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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

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Who are you, What do you do and What did you have for breakfast?

I’m Elissa! I’m a wildlife conservationist, amateur photographer, diver and animal lover. I’m hugely interested in equality and environment and spend a lot of my time …

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How Can I Get Better Results in My Job Search to Get My Environmental Science Career Started?

Sandra from University of South Florida asks:

“I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and have been unable to find any way to get my foot in the door within the industry as a field technician (the …

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Employer-Led Workshops this Winter Quarter

Come learn from the industry experts themselves! This winter, the Career & Internship Center will be hosting Employer-Led Workshops where students can learn about pertinent career skills in each industry and ask questions of the employers. Each topic is unique …

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What is a Natural Sciences Major and is it Right for Me?

Interested in science but not sure exactly what you’d like to study? Do you like the idea of learning about a large number of science-related topics at once? Want a major that can be applicable to the real world and …

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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…

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Learning Design for Sustainability

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Featured Resources

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Virtual Interview Practice

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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.

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