Yellowstone National Park presents a unique opportunity for young professionals pursuing a career in fisheries management and research. Every year seasonal fisheries technicians, Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns, and volunteers from all over the world are hired to join the fisheries team. Many who start as technicians or interns here go on to pursue graduate education and careers in the fisheries profession. This year, women represent 38% of the fisheries staff, a higher level than the fisheries profession in general. A study conducted by Oregon State University researchers and the U.S. Forest Service (Arismendi and Penaluna, 2016) found that just 26% of federal fisheries biologists (GS 11-15) are women. The study revealed that numbers for minorities are even lower. These disparities in race and gender in professions such as fisheries biology are important to highlight and discuss as we look toward diversifying the workforce in all branches of science.
Arismendi, I., and B.E. Penaluna. 2016. Examining diversity inequalities in fisheries science: a call to action. BioScience 66(7): 584-591.