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Wildlife Management Apprenticeship

South Carolina Waterfowl Association
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
South Carolina
Location Detail:
Pinewood SC
Job Description:

The Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprentice Program is a 2-year program designed to train the next generation of land management professionals who will make a large scale positive impact on Wildlife Management.

Candidates who have completed an associates, bachelors, or master degree can come to learn hands-on wildlife, fisheries, and natural resource management skills. Through the implementation of a quality curriculum, expert instructors, and a host of industry and landowner partners, we are equipping apprentices with the training and on-the-job experience needed to provide quality wildlife management on public and private lands.

This program is great place to kick start your career. Through SCWA and our partners, we have successfully placed one hundred percent of our Apprentices in desired wildlife management jobs.

Experience Opportunities:

Wildlife Management

• Planting and maintaining crops

• Pesticide applicator training

• Sprayer calibration

• Duck pond management and construction

• Trapping nuisance animals

• Tractor/Equipment maintenance

• Planter /Grain drill set up

• Quality deer management

• Prescribed burning training

• Bird dog training

• Early release quail management

• Pond fisheries management

• Wood duck nest box maintenance


• Running hunts(Duck,Deer,Quail,Turkey, Dove and Pheasant tower shoots)

• Accounting and Budgeting

• Food Service management

• Sporting Clays Course design and Management

Other Skills

• Basic Welding/Fabricating

• Basic Carpentry

• Basic HVAC

• Basic Electrical

• Basic plumbing

• Surveying


Applicant needs to have a strong desire to manage wildlife habitat and needs to have the ability to work well with others.



First year Apprentices receive an annual stipend of $ 17,500 along with lodging and utilities. Second year Apprentices receive an annual stipend of $22,500 along with lodging and utilities. All Apprentices can earn up to $5,000 in tips while guiding duck hunters participating in the SCWA duck hunt program. Upon completion each participant will receive a certification of completion of our certified program.


How to Apply:

To learn more about SCWA and our programs please visit If you are interested in our Apprentice Program, please contact Jonathan Patrick (


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