Career Opportunities

Careers in natural resources management vary widely and may include settings as diverse as urban landscapes and wilderness areas, university and corporate laboratories, and non-profit boardrooms. An advanced degree in natural resources management is a well-recognized qualification for these and many other employment opportunities.

Students graduating with advanced degrees in natural resources management are in demand in several areas including, but not limited to: ecosystem restoration, planning and management; landscape, water and waste management; pollution prevention and control; environmental testing, analysis and research; environmental communications and public relations; environmental and conservation education; urban planning and sustainable development; environmental economics, consulting, compliance, policy, advocacy, and administration.

Individuals trained in natural resources are employed by government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service; as well as health, recreation, urban planning and natural resource agencies at the state, county and city level. Private, public and non-profit organizations that hire natural resources professionals include engineering and consulting firms, foundations, conservancies, universities, museums, parks, and public interest organizations focused on environmental issues and initiatives.