invite you to think of things differently - or at least be open to it. I compare wildlife careers to other fields, talk about volunteering and unpaid internships from the perspective of an employer, and give you examples of people from other careers in bad money situations who were able to make it happen for them. 
    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 44 min
    Being Productive for Wildlife Conservation

    Being Productive for Wildlife Conservation

    Productivity seems to be more of a career-oriented topic, but this is actually really important in wildlife and conservation work, and it’s something that is often overlooked.
    When I was in graduate school and working as a postdoc, I often felt so overwhelmed with all the work I had to do. I know that many other people out there feel exactly the same way. There’s several reasons for this.
    First, there’s just a lot of problems to work on regarding wildlife and conservation. Human population growth keeps increasing and therefore we continue to have issues with habitat destruction and loss, human wildlife conflict, and of course we have climate change to name a few. There are just so many things for us to work on! 
    Another big component is about the support – or should I say the lack of support. To effectively work on the increasing number of problems we have, we really need the funding to be able to hire for a lot of positions to employ people to help solve these.
    But we don’t have that in wildlife and conservation work. Our field is very poorly funded compared to other fields. Although the data and trends show that conservation nature jobs are increasing. They’re not increasing at the same level as people who want to enter the career or graduate. In other words, there’s more work out there with fewer people doing the work meaning professionals have to do more work for each job than they used to. 
    It’s really important, therefore, that we be productive so that we can efficiently work on conservation and wildlife problems!
    On top of that, conservation and wildlife work carries an emotional “weight” that can make it difficult to work sometimes. 
    In the past few years, I became an entrepreneur running the Fancy Scientist (i.e. the blog you are reading right now!). I have listened to a lot of entrepreneurial podcasts, audio books, and have taken many courses. The mindset between scientists and entrepreneurs is incredibly different. Scientists can learn so much from the entrepreneurial world about how to be more productive. The processes behind many of the things that we are doing in the science/conservation arena is a slow and inefficient way to do things.
    In this podcast, I share with you my biggest tip. It’s the most important tip and it will likely surprise you. 

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/
    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

Whatstheword91737478292 ,

Definitely listen!

Great podcast with helpful information! As an aspiring wildlife biologist, Dr. Stephanie Schuttler is an inspiration and spreading essential tips and necessary conservation information.

KGLeung ,

We need this podcast!

Finally have time to listen to this podcast! Communication on wildlife and the environment as a whole is super important these days, especially when reaching out to lay audiences worldwide. This podcast is doing just that in dispelling any myths and misconceptions about wildlife.

flipflopjimmy ,

Great podcast, even for a non-scientist

So far I’ve listened to animal selfies and see a snake. I like how Stephanie breaks down the topic from a scientific way, adds in her own beliefs, talks about what she’s learned along the way (which may mean she’s changed her behavior), and makes it easy enough for someone who just cares about animals to hear a great topic and learn at the same time.
Thanks!

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