Major Meets Career

Environmental Studies Major

Some recent career paths of graduates of the Environmental Studies program include holistic health practitioner, organic farmer, urban food manager, preschool teacher, operations manager of a gardening company, landscaper, not for profit organization director, artist, environmental educator, art teacher, interior designer, writer/editor, storm water coordinator for local government, and wilderness guide.

Career Options

Potential Employers

Career Path Preparedness

Strategies for Success

  • Sign up for the Internship class and complete an internship related to the psychology/counseling field. See the Career & Life Development office on MyNaropa for the full internship site list and for a variety of different organizations to get involved in.
  • Get involved in school leadership groups & resources i.e. SUN, the Naropa community & student counseling centers, residence halls, CARE team, conflict / mediation support, leadership groups, etc.
  • Complete a service learning project aligned with your career goals / path. See your COR professors & advisors for details.
  • Align your classes, curriculum, research projects and thesis / capstone projects with your career goals / path.
  • Volunteer / familiarize yourself with organizations that align with your career goals & provide the opportunity for hands-on training – think: open space, trail crews, wilderness / wildlife conservation, wilderness medicine institute, policy change organizations, leave-no-trace, nature conservancy, sustainability organizations.
  • Earn a minor in a specialized field of interest.
  • Get started in an entry-level position in the environmental field.
  • Pursue a graduate degree in environmental studies/sustainability/conservation.
  • Join professional associations and stay abreast of governmental and legislative climate re: environmentalism.
  • Get out and explore. Immerse yourself in outdoor / environmental skills and interests.
  • Attend workshops, conferences, MeetUps, panels, rallies to build your network and get involved in grassroots initiatives.

Continuing Education

If you plan on continuing your education in environmental studies in terms of a graduate degree, there are several things you will want to keep in mind while in your undergraduate studies:

  1. Academic work and the way you show up is VERY important. Put in your best effort academically and aim for a high grade point average.
  2. Relationships matter. REALLY matter. Build positive connections while in the Naropa community with faculty, staff, colleagues, etc. These relationships will continue to support you, and you can ask those same people to provide recommendation letters for your graduate degree applications!
  3. Get experience! A lot of it. Either through academic, internship, volunteer, or work opportunities. This will bolster your application and CV immensely!

Alumnx Spotlight

Getting connected with Naropa Alumnx is a great way to build your professional network and resources. Some ways to get involved are:

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