A Career on the Wild Side: DNR Wildlife Biologist - View the video
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
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Nancy Frost grew up on a dairy farm and always had a love of the outdoors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management at UW-Stevens Point. After graduating, she held a variety of Limited Term Employee Positions (LTE) for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Some of these jobs included working on the Mississippi River doing research in fisheries and water quality; working in Southern Wisconsin planting prairies and doing habitat work on public lands; and working on a duck research project capturing ducks and attaching radio transmitters on them to track their nest success. Nancy went on to work as the DNR’s Upland Species Assistant working with staff statewide on Upland Species programs. As well, she worked for Pheasants Forever (a conservation organization) as a Habitat Specialist in Southwest Wisconsin. In that position Nancy worked with private landowners on managing their properties for wildlife. In 2006, Nancy was hired as a permanent employee for the DNR as a Wildlife Biologist and currently holds the position for the Dane County region.
It’s hard to describe a day-in-the-life of a Wildlife Biologist. So says Nancy Frost, a wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who researches and manages all kinds of wild creatures. Duties can vary from day-to-day and even differ throughout the year for various regions of the state. Wildlife Biologists are often property managers for DNR public lands, working on habitat management for those properties based on species focus or natural community focus. Nancy explains what it is like to take on this career working on the wild side. (Running Time 21:04)