Success After Eckerd

Career Exploration

Building a career takes time and effort. The following information is intended to help with the process of finding jobs and internships in the fields that comprise environmental studies, but also in related areas as well. Remember that most people don’t find their dream job on the first try. A career is built over time and often involves a bit of trial and error. The following websites provide helpful information to get you started on the right foot.

Environmental Jobs - Comprehensive

  1. Environmental Career Center – The Environmental Career Center (ECC), has been helping people work for a better environment since 1980. ECC assists individuals and employers alike, in matching top candidates with today’s top green employers.
  2. Environmental Career Opportunities – ECO lists hundreds of Environmental Jobs in conservation, education, policy, science & engineering, renewable energy and more! Environmental job vacancies are from all sectors of the job-market including non-profits, corporations, professional firms, institutions, and Federal, state and local governments.
  3. EnviroLink – Jobs and volunteer opportunities listed by topic.
  4. Aquatic Network – The Aquatic Network includes databases, news, articles, employment opportunities, publications, images, sounds, videos, products and services, and more.
  5. – Focused on connecting job seekers with eco-employers.

Government Agencies

  1. America Job (previously called Federal Job Search) – Public sector jobs
  2. Student Conservation Association – conservation internships
  3. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration(National Marine Fisheries) – includes career vacancies, internships, grants, scholarships, and career resources
  4. Peace Corps – includes jobs, general news, and online applications
  5. AmeriCorps – includes search by state, career resources, and updated news
  6. Fish and Wildlife Research Institute – internships, volunteer opportunities and employment
  7. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – career opportunities, internships and law enforcement
  8. Florida Department of Environmental Protection – employment listings

Nonprofit Jobs and Internships

  1. Amnesty International Internship Information (internships, volunteer opportunities and employment listings) – Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.
  2. Population Institute (careers) – The Population Institute is an international non-profit that educates policymakers and the public about population, and seeks to promote universal access to family planning information, education, and services.
  3. DC Internships – semester and summer internships
  4. National Geographic (careers and internships) – Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.
  5. Orion Magazine – (employment opportunities) – Orion is a bimonthly, advertising-free magazine devoted to creating a stronger bond between people and nature.
  6. National Council for Science and the Environment (jobs and internships) – The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision making.
  7. The Nature Conservancy (careers)- The Nature Conservancy is addressing the world’s most pressing conservation problems with solutions that benefit people and nature.
  8. World Wildlife Fund (careers) – WWF creates solutions that will solve our planet’s BIG environmental challenges. We want people and nature to thrive together.
  9. Sierra Club (jobs and internships) – Inspired by nature, Sierra Club is 1.4 million people, working together to protect our communities and the planet.
  10. National Audubon Society (jobs and internships) – Audubon’s Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
  11. Green Peace (jobs and internships) – Greenpeace is a 40-year old action-based, independent, global environmental organization.
  12. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (jobs and internships) – AZA is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation.
  13. National Wildlife Federation (employment, internships, fellowships, volunteering) – The NWF is America’s largest conservation organization.
  14. United Nations (employment, internships) – Peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law.
  15. U.S. PIRG (jobs, fellowships, internships) – U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being.
  16. (career resources, jobs, internships, volunteering, events, news and more) – Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

Environmental Education

  1. Environmental Education Directory – includes information about graduate programs within the USA and internationally; also has a link to careers and internships within this field; and gives information about financial aid, general news about the field and has a forum.
  2. Teach for America – Learn more about how to join the movement to end educational inequity and help Teach For America reach its vision that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
  3. EE-Link – A collection of networks for environmental educators. Find and share materials and resources. Search for resources for program design, professional development, teaching tools, lesson plans, national and international events, jobs, and more.
  4. ENC – includes information on mathematics and science curriculum for K-12 teachers
  5. SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge): SEEK is the home of Minnesota’s environmental education (EE) resources. It includes a comprehensive directory of over 1200 resources, press releases, employment opportunities, research abstracts, web links and calendar of events.
  6. National 4-H National Headquarters – 4-H is the largest out of school youth program in the U.S., with over 7 million members and 500,000 teen and adult volunteers. Its goal, the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
  7. Border-Wide EE Coalition – A binational collaboration of Environmental Educators working on the US-Mexico border.
  8. National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education – Includes guidelines for excellence for EE materials, guidelines for initial preparation for EE educators, and K-12 guidelines for learning.
  9. The Globe Program – The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP’s) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.
  10. Pathfinder Outdoor Education, Inc. – Pathfinder’s primary objective is to teach personal, social, and environmental responsibility through activity-based learning. We offer programs that build community, develop leadership and teamwork, and enhance communication. Working together to identify and achieve common goals, participants gain new skills in problem-solving, healthy decision-making, and resolving conflicts.

General Job Search

  1. Career Builder – Includes a general job search with connections to 140 newspaper classified sections nationwide; mainly technical jobs, but a few technical writer and GIS positions
  2. Campus Career Center – Entry level jobs and internships for college students and graduates.
  3. Monster – Global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people.
Our Environmental Studies Opportunity Database aids students in their search for internship, research, and job opportunities.

Graduate School

Search Resources

  1. Conservation Biology Advice for Students – includes wildlife biology, environmental policy, sustainable development and other environmental fields
  2. Peterson’s Online Guide to Graduate Programs – search by field, also has test preparation, and resume services
  3. Grad – allows you to search for programs by university name or by academic subject. There’s also lots of information on financial aid and an interesting section on distance learning.
  4. Graduate Schools Guide – search by field, major, or state; also has financial aid, test and even text book information
  5. Environmental Ethics Graduate Programs – list of graduate schools that offer Environmental Ethics program
  6. General Graduate School Search – includes a search by school or by subjects

Programs of Note for Environmental Studies Graduates

School Department
Alaska Pacific University Environmental Science
Outdoor and Environmental Education
Arcadia University Science Education
Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Brown University Environmental Studies
Columbia University School of International Affairs/MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Florida State University* Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ecology and Evolution
Urban and Regional Planning
George Mason University Environmental Science and Policy
George Washington University Environmental and Resource Policy
Environmental Law Program
Humboldt State University Environment and Community
Islandwood (partnership with University of Washington) Environmental Education and Community (EEC)
Macquarie University Environmental Studies @ Graduate School of the Environment
Marquette University Medical College of Wisconsin
North Carolina State University Forestry and Environmental Resources
Stony Brook University – State University of NY Marine Science Research Center and Institution for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres
UNC at Chapel Hill* School of Education
UNC Wilmington Watson School of Education
University of California – Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
University of California – Davis* School of Law
University of California – Los Angeles Environmental Health Sciences
College of Law
University of California – Santa Cruz Department of Sociology
University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School Public Policy Studies
University of Denver Sturm College of Law Environmental and Natural Resource Law
University of Florida* Environmental Engineering Sciences
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Levin College of Law
University of Maine Orono Department of Earth Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa* Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
University of Maryland School of Law
University of Michigan* School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Montana Program in Environmental Studies
University of New Haven Environmental Science/GIS Training
Environmental Engineering
University of Rhode Island Department of Natural Resource Science
University of Southern California Environmental Studies
University of South Florida* Business Economics
College of Business Administration
Environmental Science and Policy Program
University of Washington School of Fisheries
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Environmental Engineering

* Selected by recent Eckerd graduate

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