Careers

The future of green careers is very bright. Throughout the media today there are stories about the new "green collar" economy.In support of a more sustainable world and this emerging economy, the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at SSU has offered a distinctive, interdisciplinary and applied curriculum to our students for almost forty years.

Because of their academic background and field experiences, our graduates are well prepared to meet the growing employment opportunities of the 21st century. Our monthly departmental newsletter, Action News, is filled with announcements sent to us by employers looking to our department to help fill new job opportunities and paid internships. In additional to being active and growing, the environmental career field is very diverse. For example, our graduates have found a broad array of employment opportunities that include non-profit organizations, natural resource agencies, preserves and biological research stations, outdoor and public schools, state and federal agencies, municipalities (cities and county government), private business, and more.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Land Management
  • Principal Planner, City of San Rafael
  • Executive Director, Environmental Traveling Companions
  • Transportation Planner, State of California
  • Senior Technology Director, George Lucas Education Foundation
  • Elementary School Teacher and Environmental Educator, Fairfax School District
  • Energy Management Coordinator, City of Alameda
  • Energy Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Senior Waster Management Specialist, County of Sonoma
  • Environmental Specialist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Project Manager, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power
  • Water Management Inspector, Marin Municipal Water District
  • Restoration Specialist, Circuit Riders Productions
  • Conservation Planner, Sonoma Land Trust
  • Ranger, National Park Service
  • Watershed Coordinator, Marin Rural Conservation District

Our students have also gone on to graduate school as universities such as the U.C. Hastings School of Law, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, The Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley, University of Oregon, University of North Carolina, University of Washington, UC Davis Law School, and many others.

You can find more detailed information about careers options for each of our study plans.