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

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- not to get a list of openings). Select "Job Search"> "Internship Agreement Database."

Salary and Employment Statistics

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

Top Career Resources

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Professional Naturalist Fellowship
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Wilderness Field Instuctor
New Vision Wilderness
Practicum Teaching Intern
Programs Support Intern
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Camp Director Intern
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Water Resources Technician
Prior Lake - Spring Lake Watershed District
Health and Safety Account Manager
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