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Environmental Studies

In a world of increasingly complex environmental problems, growing focus on sustainability and “greening” society, and efforts to include environmental study in K-12 education, the type and number of jobs available to Environmental Studies majors grows daily. SU’s Environmental Studies program gives graduates solid preparation for the future.

Through a series of meetings with their advisors, most ENVR majors find themselves working towards one of six career paths, and choose a minor and elective courses accordingly. These paths, in brief are:

  1. Paleo Water Plant student outingLand/ Resource Management (for example working with the National Park Service, MD Department of Natural Resources, private organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, etc.)

  2. Pollution Control/Abatement (for example working with the EPA or the MD Department of the Environment)

  3. Environmental Advocacy (this can be either at the national level, working for organizations such as the Sierra Club, the regional level, working for organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, or the local level, working for organizations such as the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance)

  4. Eco-Tourism/Environmental Education (this involves experiential education, working for outdoor camps, eco-tourism organizations, etc. This major does NOT prepare you to teach high school Environmental Science).

  5. Sustainable Business (for example, working in the Environmental management division of a private business, or in their sustainability office).

  6. Graduate School or Law School (Environmental Law, Environmental Studies MA/MS/PhD programs ,or disciplinary graduate programs with an environmental focus).

For further information about job opportunities and to see what some of our ENVR graduates are doing, please link to Salisbury University’s career services - Resource from Action Without Borders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Can search by topic or geography.

Orion Magazine Grassroots Job Resource - The Grassroots Jobsource "connects the green leaders of tomorrow with good work today." National in scope.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) Programs - The SCA provides opportunities for young people to make a positive impact on the world around them. They put students to work in parks, public lands, and urban green spaces to make improvements and learn conservation and sustainability practices. Opportunities are NOT paid, but food and housing is supplied. Some positions are specifically for grad students. 

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) jobs page - A wide variety of environmentally-focused internships, fellowships, and jobs. Both throughout U.S. and international opportunities. 

The High Country News job postings site - Helpful for anyone who wants to work in the Western U.S. region that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean

Texas A & M  Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board- For those with wildlife/field interests.

Ornithological Exchange - Bird-related work, from short-term, to graduate work, to full-time careers.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Bulletin - The AASHE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization that empowers higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. A listing of internships, fellowships, and positions from across the country.

SU Career Services page for ENVR majors

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