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Career Development


Advising & UO Career Resources
Types of positions
Professional Associations
Environmental Career-Related websites
Environmental Job Search Websites
Places of Employment


Advising & UO Career Resources

The UO Career Center (link) is a wonderful resource for students interested in internships, job openings, and other career development opportunities. Their website has information on careers, job search strategies, salaries, networking, and many more career oriented resources. The Environmental Studies and Environmental Science faculty advisers (Katie Lynch and Peg Boulay) can also be great resources for questions and concerns related to internships and resume building. Sign up for an advising appointment with them here (link). General questions can be answered by the Environmental Studies Peer Advisers in 144 Columbia Hall. Also contact the ENVS Peer Advisers (ecopeers@uoregon.edu) if you’d like to receive Econews emails regarding job openings.

Contact Information

UO Career Center
career@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-3235
Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00
220 Hendricks Hall

Peg Boulay (ESCI Adviser)
boulay@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-5945
Hours: by appointment only
242 Columbia Hall

Katie Lynch (ENVS Adviser)
klynch@uoregon.edu
(541) 346-5954
Hours: by appointment only
140 Columbia Hall

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Types of positions

Volunteer positions, internships, and jobs are all distinct forms of career development positions. Each type of position has various goals, skill requirements, levels of commitment, and pay rates.

Volunteer:

  • Goal: Gain experience and exposure to an organization or field
  • Required skills: Minimal to none
  • Level of commitment: Minimal; left up to the discretion of the volunteer
  • Pay rate: None

 

Internship:

  • Goal: Gain extensive work experience in a chosen field
  • Required skills: Certain skills, oftentimes gained through coursework or volunteer work, are oftentimes required
  • Level of commitment: Committed period of time
  • Pay rate: None to paid; other benefits such as stipends, housing, access to resources, and career development are oftentimes used as compensation.

Click here to visit the ENVS internship page

 

Job:

  • Goal: Gain entry to or further develop career path
  • Required skills: Specified skills aligned with job requirements and pay scale
  • Level of commitment: High – professional level positions require extensive time requirements with a minimum of a 2 week notice for termination
  • Pay rate: Adjusted by industry, position, education level, and skill/experience level

Click here to visit the ENVS jobs page

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Professional Associations

Professional associations are usually nonprofit organizations that are seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.

Environmental Professional Associations

 

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Environmental Career-Related websites

 

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Environmental Job Search Websites

 

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Places of Employment

Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors can find employment in a wide range of fields depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment include: city, state, and federal government agencies; environmental nonprofit organizations; environmental advocacy organizations; and businesses (including environmental consulting firms, construction companies, and law firms).

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from various job databases. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment and it does not reflect current openings. This list is only to be used as a way to focus job searches and give students a general idea of the types of employment opportunities that are available to them.

 

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