Career Options

A degree in Resource Conservation prepares students for a wide range of natural resources and conservation-related jobs. Our alumni work as ecologists, educators, hydrologists, public land managers, soils scientists, environmental consultants, community foresters, policy analysts, natural resource planners, and field naturalists, and much more. Resource Conservation graduates are employed by public land management agencies, conservation non-profits, and private companies. Many of our alumni pursue graduate studies or attend law school. 

Many Resource Conservation students take coursework to qualify for federal civil service jobs, making them competitive for positions with federal agencies such as the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Natural Resources Conservation Service  Students who wish to qualify for federal jobs as ecologists, foresters, hydrologists, range technicians, soil conservationists, and biological science technicians need to work with a faculty advisor to ensure they meet series requirements (view federal civil service requirements).

In addition to coursework, all Resource Conservation students are required to complete 400 hours of work related to their program of study  Work experience helps students build marketable skills, develop professional networks, and connect on-campus learning to applied projects.  

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