AUBURN, Ala. – Growing up outdoors in Alabama, Chris Jaworowski, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resource agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, knew he wanted to spend his life doing something he loved.
“I started hunting at an early age,” Jaworowski said. “I knew I wanted to be outside. That’s how I got into wildlife science.”
Jaworowski, an Auburn University graduate, spent the first 19 years of his career as a wildlife biologist for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He joined Alabama Extension in June 2016. Many of the skills he honed at his previous job are applicable to his new one.
“I wore a lot of different hats,” Jaworoski said. He was a wildlife biologist, bulldozer operator and a farmer. He also managed 16,000 acres of public hunting land in Lowndes County, Alabama.
His job as a regional agent provides enough variety to keep things interesting.
“Extension is involved in so many different things,” he said. “That makes my job interesting every day.”
His office is located in Autauga County. He serves Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and also Montgomery counties.
Enjoys Public Outreach of Extension
One of Jaworowski’s favorite parts of working for Alabama Extension is public outreach. He specializes in wildlife management and nuisance wildlife control. He helps educate the general public about a variety of natural resource topics. Jaworowski also enjoys meeting with landowners to answer questions about everything from timber and pond management to nuisance wildlife.
Jaworowski also considers hog management and control as one of his specialties as a regional agent.
“Tracking, hunting, hunting with dogs –– you name it, I’ve done it,” he said. When it comes to recreational hunting, he will hunt for just about anything. Even on his off days, he enjoys chasing whitetail deer and turkey across Alabama, a lifestyle that clearly still impacts his career. His favorite fish to catch are “the ones that taste good,” and he also lists saltwater fishing as one of his lesser-known hobbies.
A year after making the transition, Jaworowski has found a home at Alabama Extension. He is active in natural resource councils and forestry planning committees in the Capitol Region.
True to form, when asked what the favorite perk of his job is, Jaworowski had one answer: “I love the variety.”