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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

Check out the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau

Hear from world-changing diverse thinkers and innovators in the environmental community.

The Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) National Speakers Bureau represents Rock Stars of Conservation who have climbed Earth’s highest mountains and sailed her Seven Seas; leading authors, artists and scientists; policy, …

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Check Out EPOC Seattle

​ABOUT EPOC
The Center for Diversity and the Environment’s (CDE) Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) network is a network by and for people of color and includes over 1,000 leaders nationwide who are often the only person or one of the few people …

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Connect with UW’s Peace Corps Recruiter

Hello to all, and welcome back to campus!  It’s been a challenging couple of months, and we’ve all had to find ways to adapt and be flexible over the course of this pandemic. Why not use those new skills of adaptability …

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Check out the North American Association for Environmental Education

NAAEE offers many easy ways to stay connected with individuals working in the environmental education field and with the latest EE news.

Become a Member

By becoming an NAAEE member, you join a network of dedicated individuals who are committed to …

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Take a Look at Out for Sustainability!

OUT4S is the leading (and only) LGBTQ nonprofit dedicated to our social and physical environment, making a difference by its very existence to bridge queer identity and sustainability values.
Since 2008, the organization hosted over 4,000 people at more than …

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Student Stories & Advice

Ashleigh Bell

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

Evan Mickelson

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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 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 …

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 …