Environmental Sciences, Policy & 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. Read more about the major. Visit the ESPM website.

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

See Alumni Job Titles by Track

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 companies
  • Water treatment plants

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabaseDatabase is updated through Summer 2019 semester only and will be updated yearly.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

Top Career Resources

  • 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).
    The official job site of the United States government, including internships through the Pathways Program, and:
        • Bureau of Land Management
        • National Park Services
        • Department of Energy
        • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        • Environmental Protection Agency
        • Fish and Wildlife Services
        • Natural Resources Conservation Service
        • Forest Service
        • National Weather Service
        • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Student Conservation Association
    Internships and jobs, many with federal agencies, available in conservation-related areas in all 50 states.
  • Compliance Crossing, keyword: environmental
  • Ecojobs, environmental career opportunities all over the country
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities. Browse 650+ different research experiences for undergraduates (REU) and paid internships.
  • Conservation/Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board, Texas A&M University
  • GreenBiz.com, info related to all aspects of sustainability in business
  • Environmental Science Internship Possibilities
  • SEEK, Environmental Education resources for Minnesota job and internship board
  • About required Field Experiences and Internship for ESPM
  • Clean Energy Job Board, from Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: environment, policy, science, management, restoration, resource, water, pollution, park, naturalist, educator, conservation, ethics
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management