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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

Becoming a Wildlife Biologist: FAQ’s Answered by a Wildlife Biologist (Shared Article from Stephanie Schuttler)

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I get a lot of emails from people asking me for advice on becoming a wildlife biologist, which is awesome! And a big reason why I am writing this blog post.

However, I don’t …

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
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Can’t Find a Job in Handshake? Try Searching with Keywords for Sustainability/Conservation/Energy Roles

With thousands of jobs and internships for students in Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for you? Utilizing filters and keywords in your job search can be incredibly useful for locating the jobs you want.

Keywords …

By Lindsay Smith (She/Her)
Lindsay Smith (She/Her) Handshake Experience Manager Lindsay Smith (She/Her)
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Environmental careers that help the planet (Shared article from Monster)

This article was originally written by Lily Martis, Monster staff. For the original source click here. 

Calling all tree huggers, animal lovers, recycling mavens, compost queens, carpool organizers, water conservers, and light switch-flipper-offers (or whatever you want to call your …

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
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Peace Corps Application Workshop – November 3rd

Applying to the Peace Corps can be a confusing and at times overwhelming process. That’s why Jessica Phares, the Peace Corps Recruiter at UW-Seattle, will be hosting an application workshop event to help ease that process. Come learn about how …

By Briana Randall (She/Her)
Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director Briana Randall (She/Her)
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Check out the National Association of Environmental Professionals

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Welcome to the National Association of Environmental Professionals!

NAEP is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions. Our members are public and private sector …

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Student Stories & Advice

Ashleigh Bell

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Tanner Poling

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  • AUV Operations Engineer Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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Featured Classes

Learning Design for Sustainability

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

The Employee’s Guide to Sustainability

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

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…

Featured Resources

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.

USA Jobs – Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) conserves and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage for the benefit and …

Energy Jobs Network

The Energy Jobs Network (EJN) has been helping employers find qualified candidates for their energy related positions since 1999, making …

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 a career …

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 a career …

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 a career …

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 a career …

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 a career …