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Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management

About the Major

An Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management major prepares you for a career in working to protect and sustain the natural resources of land, water and air. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop a specific area of environmental expertise across the environmental sciences and policy spectrum by allowing students to select a specialized track within the major. Each track has a strong focus on integrating coursework in the areas of environmental policy, management, communication, and law with the applied aspects of social, physical, and biological sciences.
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Common Entry-Level Job Titles

- Research Assistant
- Park Naturalist or Technician
- Environmental Outreach Professional
- Water Resource Technician
- Health, Safety, and Environmental Technician

- Wetland Soils Specialist
- Pollution Control Specialist
- Environmental Protection Technician
- Assistant Restorationist
- Environmental Educator

Possible Jobs with Experience or an Advanced Degree

- Environmental Scientist
- Environmental Lawyer
- Policy Analyst
- Environmental Planner
- Environmental Program Coordinator

- Sustainability Director
- Hydrologist
- Soil Scientist
- Environmental Health and Safety Director
- Public Education/Volunteer Program Coordinator

Types of Employers

- Energy/utility companies
- Environmental advocacy groups
- Environmental consulting firms
- For-profit organizations
- Colleges and universities
- Government agencies

- Nonprofit organizations
- Soil/water conservation districts
- Waste management/recycling
- Water treatment plants

Alumni Job Titles and Career Profiles

Salary and Employment Statistics of Recent Graduates

Words of Advice from Recent Graduates (pdf)

Internship and Volunteer Contacts (previous students' experiences):
In addition to finding current job and internship openings, use GoldPASS to search info and contacts for students' previously completed internships related to this major (to get ideas and contact information; this is not a list of openings), select "job search", then "internship agreement database".

Study Abroad Information for Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management

Below you will find our top picks for professional associations and job search sites for this industry.

  • State of Minnesota
    The official site for the State of Minnesota government careers (including Dept. of Natural Resources, Dept. of Agriculture, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Pollution Control Agency).
  • Environmental Career Opportunities
    Click for the password to Environmental Career Opportunities, specializing in Environmental and Natural Resources jobs and internships nationwide.
    The official job site of the United States government, including internships through the Pathways Program.
  • A-Z Index
    Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.
  • Student Conservation Association
    Internships and jobs, many with federal agencies, available in conservation-related areas in all 50 states.
  • Master List of ESPM Career Resources (pdf)