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Career Guide

Environmental Scholar

scholarCommon Activities: Do you want to teach or conduct research about the environment and environmental issues at the highest level?

Potential Careers: Professor, Research Scientist

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor or double major + M.A., M.S., Ph.D. in field of specialization

International Opportunities: Opportunities to teach or conduct research abroad such as Fulbright Fellowships; fluency in foreign language desirable

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Optional; an undergraduate research assistant position or senior honors thesis are desirable

Environmental Educator

educatorCommon Activities: Do you want to educate the general public (including children) about the environment and environmental problems?

Potential Careers: Museum Curator, Nature Guide, Staff Member at Zoo, Aquarium, or Nature Education Center, Park Ranger

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + voluntary certification as environmental educator

International Opportunities: Limited

Other Qualifications: State env. education certification; National Recreation and Park Association – Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Relevant Internships: Piedmont Environmental Center; Greensboro Natural Science Center; Greensboro Library; NCDENR (state parks); Guilford County National Park

Nature Protection Specialist

natureCommon Activities: Do you want to help protect animals, wildlife, or ecosystems and preserve our biodiversity?

Potential Careers: Staff Member for Nature Protection Organization such as Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund or International Union for the Conservation of Nature; Park Ranger

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor or second major in Biology or Geography

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for international organizations such as United Nations, WWF, IUCN, Greenpeace; Friends of the Earth; Spanish or French fluency highly desirable

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Sierra Club; some internships with NCDENR (state parks); Guilford County National Park

Land Protection Specialist

landCommon Activities: Do you want to preserve pristine lands and ecologically sensitive ecosystems?

Potential Careers: Nature or Land Conservancy Staff Member or Staff Member for State or Local Land Acquisition Program

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor or second major in Biology or Geography

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for international organizations such as Operation Wallacea, Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Guilford County Open Space Program; Piedmont Land Conservancy

Research Technician

researchCommon Activities: Do you want to assist with research about the environment and environmental problems in the field or laboratory?

Potential Careers: Technician or Research Assistant in Environmental Research (biology, water quality, air quality, etc.)

Recommended Educations: Major in ENV + minor or second major in Chemistry, Biology, or Geography; MS in one of these fields helpful for advancement

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for international organizations such as UN, WWF, IUCN, Greenpeace; Spanish or French fluency highly desirable

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Piedmont Land Conservancy; Guilford County Environmental Health; internships through Biology, Chemistry, or Geography Departments

Environmental Advocacy

advocacyCommon Activities: Do you want to convince others to be environmentally conscious, lobby government officials, or coordinate petition drives or protests?

Potential Careers: Fundraiser, Lobbyist, Community Organizer, Manager for Environmental Organization

Recommended Educations: ENV major + minor or double major in PSC, SOC, ENG. or Communications

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for international organizations such as Friends of the Earth, WWF, and Greenpeace; Spanish or French fluency highly desirable

Other Qualifications: Masters in Nonprofit Management or Certificate in Fundraising

Relevant Internships: Sierra Club

Local Activist

localCommon Activities: Do you want to promote healthy living with the environment in your community?

Potential Careers: N/A; work as local environmental activist as a major life interest while holding a “day job”

Recommended Educations: ENV major + major or minor in field suitable for your “day job”

International Opportunities: N/A

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Sierra Club

Environmental Law

lawCommon Activities: Do you want to interpret or change the laws that mandate how we treat our environment?

Potential Careers: Attorney, Mediator, Paralegal

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV with PSC minor + J.D. at Law School or paralegal training at community college

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for UN; Center for International Environmental Law; Commission for Environmental Cooperation; National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade; foreign language fluency desirable

Other Qualifications: Law schools offering environmental law specializations

Relevant Internships: Possible internship with environmental law firm

Environmental Design & Construction

constructionCommon Activities: Do you want to create spaces for people that work with the environment instead of against it?

Potential Careers: Architect, Landscape Architect, Developer or Builder

Recommended Educations: ENV Major + minor in Interior Architecture, possible M.A. in Architecture

International Opportunities: Limited

Other Qualifications: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional in Interior Design + Construction

Relevant Internships: Commissioning WorCx

Regulation Enforcement

regulationCommon Activities: Do you want to make sure people are following the rules designed to keep us and the physical world safe?

Potential Careers: Inspector or Permitting Official for County Health Department, State Environmental Agency or EPA

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Geography. Possibly M.A., M.S.

International Opportunities: Limited

Other Qualifications: Board of Certified Safety Professionals – www.bcsp.org/CSP

Relevant Internships: Guilford County Environmental Health

Sustainability Expert

sustainabilityCommon Activities: Do you want to show businesses, schools and other organizations how to both save the earth and improve their bottom line?

Potential Careers: Sustainability Coordinator for Business, University, Hospital, etc.

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor or double major in Business or Political Science (public administration); MBA or MPA for advancement

International Opportunities: Limited

Other Qualifications: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional in Operations + Management

Relevant Internships: UNCG Office of Sustainability; Commissioning WorCx

Organic Farmer

farmerCommon Activities: Do you want to help to protect the environment by producing environmentally sound foodstuffs?

Potential Careers: Organic Farmer or Farm Manager

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV, possibly M.S. in Agriculture

International Opportunities: Limited

Other Qualifications: USDA National Organic Program – certifies farms/ranches instead of people

Relevant Internships: Internship on organic farm

Green Business Owner or Manager

businessCommon Activities: Do you want to help protect the environment by producing environmentally sound products or services or consulting with others?

Potential Careers: Business Owner, Manager, Staff Member

Recommended Educations: ENV major with double major in business

International Opportunities: Work in fields such as shipping or multinational businesses (local examples include Columbia Forest Products, Mack, Wrangler)

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Carolina Fibre Corporation

Sustainable Tourism

tourismCommon Activities: Do you want to provide vacation opportunities in an environmentally sustainable way?

Potential Careers: EcoTour Organizer, “Green” Restaurant or Hotel Manager, Ecotour Guide

Recommended Educations: B.A. in ENV + minor or second major in sustainable tourism or business

International Opportunities: Opportunities to work for international organizations such as United Nations World Tourism Organization; Sustainable Travel International; foreign language proficiency very desirable

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Internship through Sustainable Tourism Program

Outdoor Recreation

recreationCommon Activities: Do you want to help people get physically active and be entertained in nature?

Potential Careers: Hiking Guide, Canoeing or Rafting Trip Leader; Outdoor Experience Camp Staff Member

Recommended Educations: ENV major + minor or second major in Sustainable Tourism, Biology, or Geology

International Opportunities: Abundant; foreign language proficiency highly desirable

Other Qualifications: National Recreation and Park Association – Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Relevant Internships: Internship through Sustainable Tourism Program

Environmental Writer or Journalist

journalistCommon Activities: Do you want to interview people, dig for hidden stories and spread the word on the environment?

Potential Careers: Environmental Reporter, Environmental Writer. Writer for Environmental Organization

Recommended Educations: ENV major + English minor or major with emphasis in professional writing and journalism

International Opportunities: Foreign correspondent for news agency; writer for UN or International Environmental Organization Publications; foreign language fluency desirable

Other Qualifications: N/A

Relevant Internships: Internship as environmental writer