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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

What is a Paleozoologist? (Shared article from Environmental Science.org)

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Paleozoologists examine the context, form and function of faunal remains. This includes fossils and organic material.

What Does a Paleozoologist Do?

Paleozoologists fulfil much the same roles as paleobotanists, but in studying animal remains …

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach
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New Feature – Sign In To Our Website with Your UW Net ID!

Are you tired of trying to remember different sets of credentials for each tool on our website, such as Handshake, PathwayU, LinkedIn Learning, GoinGlobal, and Husky Landing?  New in 2021 – you can log in to our website using your …

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Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director
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Interview: The Great Conservationist (Shared Article from Gapyear)

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Leo Biddle, The Man Aiming to Change the Volunteer Industry

The gap year volunteering world is full of interesting characters. Leo Biddle is one of them. From spending time selling cookers, living in a …

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CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach
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Some Common Soil Conservationist Interview Questions from Glassdoor

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What has been the hardest job you ever had to do that is related to our job requirements?

1 Answer

Due to the fact that I do not own previous experiences with this kind …

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Check Out Glassdoors List of Common Conservation Interview Questions

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Consisted of work history and experience coordinating projects, budgeting and funding, PNL experience. Included portfolio of presentations and …

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CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach
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Featured Classes

Green Jobs for Sustainable Careers

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Looking for a greener job? Why wait when the world is hiring? Climate change and sustainability are transforming today’s economy,…

Sustainability for Design, Construction, and Manufacturing

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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

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

Learning Design for Sustainability

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

Student Stories & Advice

Peyton R

Student Stories & Advice
  • Master's of Science in Energy & Sustainability Northwestern University

Ashleigh Bell

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

Tanner Poling

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

Evan Mickelson

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

Featured Resources

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.

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.

College of the Environment

Jobs postings, tips and advice and information on the annual UW Environmental Career Fair.