Careers & Alumni

With a strong foundation in science, analysis, and communications, you’ll be highly prepared for your future.

Some ESM alumni have gone on to graduate school. Others are making a difference across a wide range of careers as a wilderness planner for Olympic National Park, a GIS (geographic information system) technician for the Yurok Tribe, and an environmental analyst for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

No matter your path, you’ll leave the program ready to succeed.

Related Job Titles

The following list is not meant to be all inclusive; many other job alternatives and titles may exist. Some require further education. As an ESM major, careers could reach across other concentration areas; refer to those career guides.

Air Quality Specialist Biological Science Technician
Climate Change Specialist
Coastal Restoration Assistant
Coastal Program Analyst
Conservation Corps Director
EcoTourism Manager
Energy Analyst
Energy Auditor
Energy Manager
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Assessment
Environmental Auditor
Environmental Communicator
Environmental Mgmt. Consultant
Environmental Health Sanitarian
Environmental Lawyer
Environmental Protection Spec.
Environmental Scientist
Environmental Services Advisor
Field Director
Geospatial Coordinator
GIS Application Specialist
GIS Coordinator
GIS Developer
GIS Manager
GIS Technical Architect
Habitat Restoration Specialist
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Hunting/Fishing Guide
Land Management Supervisor
Natural Resource Specialist
Nature Writer
Park Technician/Aid
Park Naturalist
Park Ranger
Pollution Control Technologist
Project Planning:
  • Planning Engineer
  • City/County
  • Environmental
  • Recreational
  • Tribal
  • Transportation
  • Water Quality
Recreation Specialist
Remote Sensing Technologist
Resource Management Spec.
Rangeland Mgmt Specialist
Soil Conservationist
Soil Scientist
Spatial Ecologist
Spatial Modeler
Sustainability Manager
Technical Writer
Water Resource Analyst
Watershed Technician

Marketable Skills


  • Written and Oral Presentation Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Program Management and Implementation
  • Communicating Scientific Concepts

Lab-Based Skills

  • General laboratory skills
  • Field-based Research and Testing


  • Understanding of Sustainability Practices
  • Implementation of Sustainable Policies/Methods
  • Management of Natural Resources and Ecosystems

Analytical and Investigative Skills

  • Analyze Human Interactions and Natural Environment
  • Conducting Field Studies
  • Sampling and Surveying
  • Policy Analysis

Planning/GIS/Remote Sensing

  • Resource Management
  • Principles of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Mapping and GIS skills
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Assessment