University of Wisconsin–Madison

Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife

What does it mean to work in fields such as Environmental Planning/Conservation, Sustainability, Resource Management, Remediation/Compliance, Quality Assurance/Control, or Wildlife Management/Care? Where should you be looking to gain experience to build your career path in these directions? What types of skills are most valued and where should you be looking to gain experience to build your career path in these directions? Meet with a career and internship specialist to discuss how your liberal arts and science degree can translate to a career in Environment, Natural Resources, & Wildlife.

Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Heightened demand for American timber and wood pellets will help increase the overall job prospects for conservation scientists and foresters.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2017

Featured L&S Courses

This 3-credit course introduces students to how the Earth system works and what makes Earth livable. Through this course you will gain a deeper appreciation for how the atmosphere, oceans, life, and earth’s surface interact to shape our local, regional and global landscapes. Many students take this course to fulfill their physical science requirement. Others use it as a gateway to majors and careers in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science. Go to MyUW to review the course

This 4-credit course covers a wide range of content related to evolutionary processes and patterns and the role that geological and physical environment factors play in shaping life on Earth, and vice versa.  By virtue of course content, human origins, futures and other societally-relevant topics are addressed. Go to MyUW to review the course

Making Connections

Student/Professional Organizations

UW-Madison has a variety of environmental related student organizations to consider joining. They range from geology, zoology, conservation biology, and wildlife. Check out a few on our list

Badger Mentors

Badger career coaches are here to help you.

Graduate School Resources

You might be thinking about graduate work beyond your bachelors degree. Take a look at the application process and things to consider before you apply

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    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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    Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

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    Teach for America

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    Peace Corps

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     Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    U.S. Forest Service

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

    The Nature Conservancy

    Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

    University of Minnesota

    Dane County Humane Society

    National Park Service

    Colorado State University

    University of California, Davis

    Madison Metropolitan School District

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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