The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
in Little Rock invites you to come by from noon until 1 p.m. one Wednesday a month for Wild Jobs: Lunch and Learn Series
This lunchtime speaker series provides opportunities to learn about the benefits and management of natural resources and public lands through professionals who work in the field. Speakers include biologists, wildlife officers, conservationists and other specialists whose “wild job” is to delve into subjects tied to Arkansas wildlife and habitat. Pack a lunch and experience nature downtown at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.
Jan. 22 Black Bear Biologist
Where are the black bears of Arkansas? How are they tracked? Meet a biologist who gets up-close and personal with Arkansas black bears.
Feb. 26 Burn Boss
Discover one of the hottest jobs on earth. A burn boss is the leader of a crew who starts and puts out fires. Not all fires are bad. When used carefully, fire can manage habitat for wildlife.
March 26 Fish Wrangler
Arkansas has more than 200 species of fish. Fisheries biologists know all about fish in Arkansas and the importance of fishable waters.
April 23 Rainbow Trout Provider
There is a tremendous and growing demand for trout fishing in Arkansas. Trout are raised in hatcheries and released into suitable habitats to meet the demand. Trout angling- related activities contribute millions of dollars to Arkansas’s economy annually.
May 21 Bat Counter
Working with bats can be very exciting, but also very challenging. Usually it involves working at night and devising methods to catch bats when they are flying. Are bat numbers in Arkansas increasing or decreasing? What is white-nose syndrome? Learn more from our statewide nongame mammal program coordinator.
June 25 Fish Shocker
Managing a lake can be a wild job, especially if you are catching fish to determine the health and population of species in the lake. But biologists on the lake don’t use a fishing pole to catch fish! Discover the different methods of managing fish and habitat on lakes in Arkansas.
July 23 Wildlife Celebrity
Television, radio, social media, and outdoor activities and events are just a hint at what a public affairs coordinator can do for the outdoors. The AGFC is more than just an agency that manages critters. An essential part of ensuring a healthy wildlife population involves people. Encouraging people to support wildlife, spend time in nature and develop outdoor skills is essential to the message of AGFC. Relaying that message is the wild job of a wildlife celebrity.
Aug. 27 Duck Counter
Just how many ducks visit Arkansas each year and how do you count them all? That’s the wild job of a waterfowl program coordinator.
Sept. 24 Herptofauna Expert
The word “herpetology” comes from the Greek herpeton that means “to creep.” The conservation of reptiles and amphibians – including snakes, frogs and turtles – may sound creepy to some but it is the wild job of the AGFC statewide herpetologist.
Oct. 22 Conservation Agent
Ensuring that people follow hunting and fishing laws is the job of a wildlife officer. Sometimes it involves busting bad guys in the dark of night! But they do so much more than that. From education to saving lives, an enforcement agent for conservation is a wild job.
Nov. 19 Trail Blazer
Wildlife viewing has become one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in the nation. Providing the public with hiking and paddling trails is an important job of a watchable wildlife coordinator. How do you build a trail in the water and where are these paddling paths?
Dec. 17 Urban Wildlife Ambassador
Do you have wild neighbors? Downtown habitat can be tricky when people share space with wildlife. Meet an urban wildlife biologist and learn more about wildlife in the city.