Jobs in the Growing Field of Environment and Sustainability

A degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability (ESS) prepares students for a wide range of jobs in environment and sustainability, a growing field with a diversity of exciting career pathways. ESS graduates have the knowledge and skills to tackle the complex environmental challenges and to advance sustainability solutions through work for non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies. Depending on their concentration within the major, ESS alumni are ready to work as field ecologists, educators, hydrologists, public land managers, soil scientists, environmental consultants, community organizers, water planners, policy analysts, natural resource planners, range technicians, naturalists, environmental analysts and social scientists, as well as work on ecosystem restoration and on climate change. Graduates are also prepared to pursue graduate studies or attend law school. ESS students can take coursework to qualify for federal civil service jobs, making them competitive for positions with federal agencies including the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Students who wish to qualify for federal jobs as ecologists, botanists, foresters, hydrologists, range technicians, soil conservationists, and biological science technicians should work with their faculty advisor to ensure they meet series requirements (view federal civil service requirements).


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