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Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby Jr.waterfowlslayer » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:31 am

Hi, im currently a freshmen at UCSB and my declared major is Environmental Studies. I was just wondering if any of my fellow hunters have this degree and have found a profession that they enjoy.

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Postby greencop43 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:10 am

I have a BS in Park Mgt and Natural Resource Protection and have been a RI Environmental Police Officer for over 5 years now and love every second of it. A lot of our officers have degrees in Environmental Studies or something along the same lines. In fact our department requires a degree in some sort of environmentaly based field. Just one of may paths you could consider after you finish school, you get to be out side and be with the hunters and fisherman everyday.
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Postby Modified_Choking » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:57 pm

I have a B.S. in Environmental Studies. For the most part I have been a GIS professional for the majority of my 10-year career:

- One year as an Engineering Tech. in western US. Spent a lot of time doing odd jobs from staking wetlands, GPS'ing water control structures, measuring stream flow, calculating water credits.

- Two years as a GIS specialist in southeast US. Did site development mapping, assist with hydrologic/hydraulic modeling for site development, TMDL establishment, LiDAR data QA/QC and various other mapping.

- 7 years as a GIS analyst in northeast US. A lot of local government support; tax parcels, zoning, stormwater, sewer, potable water systems. "environmental" work was hard to come by at this job.

- 6 months as a Lead Geographer and CFM - certified floodplain manager in mid-atlantic US. Doing hydrologic/hydraulic modeling for FEMA national flood insurance program, also natural disaster/hazard modeling and mitigation planning efforts.

While the 1st job was most fun because I got outdoors the most - naturally, it paid the least. Truth is, when the student loans kicked in it was tough. I've worked my way up...and find my current work the most interesting - hydrologic/hydraulic modeling in a GIS environment.

Hope this helps...feel free to ask any other questions.
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Postby countryhick » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:23 pm

I always wanted to go into wildlife biology but the job market didn't look good to me so I opted for Engineering. Started in Civil and planned on specializing in an Environmental Option. Started hating the transportation/construction classes and decided to transfer into Biosystems Engineering which also has an Environmental Option and a strong emphasis on Biology and the interactions of people and the Environment. I think it is a great major.
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:27 pm

I started out in Environmental Studies, but since then I have switched over to a degree in Natural Resources.
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Postby carsonr2 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:55 pm

I've got a graduate degree in Environmental Planning.

Similar to Modified Choking I do a lot of GIS work from actual ground truthing and data gathering using Trimble units, to manipulation of models in Arc.

I also work on the liaison side between the local government and residents. Pretty much an education piece for the County residents.

It is a great profession for scouting, and getting to know landowners! I just wish there were more ducks in my area.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby forester11 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:34 am

I've got a degree in forestry and environmental management. I worked as an operations forester for a while but the future of the industry wasn't looking to bright so I got out and now work in the financial services industry.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby bigbuckilla » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:37 pm

your on the right path.. .stick with it , theres alot of opp. in that field for sure.. i have a bs in mgmt of rec and leisure services, and its gotten me great jobs and its a very broad major so ive been able to work a few different places.
-2 years R&D for a major surf company, where i would surf all day long on different equiptment and get sent gear and put it thru the test.
-1 year running my local city owned skatepark, where i would skate alllll day... it was a area i was never strong in, but could always hold my own on the mini, but after a full year of skateboardin' i got pretty good, but good skaters get hurt, and i cant afford to die just yet.
-now i got a fed job as the assistant to the head lifeguard at a national park which is killer! so i chill at the beach all day, work out, and surf for a hour or two. im off in the winters so i can hunt from sept 1st thru may 1st. in between i work a little at a liquor store, and im gonna guide duck hunts this winter...
I have fun, but i dont get paid for squat... and all the jobs with the major your lookin at start out pretty dern well..... but what good is money when you cant have fun? that why i rather play, because the only guarentee in life is your going to die... might as well have fun while your here
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby Ramsey84 » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:40 am

I have a degree in Geoscience with an emphasis on Geology, but I actually had more GIS and environmental science classes than anything. I currently work for a clay mining company as a geologist, but mostly do surveying with topcon GPS for quality control in pit, layout of mine and reclamation plans, and create and keep up all working, environmental, and permit maps.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby The Canuck Kid » Wed May 13, 2009 7:52 am

Workin in it :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby Irish Duck Hunter » Fri May 22, 2009 2:02 pm

My primary degree is in Geography and my Masters is in Environmental Management and I now work for the Environment Agency. I have always worked in the "Environmental" field and love it, I count myself very fortunate being able to make a hobby a career, I wouldn't swap it for anything :grooving: . If you like the outdoors and wildlife then keep at it :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby cfkid8 » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:14 am

heading off to college in august with a major in fisheries and wildlife sciences... im glad i found this post actually because i thought my future with this major was not as broad as i now know... i would really like getting into wetland management and things like that
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby vtcupped'n'locked » Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:40 pm

EXPERIENCE....EXPERIENCE.....EXPERIENCE.... thats all i can say. I'm going to be a senior at Virginia Tech this fall in Natural Resources Conservation with minors in forestry and ag econ with hopes of working for Du, Delta, Pheasants Forever or a state or fed land management position and everywhere you apply they want tons of experience. Im finding it holds as much or more weight than the degree itself. Just get internships and meet people and learn from hands on in the field jobs. I have learned 10x more in the field working on projects than ever in the classroom.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby cfkid8 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:19 am

what kind of internships are there to get into? and how do you find them?
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby vtcupped'n'locked » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:25 pm

Well im currently interning with the Nature Conservancy doing land management stuff in Nebraska, but the best thing i found was the Texas A&M job board on there natural resources page
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby HunterX » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:33 pm

cfkid8 wrote:what kind of internships are there to get into? and how do you find them?


Check out The SCA (Student Conservation Association). They have a variety of internships that might interest you. I got into one working with the for a refuge. The pay is crap but at the end, they'll help pay for school or loan, whatever you choose to do with it. It'll give you a good experience and will determine if this is what you really want to do. For me, it wasn't, now I'm gonna go and get certified to become a environmental health tech.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby yamaha783 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:44 am

My degree is in environmental engineering. i do environmental consulting for a lot of petrochemical companies and a little bit for the government here in south Louisiana. My job has taken me from woods to marsh, planes to airboats. I'm working on advancing my training in wetland biology and will get into more wetland delineation work in the next year or so.

I'd highly recommend this degree if you can swing it, not going to tell you i'm great at math but was able to get by. I have a ton of flexibility in my schedule, usually hunt weekdays, tough to beat! Anything in the environmental fields will get you in the ballgame but up to you to make something of it that you want. best of luck!
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby usfgeology » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:06 am

I have a degree in Geology and ended up in the environmental consulting field. There is a bit more money involved than working for a local/state/federal agency. An environmental studies degree should get you an entry level job in my field. Entry level = working in the field 95% of the time your first 3-5 years (good for outdoor enthusiants, good for scouting if the work is local) sampling groundewater and soil at contaminated (or potentially contaminated) sites. My best advice is to work for your department while in school! Find out from your teachers if any grad students need research assistants. Check w/ the geology/geography/environmental engineering teachers if no jobs are available within the environmental studies department. Offer to be a teachers aide, if nothing else. Many professors have contacts in the professional world and can recommend you for internships, summer work programs etc. Any non-academic experience you can get for yourself while going through school will benefit you in one of several ways:

1 - It looks good on your post-college resume
2 - It enables you to "look before you buy" ie You may discover you hate the professional aspects of environmental studies
3 - You meet and make contacts

Good luck with your studies. It is an exciting field of work to be in, and you can actually go to sleep at night knowing that what you are doing is actually benefiting tens of thousands of people and their families health.
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby yamaha783 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:55 am

usfgeology wrote:I have a degree in Geology and ended up in the environmental consulting field. There is a bit more money involved than working for a local/state/federal agency. An environmental studies degree should get you an entry level job in my field. Entry level = working in the field 95% of the time your first 3-5 years (good for outdoor enthusiants, good for scouting if the work is local) sampling groundewater and soil at contaminated (or potentially contaminated) sites. My best advice is to work for your department while in school! Find out from your teachers if any grad students need research assistants. Check w/ the geology/geography/environmental engineering teachers if no jobs are available within the environmental studies department. Offer to be a teachers aide, if nothing else. Many professors have contacts in the professional world and can recommend you for internships, summer work programs etc. Any non-academic experience you can get for yourself while going through school will benefit you in one of several ways:

1 - It looks good on your post-college resume
2 - It enables you to "look before you buy" ie You may discover you hate the professional aspects of environmental studies
3 - You meet and make contacts

Good luck with your studies. It is an exciting field of work to be in, and you can actually go to sleep at night knowing that what you are doing is actually benefiting tens of thousands of people and their families health.


Great points, I went the same route. Got an internship with my current firm the summer before my Dec graduation. Found that I loved the work and really liked the people at this particular firm. When came time, I interviewed with anyone who'd talk to me to see what else was out there. Result? Though FAR from a stellar student, I was able to consider 6 job offers and ended up staying where I interned. Granted that was fall 2006 with a bit better economic climate but still, those coming out in this field right now generally seem to be finding jobs. I do a good mix of field and office work, allowing me to correlate my field work with scouting trips.

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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby troutbum43 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:51 pm

Great advice everyone. I've been out with a degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation since 2007, I now work full time for USFWS refuge system. As you go through school, make the most of every summer. Work a different job each year, grow your skills. How to find such a job? The Texas A&M website, http://wfsc.tamu.edu/jobboard/, is the number one site to find a resource related summer job in my opion. www.pherkad.com is another excellent job search tool. You might make more money but doing constuction or working out of the field during your summers, but is going to kill you when you graduate if you have little field experience. You really only have 3 summers before you graduate to get that, so make the most of it. You will have a ton of fun too. Don't be afraid of the piddly stipend, just live on top ramen and natty ice :lol3:
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby troutbum43 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:55 pm

oh yeah and transer out of UCSB and go to Humboldt State, my alma mater. Otherwise they will see UCSB on your resume and figure you got a degree in surfing :wink: :hammer:
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby davkrat » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:23 am

I got my Environmental Studies degree from Sac State in 2003. I originally was majoring in Biology but was able to finish up a semester early to hopefully fill a vacancy from a retirement. Then about a month before graduation Gray Davis puts a hireing freeze and bye-bye position. I wish some times that I would have stayed in Biology so I could have been challenged a bit more with O-Chem and Physics classes, on the flip side I was required to take economics classes that Inever would have taken and I think it might have made me more rounded and a better critical thinker. You don't want to be environemntally grounded and get in an argument with an economist, it can be like oil and water. I also at times felt that most Biology programs are little more than pre-med qualifiers and I did not want that. I wanted to be a biologist! My brother graduated from UC Davis and took their Natural Resources curriculum? I don't remember the right title. He is now a fisheries biologist with DFG and I have worked as a biologist in invasive species for the last 12 years. Obviously only a premanent for the last 6. There are plenty of outdoor/environmental jobs outside of DFG that you can get with an Environmental Studies degree. Oh and like troutbum43 said, transfer to Humboldt! That place is unreal. I had always planned on going there but never tried. Then I married a girl from Humboldt and started going up there a couple times a year. It is an outdoorsman's paradise!
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby freebird134 » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:52 pm

UCSB is a great Environmental Studies program. They have a good Ecology program too, and I think you'll be exposed to professors from both. I'm actually finishing my PhD in Environmental Studies at Yale University right now (in fact, I am supposed to be working on my dissertation right at the moment, but keep drifting off to duck hunting web sites).

At your stage of the game, just keep your mind open and try to learn as much as possible and (maybe more importantly) be exposed to as much as possible. It is WAAAAY to early for you to know exactly what you will be doing in the future! Heck, I started off as a Wildlife Major at Univ of Idaho because I wanted to be a game warden, and now I study theoretical and experimental ecology! That Texas A&M job board is AMAZING! We've all found great jobs on there, so keep an eye on it. If you can get away with volunteering, don't be afraid to find a professor that is doing something you think is interesting and hit him/her up. Professors might seem big and scary, but I promise: they LOVE an undergrad that is willing to 1) work for free and 2) learn about what they are doing.

If you want to take some classes that can help you think about the animals you hunt a little better, look into a Behavioral Ecology course. I swear it will give you a different view of animals and help you understand why they do some of the things they do (which you can then use to aid your hunting strategies!). Good luck!
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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby jeff_osu » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:32 pm

I have a Wildlife Ecology B.S. from Okie State and am getting a M.S. in Zoology there as well. At the time, working for the state was my number one goal but then I got caught up in wetlands assessments and ArcGIS stuff and I'm more interested in things like HGM classification, wetland delineation, etc. In the last year my research has taken me all over the state and I've seen lots and lots of wetlands (maybe 500?)....I just absolutely love it.

As FreeBird says, keep an open mind because I had no idea I'd be where I am now 4 years ago. I'm still keeping an open mind, there was a watershed manager job (GS-12!) in Tennessee that looked awfully nice.... I still have 2 years to go, but it's cool to see what's out there for when I do get that second piece of paper.

In a nutshell:
1) Good grades (3.0 or above)
2) Internships
3) Get familiar with ArcGIS
4) Don't corner yourself in one field, be open-minded.

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Re: Anyone have a degree in Environmental Studies?

Postby yadkin_delta_shocker » Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:49 pm

i will be graduating this spring with a AAS in wildlife managemnet and recentely applied to NCSU to get a BS. i enjoy the crap out of it. i enjoy it so much i'm spending my spring break volunteering with the wildlife commission in southeastern NC
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