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How to have an academic career but still live on a farm

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by missychicky, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. missychicky

    missychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2009
    Milwuakie. OR
    Here I am barely through my first year of high school and planning for life after college...

    I know I want to go to college because as well as being the best time of your life a degree will get you so much farther. But I hate the idea of an office job, it would drive me INSANE on beautifull days. As far as I can tell the job that would be best for me is working for the forest service as some sort of field biologist as I love the outdoors. But then, I want to live on a great big farm with goats and ducks and chickens of course, and i dont see how how I can join the two gaols into one. I want to live on a farm and be at least somewhat of a farmer AND have a job as a environmental scientist. Do I have to choose between one or the other? Or is there some way I can join the two in a rewarding lifestyle? I don't know, mayby I've just had to much time on my hands to think.
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I am a zoologist with a small farm that work on others owned by state. Animals (fish, crayfish) are my primary study subjects that are raised for food and when raised in ponds interact considerably with wildlife and terrestrial livestock (cattle, goats and sheep). Much of my effort considers interactions between the three groups and managing for sustainable use of all. A fair portion of work involves getting belly deep in wildlife which makes a different experience every day. Such options will likely increase as efforts to conserve environment increase as human population pressure increases as well.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Talk to Dacjons on here..(hes usually in the office thread, i think?)
    He's an enviromental whosawhutzit guy..... and pretty darn nice too. I'm sure he'll be willing to answer some questions you may have....
    Go look him up... and good luck! [​IMG]
  4. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    An academic career can be very conducive to farm life as you "can" be "off" summers. Very dependent of field etc but most professors do their research in the summers so many are either home (internet etc) or in the field.

    May frequently stinks since you are getting started on crops when you are very busy at school. But, often the semester ends the first week of May leaving plenty of time to plant.

    Also my class schedule is somewhat flexible from semester to semester so I can work with the schedule my animals need. (Mostly that involved getting up really early LOL!!)

    I would suggest cruising through forestry services jobs opportunities to see what types of jobs are out there. Also try USAJobs.gov which can show you the VAST variety of tyoes of jobs which do not require you to sit in an office. It is a good idea to start your decision making early.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I have WHAT in my yard? is very much on ball with seasonality of work schedule. My area is similar to your stated interest and summer is the flex time.

    Another consideration is getting work experience at least related to your field(s) of interest. I routinely hire high school students as summer time research assistants. At very least it helps build up your resume. It can also help you decide if interest is with such work. It also helps develop connections with professionals in a given field of study. Several of my past high school student employees have gone on to study in the field we provided them experience with. Your age may prevent actually being hired at this point but getting noticed through volunteer work can get your foot in door when you are eligible and positions available.
  6. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    The other awesome thing about being a student is that you can call or e-mail ALL kinds of people in academia or in the fields that interest you and many if not most will respond.

    It is a good idea t talk to some on e who actually makes their living in the field of interest to find out what day to day life is like. And do not be too shocked if you discover that something else that college exposes you to interests you more than what you started in college to study! That is part of the point of college!!

    And yes, intern!!!!!!!! Do it! Awesome networking experiences and even better resume builders and even better getting a look at how organizations function......
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    And maybe in the back of your mind you'd consider veterinary school?? Lots of vets are large animal specialists who do most of their work going out to people's farms to tend to livestock... Keep your own and help others with theirs...

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