Fish and Wildlife Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

An instructor holding a sample fish during a tagging and marking field experience

Discover the importance of our ecosystem and the role you play in preserving it. At our outdoor learning centers you'll gain first-hand experience studying and protecting our local wildlife using a variety of industry-standard equipment.

The Experience

If you're interested in fish and wildlife, the Finger Lakes region provides an exceptional outdoor classroom.

Field Experiences

Fisheries field experiences are conducted on and off campus on a variety of freshwater bodies including streams, ponds, and lakes. Currently, FLCC owns six research vessels, including a state-of-the-art electrofishing boat.

Wildlife experiences take place primarily on the main campus and the College's two field stations.

Hands-on experiences with wildlife includes small mammal trapping, bird banding, and amphibian surveys. Non-invasive wildlife work includes camera trap studies, track identification, and bird surveys.

As a Fish and Wildlife Technology major, you will utilize industry-standard equipment such as:

  • Water Sampling
  • Testing Devices
  • Backpack Electrofishers
  • Fish Tagging and Marking Equipment
  • Aquatic Sampling Nets
  • Telemetry
  • Camera Traps
  • Mist Nets

Research Opportunities

The Research and Education Center located at FLCC's Muller Field Station, south of Honeoye Lake, will provide you with a unique learning experience in fish culture and aquaculture. Fish culturing operations focus on the collection, spawning, raising and stocking of walleye by utilizing intensive and extensive techniques. You'll also be trained in water recirculation and learn biofiltration techniques for various aquaculture applications.

The Muller Field Station is home to our spotted salamander migration study, a long-term camera trap monitoring program and various opportunities to observe wetland wildlife via canoe.

As the program progresses, you will be expected to become proficient in the field identification of wildlife and their sign. Natural areas on campus and at FLCC's two field stations will be supplemented with field trips to various locations throughout the Finger Lakes region and beyond.


As a Fish and Wildlife Technology major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • FLCC Conservation Faculty Award
  • FLCC Horticulture Faculty Award
  • Francis Finnick Memorial Conservation Award

FLCC Foundation Scholarships


Full-time faculty in the Environmental Conservation and Horticulture Department earned graduate degrees at institutions such as Syracuse University, Utah State University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lehigh University, SUNY Brockport, and the University of Rochester. Complementing the decades of experience teaching at the college level, FLCC's faculty has lived and worked from Maine to Hawaii within the conservation field.

Adjunct faculty teach specialty classes, with diverse backgrounds that include resource professionals for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Identify predominant regional species (e.g. plant, fish, mammal, bird) and their natural histories.
  • Apply ethical principles for treatment of animals.
  • Apply best management principles (BMPs) for the management of natural resources.
  • Practice essential career skills (e.g. operate equipment) commonly used in the natural resources field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the fish and wildlife technology degree program will be competitive candidates for entry-level positions within state, local, and federal natural resource agencies. Graduates will also be employable at private fish hatcheries, wildlife preserves, and environmental consulting firms.

Career opportunities include:

  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Fish Culturist
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Hatchery Technician/Operator
  • Fish and Wildlife Biologist
  • Nuisance Wildlife Control
  • Environmental Educator

Additionally, positions exist in the private sector and with government agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In this growing field, graduates will also have the potential for self-employment.

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"The Fish and Wildlife Technology program created an opportunity for me to explore career options by providing me experience and knowledge through classroom instruction and fieldwork."