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Graduates of the Environment and Resources masters and Ph.D. programs are employed in many different types of positions by a wide variety of organizations including governmental and non-govermental agencies, private industry, universities, and others. The graph below shows the distribution of employers for ER graduates.

The tables below show a sampling of the types of positions that Environment and Resources graduates have held and contain data from the most recent ER 10-year review (self-reported by alumni; names, addresses withheld). The information is sorted according to the type of employer (eg., federal, state agencies, private sector, etc.) and may include entry through senior-level positions. The complete alumni directory (hard copy) is available in the Nelson Institute Academic Programs Office.

Faculty Positions (17.6%)

Position Employer (City, State) Degree Level
Assistant ProfessorBucknell University, Environmental Studies Program (Lewisburg, PA)MS
Assistant ProfessorCornell University (Ithaca, NY)PhD
Assistant ProfessorFlorida State University (Tallahassee, FL)PhD
Assistant ProfessorIowa State University (Ames, IA)PhD
Assistant ProfessorMcGill University (Montreal, Canada)PhD
Assistant ProfessorNorthland College (Ashland, WI)MS
Assistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing, UW- Madison (Madison, WI)PhD
Assistant ProfessorSouthern Oregon University (Ashland, OR)PhD
Assistant ProfessorUniv of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dept of Geography & Environmental Systems (Baltimore, MD)PhD
Assistant ProfessorUniv of Missouri (Columbia, MO)PhD
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)PhD
Assistant ProfessorYale (New Haven, CT)MS
Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Food SecurityUC-Berkeley, Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (Providence, RI)PhD
Assistant Professor of Environmental StudiesGreen Mountain College (Poultney, VT)PhD
Assistant Professor of SociologyWashington State Univ-Vancouver (Vancouver, WA)PhD
Assistant Professor of Sustainability ScienceLund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (Lund, Sweden)MS
Assistant Professor/Research Scientist IIColorado State University (Pueblo, CO)PhD
Associate ProfessorUniversity of Georgia (Athens, GA)PhD
Associate ProfessorUniversity of New England (Biddeford, ME)PhD
Associate Professor of Environmental ScienceFranklin College Switzerland (Sorengo, Switzerland)PhD
Associate Professor of LawUniversity of Idaho (Moscow, ID)PhD
Associate ResearcherUniversity of Teacher Training in St. Gallen, Switzerland (St. Gallen, Switzerland)MS
Dean - Social Sciences & Career OptionsKirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, IA)PhD
ProfessorUniversidad de Guadalajara (Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico)PhD
Tenure Track Life Science FacultyRock Valley College (Rockford, IL)PhD

Government Positions (24.6%)

Position Employer (City, State) Degree Level
Agriculture AgentUW-Extension, Jackson County (Black River Falls, WI)MS
Biological TechnicianUtah Division of Wildlife Resources (Salt Lake City, UT)MS
Compliance and Enforcement Data ManagerWDNR - Bureau of Air Management (Madison, WI)PhD
Correctional Officer; RangerDept of Corrections/Dept of Health Services; Dept of Natural Resources (Madison, WI)MS
Easement Programs CoordinatorUSDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (Madison, WI)MS
Environmental economistU.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division (Corvallis, OR)PhD
Environmental Program ManagerFederal Highway Administration - Wisconsin Division (Madison, WI)MS
Environmental Protection SpecialistUS EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality (Ann Arbor, MI)MS
Fisheries LTEWI Dept of Natural Resources (Madison, WI)MS
Forestry PlannerWI Dept of Natural Resources (Madison, WI)MS
GIS AnalystFranklin County Virginia (Rocky Mount, VA)MS
GIS CoordinatorCity of Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie, WI)MS
Horticulture EducatorEau Claire County UW-Extension (Altoona, WI)MS
Lake and Reservoir EcologistWDNR (Madison, WI)MS
Law ClerkWisconsin Court of Appeals (Madison, WI)MS
Natural Resources PlannerWhatcom County Planning and Development Services (Bellingham, WA)MS
Outreach SpecialistWI Dept of Natural Resources (Madison, WI)MS
PlannerCity of Madison (Madison, WI)MS
Program Manager and Team Lead, Coalbed Methane Outreach ProgramU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, DC)PhD
Program TechnicianUSDA - Farm Service Agency (Faribault, MN)MS
Project Assistant, Southwest Grassland and Stream Conservation AreaWisconsin DNR (Fitchburg, WI)MS
Project ManagerCalifornia Energy Commission (Sacramento, CA)MS
Research ScientistNYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene (New York, NY)MS
Restoration EcologistCity of Eugene, Oregon: Parks and Open Space Division (Eugene, OR)MS
Riparian Management ForesterWisconsin DNR, Forestry Division, Forest Sciences Section (Madison, WI)MS
Senior BiologistCity of Austin Wildland Conservation Division (Austin, TX)MS
Senior Energy AnalystNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO)PhD
Software EngineerNational Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO)PhD
Specialty Crop Block Grant ManagerWI Dept of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (Madison, WI)MS
Supervisor, Demand Side Energy Management EvaluationCalifornia Public Utilities Commission (San Francisco, CA)MS
TeacherOconomowoc Area School District (Oconomowoc, WI)PhD
Utah State Grazing CoordinatorUtah Department of Agriculture and Food (Salt Lake City, UT)MS
Water Resources Management SpecialistWI Dept of Natural Resources (Madison, WI)MS
Watershed CoordinatorOldham County Fiscal Court - Curry's Fork (La Grange, KY)MS
Wildlife BiologistUSDA Forest Service (Rhinelander, WI)PhD

Non-Profit/NGO (20.4%)

Position Employer (City, State) Degree Level
AttorneyAppalachian Research and Defense Fund (Prestonsburg, KY)MS
Board MemberCenter for Rural Empowerment and the Environment (Chicago, IL)PhD
Certification ManagerFood Alliance (Portland, OR)MS
Children's Ministries Coordinator (part time)St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Madison, WI (Madison, WI)MS
Clean Energy Policy AdvisorThe Wilderness Society (Washington, DC)MS
Conservation EcologistThe Nature Conservancy (Sturgeon Bay, WI)MS
Director of Advocacy and EducationLocal Motion (Burlington, VT)MS
Director of Conservation StrategyConservation International (Arlington, VA)PhD
Director of Ecological RestorationBelwin Conservancy (Afton, MN)MS
Director, Creation Care ProgramThe Center for Law and Culture, Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL)PhD
Ecosystem Policy ManagerConservation International-Japan (Tokyo, Japan)PhD
Executive DirectorDriftless Area Land Conservancy (Dodgeville, WI)MS
Executive DirectorFamily Farm Defenders (Madison, WI)PhD
Executive Director and FounderLion Guardians program (Nairobi, Kenya)PhD
Founder and President of Ecological (Madison, WI)PhD
Government Relations DirectorGathering Waters Conservancy (Madison, WI)MS
Green Downtown Program Manager1000 Friends of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)MS
LawyerPivot Legal Society (Vancouver, Canada)MS
NaturalistAldo Leopold Nature Center (Monona, WI)MS
Policy and Program DirectorClean Lakes Alliance (Madison, WI)MS
Policy DirectorCalifornia Climate and Agriculture Network (Sacramento, CA)MS
Policy DirectorWisconsin Wetlands Association (Madison, WI)MS
PresidentPanda Mountain - U.S. China Environmental Fund (Mount Horeb, WI)MS
Project ManagerWomen's Institute for Housing and Economic Development (Boston, MA)MS
Project Manager/Energy Efficiency ResearchEnergy Center of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)MS
Site Manager/EcologistThe Nature Conservancy (Morocco, IN)MS
TeacherVirginia Beach Friends School (Virginia, VA)MS
Team Development SpecialistAmerican Field Service USA (New York, NY)MS
Wildlife EpidemiologistWildlife Conservation Society (Nanaimo, Canada)PhD

Private (16.9%)

Position Employer (City, State) Degree Level
AssociateSynapse Energy Economics Inc (Cambridge, MA)MS
AttorneySomach Simmons & Dunn (Sacramento, CA)MS
CEOLeaguevine Inc. (Chicago, IL)MS
Co-Founder/Director of Business to Business DevelopmentSnowShoeFood LLC (Madison, WI)MS
Co-OwnerCrossroads Community Farm, LLC (Cross Plains, WI)MS
Director, Environmental Health and SafetyGoodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)PhD
Energy and Sustainability ConsultantShaw Environmental Inc (Madison, WI)MS
Environmental Scientist/ConsultantShort Elliott Hendrickson Inc (Sheboygan, WI)MS
Environmental SpecialistBooz Allen Hamilton (Seattle, WA)MS
Farm ManagerSommers' Harvest Farm (Hamilton, NY)MS
Landscape Designer/Project ManagerLarry Weaner Landscape Associates (Glenside, PA)MS
Learning DesignerLeapFrog Enterprises (Emeryville, CA)PhD
Manager of Regulatory AffairsAlliant Energy (Madison, WI)MS
OwnerMDRoffers Consulting LLC (Madison, WI)MS
Owner/BotanistTrillium Environmental, LLC (Madison, WI)MS
PrincipalCronin Energy Analysis, LLC (Madison, WI)MS
Principal EcologistAdaptive Restoration LLC (Mt Horeb, WI)MS
Program ManagerDigital Map Products (Irvine, CA)MS
Project ManagerTecMarket Works (Oregon, WI)MS
Research AnalystFranklin Energy Services, LLC (Madison, WI)MS
Restoration SpecialistBiologic/Adaptive Restoration LLC (Mt Horeb, WI)MS
Senior Director of Sustainability, Corporate Environment, Health and SafetyBaxter International Inc. (Deerfield, IL)PhD
Vice President, TechnologyTermSync, Inc. (Fitchburg, WI)MS
Wilderness Instructor and GuideWildlands Studies (Hotchkiss, CO)MS

University Staff (20.5%)

Position Employer (City, State) Degree Level
Aquatic Invasive Species Communications SpecialistUW-Extension (Madison, WI)MS
Assistant ScientistUW-Madison (Madison, WI)PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor in Rural SociologyUniversity of Missouri-Columbia (Columbia, MO)PhD
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability InitiativesUniv of Louisville (Louisville, KY)PhD
Associate Outreach SpecialistUW-Madison, Dept of Agronomy: Water, Sustainability and Climate research program (Madison, WI)MS
Associate ScientistUW-Madison: Environmental Resources Center (Madison, WI)PhD
Co-Director & Environmental Studies SpecialistUW-Extension (Green Bay, WI)PhD
Cooperative Education FacultyNortheastern University (Boston, MA)MS
Curatorial Assistant IIHarvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (Cambridge, MA)MS
DirectorWashington State Univ - Center for Sustaining Ag & Nat Resources (Wenatchee, WA)MS
InstructorUniv of Colorado Honors Program (Boulder, CO)MS
LecturerUW-Extension, Cooperative Extension (Madison, WI)PhD
Managing Editor, Human PathologyDept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UW-Madison (Madison, WI)MS
Natural Sciences InstructorLeech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN)PhD
Outreach SpecialistUW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve (Madison, WI)MS
Outreach SpecialistWI School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison (Madison, WI)MS
Post Doctoral Research AssociateUniv of Vermont, Dept of Pathology (Burlington, VT)PhD
Postdoctoral AssociateRutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)PhD
Postdoctoral ResearcherUniv of Minnesota, Inst on the Environment (St Paul, MN)PhD
Professor of Practice & Co-Director of Energy Policy, Law and GovernanceArizona State University (Tempe, AZ)PhD
Research AssociatePostdoctoral Research AssociatePrinceton University (Princeton, NJ)PhD
Research FellowUniv of Minnesota, Inst on the Environment (St Paul, MN)PhD
Research ScientistGreat Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, UW-Madison (Madison, WI)PhD
Senior CartographerComm & Envir Soc, UW-Madison (Madison, WI)PhD
Senior Commercial AnalystUniversity of Alaska-Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK)PhD
Senior Outreach SpecialistUW-Madison's Nelson Inst for Env Studies (Madison, WI)MS
Special Projects-Academic Sustainability Initiatives; Adjunct faculty in Envir StUniv of St Thomas (St Paul, MN)PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental StudiesThe College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)MS
Wetland ScientistRhode Island Natural History Survey (Kingston, RI)MS