The Greater Yellowstone Area is the vacation destination of millions of Americans. There are those who dream of working in wild places such as our national parks. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how Yellowstone and the surrounding area is managed through the eyes of students studying to be a wildlife biologists.

Daryl Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist working for the Bureau of Land Management. He obtained his degree in wildlife management and managed a black bear rehab, research, and education facility located outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator, managing the state’s deer, bear, and elk programs, eventually becoming the chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the state of Tennessee.