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Old Mar 11th 2012, 1:24 pm
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Hello guys,

I am soon to complete my Bsc in Psychology and would like to either Master in conservation Biology or gain work in the Sunshine state...any pointers or anybody working in the ethology or science areas with other species in Florida?

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Old Mar 11th 2012, 1:30 pm
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Read this sticky first:

http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Pulaski%27s_Ways:_How_to_Live_and_Work_in_the_USA

Then come back with specific questions.
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Hello guys,

I am soon to complete my Bsc in Psychology and would like to either Master in conservation Biology or gain work in the Sunshine state...any pointers or anybody working in the ethology or science areas with other species in Florida?

Kind Regards in advance
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You could look for and apply for a masters program. If accepted, you could enter on an F-1 (student) visa and on completing the masters would be eligible for a 1-year work experience "visa" (Google Optional Practical Training). There is a lot of paperwork involved and a complicated, long road, but it's one possible option.

You would need enough money to show that you could support yourself during your masters studies (depending on whether you get an assistantship or scholarship, this could be anything up to $50,000 or more.
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I don't have any specific information, but Florida is a Mecca for marine biology & environmental hydrology programs. There's plenty of water down there, fresh and salty!! Also, when it's hot the water is the place to be.
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Hello guys,

I am soon to complete my Bsc in Psychology and would like to either Master in conservation Biology or gain work in the Sunshine state...any pointers or anybody working in the ethology or science areas with other species in Florida?

Kind Regards in advance
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If you have Canadian citizenship, you may have a few more options than most Brits, in particular the NAFTA TN-1 visa.
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Thank you so much for the kind responses people

It is appreciated. I shall look at both the Masters option and the work options but good to know Florida has an abundance of wildlife and water!

Many thanks for a warm welcome
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Makes a change from Pool Cleaning.

Would you like to do some on the side?
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J1 internship might be doable on top of the F1 for further education.

TN visa is another option, depending on what type of work you're looking for.
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Boiler ...anything that gets me in to the US would be a bonus! As for the work I want to do..I am specialising in conservation biology so that's sexual selection in species, adaptations, genetics and behaviours..so anything simple from husbandry to leading research in the field or panther tagging- that sort of thing!

I had the US flag flying from my room from the age of 12 and swore I would move there..I was planning to go to Malaysia recently but if the work in in Florida I can look there...thank you guys n gals Oh and nope -not just another Brit wanting to go to the US as such that was the childhood dream..the point now at my age is the species I specialise in for work Florida does seem to offer many different areas to research in.

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I am specialising in conservation biology so that's sexual selection in species, adaptations, genetics and behaviours..so anything simple from husbandry to leading research in the field or panther tagging- that sort of thing!
You might want to take a look at the University of Georgia - Savannah.

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Ooo Thank you indeed Ian!

Very kind of you
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I got here via the science-academic route. It's doable, and practical, if you have the tenacity (and talent, I suppose).

I think the Canadian angle might be the way to go. Not being Canadian, I can't comment further on that.

However, if you are serious about an academic career, here are some thoughts.

As things stand, with just your undergrad degree in psychology, in general that probably won't be sufficient to qualify you for a visa in itself.

If you are serious about science, in my opinion the best plan is to pursue a PhD. A Masters program in the US will probably cost a lot of money and likely wouldn't open up the opportunity of post-doctoral academic employment, for which the J1 visa is relatively straightforward to get. PhDs in the sciences are typically paid (not a lot, but enough to get by). A PhD in the US will keep you busy and safely on an F1 visa for six years, with a further 1 year of working visa at the end of it. More importantly, a successful PhD will give you the credentials (publication record etc.) you need for serious scientific employment down the line.

Although you are probably impatient to get the to the US, a realistic and sensible plan is to do a PhD in the UK with a top level research group. The reason is it will only take you 3 years - in the US PhDs can drag on forever.

As an extension of that thought, there is an excellent animal behaviour research group at St Andrews, actually operating out of the psychology department. They do all sorts of stuff with chimps in the forest. When you see BBC reports about how chimps have vocabulary and all that stuff, it's usually the St Andrews bods behind that work. Very cool stuff. If you did your PhD at a group like that in the UK, a position at a top-level US institution afterwards could be relatively straightforward if you play your cards right.

If there is one thing I have learned while realizing my own teenage dream of living out here, it is that slow and steady wins the race.

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Also, if you want to work with marine life, I say bollocks to Florida. San Diego is where you need to be.

http://www.sio.ucsd.edu/
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Agree with caleyjag you are going to need a PhD to pursue the science avenue.
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Cayleyjag...Thank you so very much for the heads up! I have had the idea of doing a Phd here and that was the initial plan.

The probs with animal behaviour such as evolutionary changes is that you need many years hands on experience under your belt as the theories tend to stay the same and change every so slowly if the research is huge..

That is a wonderful and complete spectrum you have given me and shall look at all the points you have made and use them carefully such as looking in to St Andrews and finding something here that might allow for that sort of work.

Once again thank you indeed, I shall take it slow and steady and research not only all your points but all the needs and musts behind working and living in the US while I work so once I have completed education...I have the latest and up to date musts for applying to the USA...

Thank you Kindly
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