Aaron Stewart began his time at the Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprenticeship Program at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) in February of 2020 and recently accepted an Assistant Wildlife Manager position in Tallahassee, Florida. Below is a description of Aaron’s time in the apprentice program.
“I first found out about the apprenticeship opportunity because of my previous involvement with the organization. In the past, I hunted at SCWA with my Dad and a family friend, Mike Smith, a member of SCWA. At this point, I realized being a part of the apprentice program is the learning experience I needed to jumpstart my career in Wildlife Management. I began my apprenticeship with SCWA February 4th, 2020 and was there just under two years. It has always been a dream of mine to turn hunting and wildlife management into a career and profession. This job helped me take a passion I have in Wildlife Management while developing critical thinking in working to improve wildlife habitats for many years to come. I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me by the apprentice program such as working alongside multiple different hunting plantations, especially Horseshoe plantation in Tallahassee, Florida, where I am furthering my career and passion.”