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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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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

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!

    How I Wrote My First Books and You Can Too!

    How I Wrote My First Books and You Can Too!

    You may have heard me on social media talk about how I am writing a kids’ book and unless you are new to the podcast, you will already know that I wrote a book called Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know. I am so excited to announce that my kids’ book, My First Book of Earth, is now available for pre-order and will soon be available everywhere on August 2nd.
    With this official news, lots of people have been asking me, how I did this. Today I am going into detail about that – talking about the entire experience – from setting it up, writing, and getting it published with a publishing company.
    For the second part of the podcast, I’m also gonna tell you about my experience writing my other book, Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology, which is a book I self-published in 2020. This is a book I wrote entirely by myself – with no publisher – and has done well since its release selling hundreds of copies.
    Writing both of these books has been such a fun experience and great learning process. I really hope this podcast inspires you to write a book if this is something you have been thinking about. This is something you really can do!
    I am going to break it down for you and also talk about the advantages of working with a publisher and self-publishing. Specifically, I talk about:
    How I was approached by publisherHow long it took me to write both booksMy process for writing for kids and for adultsMy process for writing when working with a publisher and on my ownThe challenges that come with writing a kids’ book including maintaining scientific accuracy without using jargon and sticking to a word limitHow the books were designedHow I was inspired to write a bookAn overview of how to self-publishHow I used the Best Self Journal to write my bookWhat you need to know about marketing your book during the pre-release phaseand MORE!
    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

    • 35 min
    9 Biggest Mistakes Struggling Wildlife Job Seekers Make

    9 Biggest Mistakes Struggling Wildlife Job Seekers Make

    I know that so many of you out there are struggling to get jobs in wildlife biology. I see all of these posts in the wildlife Facebook groups, and when people join my own Facebook group, Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology, I reach out to them and ask them what they’re struggling with. I truly understand how tough it is out there to get a job.
    There is more competition than ever before, and the requirements have changed. What used to get you a job is not good enough now. People are frustrated, tired, feeling defeated, and honestly just quite sad.
    So I’m doing something that I’ve never done before. If you are sick and tired of not having a job in wildlife biology, if you’ve been applying and applying and applying and can’t get anything, or if you are training for a job in wildlife and you’re scared, then you are going to want in on this four day workshop that I am doing for the very first time.
    At 8:00 PM Eastern time starting June six, I am going to be condensing and sharing with you the four most important things to have, do, and be for wildlife biology careers. This also pertains to ecology, conservation biology, biology, zoology, and all of the “ologies.” This is all free. It’s based on my nearly 20 years of experience. You are going to want to get in on this workshop.
    For today’s podcast as a lead-up to the workshop, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the biggest mistakes that I see that people do when they are trying to get a job.
    No matter where you are in your career – if you are at the very beginning stages or if you are applying for jobs, frustrated, crying, and punching pillows, then you’re going to want to listen to this episode. These are the top nine mistakes that I see people do who are struggling to get jobs in wildlife biology, ecology, conservation biology, and related fields.

    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

    • 32 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

Otttessa ,

Valuable info, great advice, wonderful person!

This podcast has SUCH great advice for students, recent grads, AND wildlife professionals. I landed a high value internship following her advice! I recommend this podcast to anyone I meet in the wildlife field.

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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.

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