Ecology job interview with a state Environmental/Fish and Wildlife department

Ecology job interview with a state Environmental/Fish and Wildlife department

I’ve got an interview coming up with a state Fish and Wildlife department for a wildlife biologist position, and am having trouble nailing down what level of formality to strike at the interview. At work and in the field, it looks like attire varies between a basic state F&W uniform, plain smart casual clothes (polo or button-down shirt with pants), and plain field work clothes.

I’ve previously been told to figure out how they dress at the job, and then go a shade more dressed up. These office-field state government ecology jobs seem to straddle a unique line between uniform and business casual attire, though, and I’m not sure what to make of it. Anybody have a similar experience with an ecology-oriented conservation job?

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I don’t have pictures since I’m not at home for a few days, but this is what I’ve got so far (mid-20s male):

Maroon/brick chambray-ish dress shirt

Chinos

Iron Works Engineer boots (Cordovan, plain toe)

brown leather belt

I’m worried the dressy boots are still too casual, and am considering buying black or brown cap-toe dress shoes (or any other suggestions). Are ties standard, or is that too formal? No way I should wear a blazer, right?! Thanks in advance!

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