A falconer uses birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, falcons or owls to control in an environmentally friendly way the behavioural patterns of pest bird species such as pigeons, gulls, starlings and sparrows as well as to trap and euthanize/exterminate or relocate pest animals and wildlife affecting agricultural production.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A high school diploma is required and an associates or higher degree in wildlife management, environmental sciences or poultry science may be preferred along with various certifications and licensing for handling birds of prey.
To pursue a career as a falconer:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on science, earth science, biology, botany, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
Where can I work? How much money will I make?
Falconers are typically self-employed and may be hired to preform falconry work for vineyards, produce farms such as blueberries, grapes and cherries, golf courses and grain storage facilities.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a falconer will be fair over the next five years.
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