The Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprentice Program is a 2-year graduate program with the goal of improving habitat management throughout the Southeast. Candidates who have completed a 2-year or 4-year degree are able to participate in 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 a 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-related jobs. During your time as an Apprentice, you will participate in the following annual activities. 

Wildlife Management

• Planting and maintaining crops • Pesticide applicator training • Sprayer calibration • Duckpond 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) • 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 • Turf Management •