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Sustainability / Conservation / Energy

Welcome to the Sustainability, Conservation and Energy interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that 1) Provide sufficient amounts of energy for today's world without undermining environmental integrity or draining future resources. 2) Produce a good or service that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources. This good or service could be renewable energy, pollution reduction, an organic product, or environmental compliance. 3) Reduce the environmental impact of an organization’s production processes. Responsibilities might include establishing cost-cutting initiatives such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, waste management, or resource conservation.

People who pursue careers in Sustainability/Conservation/Energy may focus on helping organizations and companies run more efficiently, thereby increasing their profits, pleasing their customer base, and creating a sense of well-being among the community. They may focus on issues ranging from reducing ecological footprint and minimizing pollution to working directly on environmental and sustainability issues in various sectors, or in areas like solar energy, wind power, hydropower and more.

These jobs exist in emerging green sectors and in traditional sectors such as manufacturing, technology, insurance, and state and federal government, making the world of sustainability/conservation/energy one that is both deeply rooted in our day-to-day life and the subject of much innovation and research.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): Air Quality Forecaster; Aquatic Biologist; Biofuel Production Operator; Ecotourism Guide; Environmental Public Relations Specialist; Geoscientist; Hydrographic Surveyor; Landscape Architect; Soil Conservation Technician' Sustainability Program Coordinator; Watershed Manager; Watershed Science Technician; Wetland Specialist; Wind Energy Engineer

Interested in Working Professionally in Asia for 12 Months? Apply to the Luce Scholars Program!

The new Luce Scholars Program application is open now!  Deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2022 for participation in 2023-24 program.

The Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement (basically an internship) in Asia for eighteen …

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Tri-Campus Career Fair just one week away – Register Today!

Want to have a 10-minute meeting with a recruiter looking to hire Huskies for internships and jobs? 

Join us on June 23rd for the Tri-Campus Virtual Job & Internship Fair, hosted in Handshake.

Details About the Fair:

83 employers are …

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Article from KUOW | Our local seaweed is disappearing. Could farming help conserve it?

Read the full article by Alex Cowan on the KUOW website.

“In 2016, Washington’s first commercial seaweed farm broke onto the scene. It was the result of unprecedented collaboration between local tribes, state agencies, marine researchers, and local conservationists. As …

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Tri-Campus Career Fair on June 23 – Register Today!

The 2022 Virtual UW Tri-Campus Summer Job & Internship Fair, hosted by the UW Career & Internship Center, offers an exciting opportunity to network with dozens of employers via 10-minute 1:1 video chats and 30-minute group sessions. Employers are all …

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Video from CNET | Sensors in the Wind: Solar-Powered Devices Float Like Dandelion Seeds

Watch the video on the CNET website to learn more about the remarkable battery-free sensors that float through the air for improvements to the ways that environments can be monitored, such as for agriculture applications or keeping track of temperatures, …

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Featured Classes

Sustainability for Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

Fulya Kocak Gin
Design, construction, and manufacturing are vital industries, but have you wondered about ways to make them sustainable while adding value?…

Stay Ahead in Sustainability & Green Building

The world is facing many environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve our lives…

The Employee’s Guide to Sustainability

Elizabeth Bagley
Companies around the world view sustainability as a strategic imperative. This course is for employees who want to support that…

Learning Design for Sustainability

Scott Boylston
The world is facing a number of environmental, economic, and social challenges. Our future depends on sustainable solutions that improve…

Student Stories & Advice

Ashleigh Bell

Student Stories & Advice
  • Grad Student - Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry University of Colorado, Boulder

Tanner Poling

Student Stories & Advice
  • AUV Operations Engineer Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Evan Mickelson

Student Stories & Advice
  • Electrical Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas

Featured Resources

Scholarships & Fellowships Supporting Sustainability/Conservation/Energy Career Goals

Many different types of organizations, companies and agencies provide scholarship opportunities to support students in preparing for careers related to …

Tips for Job Searching in Handshake – Sustainability/Conservation/Energy

With thousands of jobs and internships for students on Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for …

Virtual Interview Practice

StandOut is a mock video interviewing platform. You can access an Environmental Science practice interview.

Sustainability / Conservation / Energy Positions of 2019-2020 UW Graduates

This table shows the title, employer, and major for a sampling of 2019-2020 UW graduates who reported working in sustainability/conservation/energy.

In Demand Skills for Energy Careers

College of the Environment

Jobs postings, tips and advice and information on the annual UW Environmental Career Fair.

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Environmental Science and Conservation Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Alternative Energy Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Park and Public Land Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Forestry and Forest Products Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Earth Science Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Utilities Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …