Professional Development & Activities

Resources for life after Environmental Studies at Gonzaga


Please use this page as a starting point for exploring environmental studies careers. Below are a host of on and off-site career planning resources. 
Don't underestimate the importance of getting some hands-on experience, which will help you pinpoint your interest in a certain area of environmental studies, and will often be your means of securing further education or employment.

I.    Gonzaga Career Center


5 Great Reasons for Environmental Studies Majors to go to the Career Center & GAMP Office in Crosby Student Center

Visit the Career Center at this link to explore opportunities

  1. Opportunities

  Are you looking for an internship or job? Check out the possibilities for Environmental Studies Majors in the widget at the bottom of this page. You can also sign up for ZagTrax on the career center website at ZagTrax Signup
  2. Connections

  Sign up for GAMP (Gonzaga Alumni Mentor Program) to access the network of over 2,400 mentors some of whom are working in fields related to Environmental Studies.
Sign up on-line at: GAMP Signup and then register for an orientation on ZagTrax.net.  When signing up, designate the environmental field of interest and/or in the geographical area you prefer to work.
  3. Outreach

  The Career Center is committed to identifying and building relationships with key constituents for the purpose of creating internship and job opportunities for students in Environmental Studies. Work with us by letting us know who you hope to work for so we can reach out and build a strong University relationship with the organization.
  4. Networking

  Did you know that 65% of jobs are found through the "hidden job market"? Let us assist you with the keys to effective networking.
  5. Training

  Receive hands on training on all aspects of your professional preparation: Résumé and Cover Letter Development, Interview Preparation, Internship & Job Search, and Building Your Network. We meet students where they are in their career development journey towards an Environmental oriented career.
Contact the Career Center/GAMP at 509-313-4234 or
careercenter@gonzaga.edu. Friend us on Facebook

II.    Are you interested in finding a summer internship?


Student Conservation Association (SCA) - the premier national organization for placing students into internships

Green Corps - One year paid training programs

Check out THIS LIST of environmental non-profits in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana

III.    Are you still exploring?    


The My Next Move website may help you clarify what you want your future career to be.

These 1-2 year postgraduate programs have provided excellent opportunities to dozens of Gonzaga students   Did you know that Gonzaga is #1 in the United States in Peace Corps participation among small colleges and universities?!

AmeriCorps

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Peace Corps

Teach for America


The following job boards and websites focus on green and environmentally related jobs:

Cyber-Sierra

Earthworks-jobs

Environmental Career Opportunities

Environmental Careers Organization

Greenbiz.com

Green Dream Jobs

Sustainable Industries

Treehugger.com

IV.    Where have GU ENVS grads gone after graduation?

Gonzaga's ENVS Major is only five years old as of 2013 but we have already placed students into a wide area of graduate, governmental, and environmental positions.  Below is a sampling of some of the career opportunities recent ENVS grads have chosen to pursue:

Graduate and Law Schools

Alaska Pacific University, Environmental Science
Oregon State University, Environmental Science
Oregon State University, Public Policy/Environmental Policy
Texas A&M University, Behavioral Ecology
University of California Irvine, Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky, Entomology, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs
University of Washington, School of Law

Government Positions

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
Olympic National Park, Washington (seasonal)
Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia (seasonal)
Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho (seasonal)
United States Army
United States Department of Energy (seasonal)
Washington State Department of Ecology

Environmental Organizations

Bay Area Climate Corps, San Francisco, California
Catholic Charities of Spokane Vinegar Flats Community Farm
Friends of Cedar River Watershed, Seattle, Washington
Northwest Earth Institute, Portland, Oregon
Northwestern Energy, Bozeman, Montana
University of Idaho, Lab Researcher
Upper Columbia United Tribes, Biological Field Technician, Washington


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Jon Isacoff
Chair, Environmental Studies
Associate Professor, Political Science
Gonzaga University, Box 52
Spokane, WA 99258-0052
Email: isacoff@gonzaga.edu
www.gonzaga.edu/envs