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Joy Fatooh playing music with her sisters
Joy Fatooh playing music with her sisters and part of one of her illustrations
Joy Fatooh

Wildlife Biologist
Bishop Field Office

"Playing outside with animals and getting paid for it--can't beat that, I thought!"
Joy Fatooh wears many hats...she's the mother of a 22 year old son who is alternating between studying computer science and working in a fireworks research and development laboratory, she's a Wildlife Biologist for the Bishop Field Office, she's a musician (our photo shows her playing middle eastern music with her sisters), and she's an artist.

Joy calls herself an illustrator, rather than an artist, and she does have a web site with her illustrations.  She and her field office recognize that interpretive illustrations and referencing art can be expensive and they are offering her services to other field offices.  Contact her to take a look at her work; it's fantastic.

But aside from artwork/illustration what does Joy do?  That's a tough question according to Joy, which translates to "a whole lot of different things"!  Or as she puts it, "My wildlife duties are very miscellaneous. Some highlights have been radio-tracking pronghorn and sage grouse, and helping initiate a long-term regional songbird study. Also, I’m often called upon to serve as 'Interpretive Specialist' – creating art and text for posters, brochures, kiosks, roadside displays, a sensitive plant guide and a motor touring guide, and editing everything from our Resource Management Plan to interpretive panels for a new InterAgency Visitor Center."

How does one come to this occupation?  It seems that Joy followed the path less traveled, "When I was working five part-time jobs while trying to choose a career, I did some volunteer wildlife work for Bishop BLM which led to a seasonal job and then a student trainee position. Playing outside with animals and getting paid for it – can’t beat that, I thought!"

But what does she enjoy the most about her position?  "I get the biggest charge out of helping people bring their ideas to life. Whether it’s words or pictures, when they know what they have in mind and I work with them to create it for all to see - that makes me happy."

If you are in need of her talents for a project in another Bureau of Land Management field office, feel free to contact her to discuss possibilities and arrangements.

For more information concerning this feature story, contact Joy Fatooh by telephone 760-872-5029 or by e-mail
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