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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 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 the 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

Husky Seed Fund Applications Open!

Inclusive. Impactful. Inventive. 

Calling all UW students from all campuses!   

Do you have an innovative idea that would enhance the UW student experience? The Husky Seed Fund has the resources to make your idea a reality! Created by students …

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Campus Sustainability Fund student job: Urban Square Gardener

The UW Tower Green Square Project, created in 2015, is a CSF-funded project demonstrating the possibilities and benefits of urban farming. The Green Square Project is recruiting for 1-2 grant-funded student workers to maintain the garden project from April to …

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UW Farm Internships!

Requirements

The UW Farm hosts internships every quarter. Internships are open to graduate and undergraduate students.

Examples of previous experience:

Learning Goals developed with your faculty advisor and/or the Farm Manager are required for credit. See position descriptions detailed below.

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Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Early Careers EY Open Science Data Challenge 2024: Coastal Resilience Info Session (2/15)

“Want to use data and AI for good? Here’s your chance.

Held annually, the EY Open Science Data Challenge produces new intellectual property that drives more intelligent, data-centered decisions to mitigate global sustainability issues. This year, the challenge focuses on …

By Erin Lee (She/Her)
Erin Lee (She/Her) Career Coach
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Earthlab Summer Internships Open! [Due 3/1]

EarthLab summer internships offer a robust, cohort-based experience for University of Washington undergraduate students. Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a UW campus (Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma) as of Spring Quarter 2024 from a variety of disciplines are …

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Meaghan Wood (She/Her) Career Coach
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Student Stories & Advice

Cesar Robles

Student Stories & Advice
  • Edison Engineering Development Program GE Vernova
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Margot Adam

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  • School for Public and International Affairs Princeton University
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Greta Weise

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  • Soundwatch Boater Education Program Intern The Whale Museum
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Mitsuki Shimomura

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  • M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics University of Washington
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Peyton R

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  • Master's of Science in Energy & Sustainability Northwestern University
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Ashleigh Bell

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  • Grad Student - Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry University of Colorado, Boulder
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Tanner Poling

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  • AUV Operations Engineer Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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Evan Mickelson

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  • Electrical Engineer Electric Reliability Council of Texas
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Featured Resources

CoolWorks

Since 1995, CoolWorks has been a leader in CONNECTING PEOPLE seeking meaningful and exciting work with the EMPLOYERS who are …

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Nethubb makes it easy to start building your professional network to be discovered for career opportunities. They provide you the …

Sustainability / Energy / Conservation Search Engines

Energy Jobs Network

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

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.

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Energy Jobs, Third Edition

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Vault Guide to Alternative Energy Jobs, Third Edition

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Vault Guide to Nonprofit Jobs, Third Edition

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Vault Career Guide to Energy, Third Edition

In the midst of an energy boom that has positioned the United States as one of the world’s top oil-producing …

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 …

Vault Guide to Nuclear Power Jobs, Second Edition

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