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Career Opportunities

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 - Can search by topic or geography. -The High Country News job postings site. Essential for anyone who wants to work in the Western US (Rocky mountains to the Pacific). - A good one that is national in scope. - The best site to look for internships in the National parks, National Forests, USFWS, etc. - they are NOT paid, but food and housing is supplied. Some positions are specifically for grad students. Amazing opportunities! - For those with wildlife/field interests. - Ornithological jobs. There are LOTS of bird jobs out there! - "Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (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." You can sometimes find jobs from all over!

Another idea- multiple NGO's advertise on Craig's list. Just an idea!

Lastly, here is the link to Career Services page for ENVR majors:

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