Careers

ENS B.A. Career Opportunities

Many argue that the 21st century will be the “century of the environment”. There’s a growing consensus that sustainability and environmentalism are growing mega-trends and they will offer “ahead-of-the-curve” careers. The interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program offers a vast array of jobs in a variety of fields, as shown below:

- Environmental non-profit work

- Parks, recreation, and conservation management

- Environmental consultancy

- Green building and design

- Sustainable agriculture

- Environmental policy at local, state, and federal levels

- Renewable and clean energy systems

- Corporate social responsibility

- Green business

- Corporate environmental compliance management

- Environmental law (with appropriate training)

- Outdoor and environmental education, sustainability awareness and outreach

- Environmental engineering

 

Careers in Kentucky

Kentucky offers many environmental and sustainability focused job opportunities including:

 

National Opportunities

We strongly encourage our students to look beyond Kentucky to find jobs in environment and sustainability fields. Examples of these include:

World Forest Institute

The Wilderness Society

Earthwatch

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

California Department of Conservation (check out other states, too!)

Environmental Protection Agency

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (check out other states, too!)

World Wildlife Fund

Green Environmental Management Corporation

Invenergy

Avangrid Renewables

NextEra Energy Resources

3Degrees

ALLETE Clean Energy

Tesla

Sea Quest

Prescott Farms

Smithsonian National Zoo (check other zoos, too!)

San Francisco Zoological Society

The Energy Foundation

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The Nature Conservancy

The Arbor Day Foundation

Audubon, Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Oxfam, OCEANA

World Resources Institute

Fauna & Flora International

Wildlife Conservation Society

International Union for Conservation of Nature

 

Websites to Start Your Search

For more information on jobs, internships, and general career advice in the fields of environment and sustainability, check out the following websites:

  1. Environmental Career Opportunities is a platform for employers to post applications for environmentally focused internships, jobs, and degree programs. All opportunities are categorized by both state and the position’s specific field (e.g. law and policy, renewable energy, etc.). Applications for international opportunities are available as well.
     
  2. Environmental Career has opportunities that are posted from employers. Job opportunities are searchable by location, category, or specific company. Individuals are also able to upload their resume for employers to view.
     
  3. Sustainable Business has sustainability news, networking, and jobs for green businesses. Jobs are posted daily, and searches can be sorted by skill level, among other things.
     
  4. AIESEC has programs posted for international internships in sustainability. Internships are divided into two categories: “Global Talent” focuses on professional career development and “Global Entrepreneur” focuses on opportunities for students to learn and contribute to a startup company focused on sustainability.
     
  5. This website provides information and recommendations on how to successfully pursue a specific career or field of interest, including green careers and non-profit work. This “guide” includes information on where the most job opportunities are located on the national scale, scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in green fields of study, available internship programs, and job-seeking resources.
     
  6. Idealist is a broad search engine that can be used to find jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, events, and organizations. Opportunities can be searched by radial distance, type of organization, and organization’s area of focus.
     
  7. This website provides information on green careers and the opportunities available to graduates of green degree programs. A career map for popular green career paths with common job for that career path. Job resources are also available.
     
  8. EcoEmploy lists environmental jobs/internships, environmental agencies, and government jobs. Job opportunities are listed by date posted.
     
  9. The United Nations Environment offers both internships and career opportunities. Opportunities can be searched via category or UNEP division.
     
  10. The EPA offers various environmentally focused internship and career opportunities. Positions can be searched by salary, location, and title.
     
  11. Fund for the Public Interest runs campaigns for environmental organizations and offers full time positions.
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