Environmental Studies Career & Graduate School Opportunities

“Environmental studies students come into our program with a great love for the environment, and a real passion for protecting it. We help them find a direction that fits their interests and skills.”

—Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology

Your environmental studies degree offers the foundation for a variety of careers in:

  • Government service
  • Nonprofit work
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Environmental education
  • Natural resources management
  • Renewable energy development
  • Urban planning and policy
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Private-sector consulting

Many environmental studies graduates go on to graduate school or professional programs in related fields, such as:

  • Management
  • Environmental policy
  • Urban planning
  • Law
  • Ecology
  • Education

Our recent graduates are engaged in numerous fields in private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Many are working or studying in food, natural resources, and energy-related fields.

  • See below for a partial list of job titles or degree programs:
  • Administrative Assistant at Natural Resources Conservation District
  • Administrative Assistant, USDA-NRCS / Ultima Services Corporation
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Law Compliance Representative (MN DNR)
  • Conservation Programs Coordinator, National Audubon Society
  • Cook (Solo by Bonicelli)
  • Crew Leader, Neighborhood Energy Connection
  • Desert Restoration Corps (Southern California)
  • Development Coordinator, Civic Works
  • Ecological Restoration Technician, Cardno
  • Environment & Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, University of Denver
  • Farmer-Hidden Willow Farm
  • Farmer-Woodchuck Community Farm
  • Food Rescue Specialist, 2nd Harvest
  • Fulbright Fellowship-alternative crops (Denmark)
  • Green Mountain Farm to School Coordinator (Americorps)
  • Green Schools Liason, ISD 101 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage
  • Growing Assistant-Living Green Farms, Inc.
  • Horticulture Masters Program, University of Minnesota
  • Humphrey School-Community and Regional Planning
  • Hydrologic Technician, Middle Fork Crow River Watershed
  • Indigenous Studies Masters program, Kansas University
  • Intern, Farm and Wilderness
  • Interpreter (Oliver Kelley Farm)
  • Maintenance Manager, EnergyScapes, Inc.
  • Masters Program in Advocacy and Political Leadership (Metropolitan State U)
  • Masters Program, International Sustainable Tourism (U of North Texas)
  • Permitting with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Planning with Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Range/Fire Prevention Technician (Bureau of Land Management)
  • Reference and Instruction Librarian, St. Anselm College
  • Renewable Energy Researcher West Central Research and Outreach Center
  • Research Assistant, Zoology (Southern Illinois University)

The U.S. Labor Department’s 2010 “Occupational Outlook Handbook” projects favorable job prospects for environmental specialists, especially in federal and state government and private consulting. Jobs are predicted to grow in fields such as:

  • Environmental health
  • Waste management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Regulation compliance
  • Conservation