Hey everyone! So there's a position I think I'd really like. It's a wildlife assistant manager position, but I feel underqualified for it. It says that you have to have managerial experience and some animal rehab certification is preferred, which I don't have. I found the manager on LinkedIn and I'm thinking about reaching out to her and seeing if I could possibly shadow her for a day or a few hours and just see what the job would be like. I haven't applied to the job yet because honestly a managerial position seems a little intimidating since I've never done anything like that before, but I would love to work in a wildlife position. I do have job experience in the environmental sciences but it's more in the educational aspect (which is a small portion of this assistant manager position).
I personally don’t see why not. My advisor in undergrad got her position as a professor by being persistent and shooting for the stars. They wanted someone with a doctorate and she only had a master’s, she did have a j.d. though as well and she ended up getting the job she had impressed them so much. Never hurts to try.
A lot of times people put up qualifications just to weave out the people who aren’t confident enough to do the job!!! You applying for the job shows that you are ambitious and confident and ready to take on the position!! Go for it and you never know, you might be surprised!
I would reach out to her, the worst thing she can say is no! That being said, don't be surprised if you don't get hired, I've worked for several zoos and they generally hands on experience with animals seriously. If you have any experience volunteering with animals, definitely mention that!
I agree that you should apply. I'm in retail management but had to take a 3-year hiatus when I thought I was doctor material and in school for that. A week after finding out I had to withdraw from school I feeled-out positions and garnered an ASM position that same week. Be confident!!