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Environmental Job Search 

PitE students pursue a wide array of positions inside and outside of the environmental field. For students interested in pursuing work within the environmental field, review the Explore Environmental Careers tab to identify a career area that aligns with your interests. 


Job Search Process & Timeline

Step 1: Brainstorm About Your Future Dream Job

  • Reflect on your dreams for what you want to accomplish in your future or what you want your life to look like in 5-10 years. 
  • If you are unsure or if that feels overwhelming, take some time to look through these career exploration questions and consider what you want your life to look like in just the next year. 

Step 2: Identify Organizations

  • Browse the Explore Environmental Careers webpage and determine 2-3 areas that interest you. 
  • Review the below list of PitE Alumni Job Placements.
  • Research online to find organizations that align with your interests.

Step 3: Develop Your Strategy

  • Recognize that as an entry-level applicant, it's not expected that you secure your dream job right away. Develop a search strategy to enter a field and build toward your dream job. 
  • Consider any of the below paths:
    • Internship: Even after you graduate, internships are a great way to gain entry into a well-known organization or company. 
    • Adjacent role: When entering a job field, you can pursue roles adjacent to your ideal position in order to gain experience and recognition within an organization. 
    • Smaller Organization: Working at smaller organizations can provide opportunities to build a broad skill set because staff often need to work across multiple areas.
    • Volunteer Program: If you are hoping to work in the non-profit or government sector, volunteer programs can be a great way to first access those fields.         

Step 4: Outreach

  • Look for PitE and SEAS alumni working at the organizations and reach out to them for an informational interview
  • If no alumni work there, reach out to people working at entry-level positions and set up informational interviews. 
  • Keep track of your interactions and connections using a networking tracker

Step 5: Search For Positions

  • Go to SEAS Career Link to search for internship postings. Use the "Industry" filter to search for positions directly related to your interests. 
  • If you aren't finding relevant internships on SEAS Career Link, you can:
    • Use other boards
    • Search the websites of organizations or companies that interest you for job postings. If job postings aren't up, reach out to someone with an entry-level position for an informational interview. 

Step 6: Apply

  • Develop a spreadsheet where you can track your applications and deadlines. 
  • Look through the University Career Center's resources on developing your resume and cover letter
  • Set up a career coaching appointment to review your resume and cover letter. 
  • Submit applications. 

Step 7: Interview

Step 8: Negotiate

  • If you receive a job offer from an employer, you don't need to accept the offer right away. It is best to thank the employer for the offer and ask them when they need your response. 
  • Set up a coaching appointment to develop your negotiation plan. 


PitE Alumni Job Placements

Conservation Science & Management

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Freshwater Future
  • PMK Group
  • Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Tallgrass Restoration
  • National Park Service
  • American Rivers
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition
  • NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • US Forest Service
  • Patapsco Valley State Park
  • North Coast Opportunities
  • City of Ann Arbor, Natural Area Preservation

Environmental Communications & Fundraising

  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Green Press Initiative
  • Population Connection
  • The Fund for the Public Interest
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • Center for American Progress
  • The Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
  • Field Museum
  • Elks National Foundation
  • City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
  • Tree Trust
  • Conservation Resource Alliance

Environmental Consulting

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Taurus Education
  • Ericsson Mobility World
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • PM Environmental, Inc.
  • Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • Antea Group
  • T&M Associates
  • ICF International
  • Schlange & Co GmbH
  • 5 Lakes Energy, LLC
  • Risk Management Solutions
  • Camber Collective
  • EnviroSolutions, Inc.
  • FUND Consulting
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Nextility
  • Ascent Environmental

Environmental Education

  • Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
  • Virginia Marine Science Museum
  • River Bend Nature Center
  • Great Lakes Educational Program
  • Go Blue Discover Green (MBGNA)
  • Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary
  • Manice Education Center
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • McCall Outdoor Science School
  • Leslie Science and Nature Center
  • Real Food Farm
  • Thousand Pines Outdoor Science School
  • Swan Valley Connections
  • The Ecology School
  • Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School
  • Teton Science Schools

Environmental Justice, Public Health, & Community Engagement

  • ToxServices
  • Health Reach Community Health Center
  • Michigan Coordinated Campaign
  • Green Corps
  • True North Community Services
  • Conservation Resource Alliance
  • Growing Hope
  • City of Seattle
  • EcoWorks Detroit
  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Food Gatherers
  • Metro Matters

Environmental Mapping & Technology

  • Tetra Tech EM, Inc.
  • Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc.
  • ENSR International Corporation
  • Technigraphics, Inc.
  • Michael Baker Jr. Corp
  • Systems in Motion
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Adapt Engineering
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • AMEC
  • Sanborn Map Company

Environmental Policy, Advocacy & Law

  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • International Water Management Institute
  • Department of Labor
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • International Water Management Institute
  • City of Dexter
  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Alaska Center for the Environment
  • Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Michigan Coordinated Campaign
  • Freshwater Future
  • Union of Concerned Scientists

Environmental & Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture

  • Washtenaw County Department of Planning and Environment
  • Metro Matters
  • BLU Homes
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Better World Builders
  • Cypress Creek Renewables
  • City of Evanston
  • NYC Department of City Planning
  • PlantUs NYC
  • Spector Group architecture firm
  • Chicago Gateway Green
  • Metrolinx
  • Land Information Access Association
  • Genus Landscape Architects

Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture

  • Earthworks Urban Farm
  • People's Food Co-op
  • National Institute of Food and Ag, USDA
  • Rising Pheasant Farms
  • Food Gatherers
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • Real Food Farm
  • Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Senna Prairie Farm
  • Green Things Farm
  • Greater Lansing Food Bank
  • Growing Hope
  • Como Family Farms
  • Farmhouse Organics
  • United States Dept. of Agriculture Farm Service Agency

Sustainable Energy

  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • American Electric Power
  • DTE Energy 
  • Rivian
  • Exelon/Commonwealth Edison
  • BlueWave Solar
  • Consortium for Energy Efficiency
  • Consumers Energy
  • Graham Institute
  • Mid-West Energy Research Consortium
  • Teichos Energy
  • City of Ann Arbor

Sustainability in Business

  • General Motors
  • Prophet
  • Industrial Economics, Inc.
  • J.D. Power & Associates
  • Eagle Ottawa, LLC
  • Green Century Capital Management
  • Bluewave Capital
  • Opower
  • Medtronic
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Epsilon
  • Amplifinity
  • Charter Communications