University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Careers

Job Examples

  • Conservation Scientist/Technician
  • Environmental Quality Manager
  • Environmental Scientist/Technician
  • Land Planning Consultant
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Environmental Educator
  • Naturalist
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Watershed Manager
  • Wildlife Scientist/Technician

 

Potential Employers

  • Federal government: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Peace Corps, etc.
  • State and local government: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, City of Cincinnati, etc.
  • Consulting firms: These specialize in different areas including environmental regulatory compliance, ecological inventory, permitting services, environmental investigations, soil and groundwater remediation, site assessments, environmental monitoring, wastewater management, etc.
  • Non-profit organizations: The Sierra Club, Bluegrass PRIDE, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, Salato Wildlife Education Center, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, etc.
  • Utilities: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Duke Energy, etc. Many large utility companies have environmental departments.
  • Real estate developers: Many real estate developers will hire environmental specialists to review plans before development
  • Academic organizations: K-12, universities, and informal education organizations all have potential job opportunities. Teaching environmental science at a lower level or working as a technician at a university are a few options.

In addition to the above job opportunities, upon completing a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science students will be well prepared to pursue graduate school.