Our in-person hours are 9:00-5:00, Mon-Fri.  We also offer virtual appointments and webinars.

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

June at the Virtual Career & Internship Center

Since Monday, March 16th, the Career & Internship Center has been entirely virtual.  It’s now June and while our doors in Mary Gates Hall remain closed, all our team members continue to work remotely, excited and ready to connect with …

By Emma O'Neill-Myers (She/Her)
Emma O'Neill-Myers (She/Her) Associate Director of Employer & Community Connections Emma O
Read more »

The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge!

Deadline Tuesday, February 18

Bring your idea or project to life. Use your skills to create innovative solutions. Enter the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge!

Open to all students across all disciplines from colleges and universities throughout the Cascadia Region.

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
Read more »

Environmental Justice Conference 2020

WHEN: April 7, 2020 | 12:00 – 5:00pm
WHERE: Alder Hall

The College of the Environment- Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at University of Washington (UW) will celebrate its 3rd Environmental Justice Conference on April 7, …

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
Read more »

UW Diversity Leadership Conference 2020: The personal is Political

Diversity Leadership Conference 2020: The Personal is Political: Showing Up for Ourselves and Others in Solidarity

“Certainly there are very real differences between us…But it is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal …

By Dawn Cheung
Dawn Cheung Career Coach Dawn Cheung
Read more »

APPLY: Mayor Durkan Youth Climate Council due January 30th

Mayor Durkan is Seeking Passionate and Committed Youth for Mayor’s Youth Climate Council

https://greenspace.seattle.gov/2020/01/seeking-youth-climate-leaders/#sthash.32qTo7SA.dpbs 

Mayor Durkan is creating an opportunity for young leaders to continue building their own capacity as advocates, shape new ideas for policies and programs to stem …

By Dawn Cheung
Dawn Cheung Career Coach Dawn Cheung
Read more »

Sidebar

Student Stories & Advice

Ashleigh Bell

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

Evan Mickelson

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

Tanner Poling

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

Job Market InsightsIn partnership withEmsi logo

Explore occupations by career categories and pathways and use real time labor market data to power your decision making.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Access all Job Market Insights here

Back to top ↑

Featured Classes

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…

Featured Resources

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.

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 …

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 …