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The major employers of natural resource specialists are the state conservation agencies. In your home state, these would be your state Department of Natural Resources or Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Parks and Forestry.

The federal government also is a major employer of natural resource managers and scientists. For example, within the Department of the Interior, this includes the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service. Within the Department of Agriculture, this includes the Forest Service and Soil Conservation Service. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also employs resource specialists, as do the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and Commerce.

In more densely populated areas of the nation, city and county governments now employ resource specialists. A number of the more progressive private utilities and landholding corporations engaged in lumber, paper and mining operations also employ trained resource specialists.

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