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
Possible Jobs with Experience or an Advanced Degree
- Environmental Scientist
- Environmental Lawyer
- Policy Analyst
- Environmental Planner
- Environmental Program Coordinator
- Sustainability Director
- Soil Scientist
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
- Non profit 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):
-Possible Places to Volunteer or Intern (pdf)
Search the InterNetwork database for your peers' internship descriptions, contact information and feedback about their experiences (and ADD your own volunteer or work-related experience here too, for others to use!)
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 and Job Seeker
Click for the passwords to these two separate job posting systems, 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.
- Additional Resources (pdf)