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Where are ENVST graduates?

 Jordan Caldwell '19 (ENSVT) 

Wildlife Ecologist - University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"My career is in wildlife biology, originally I was a Biology major but I found the curriculum to be too mirco for my interests. Environmental and Sustainability Studies offered a more macro view of how the environment functioned. This major also allowed me to tailor my degree towards my specific interests and offered a much broader field of careers after graduation." 

How would you describe a day in your position?

"In the face of a rapidly growing Utah population, precious wildlife in the Wasatch Mountain Range is at risk. To better understand anthropomorphic impact in the region we are studying the phenology, migration patterns, distribution and density of the wildlife in the Wasatch Mountains. Therefore, my position involves a lot of time outdoors in this beautiful mountain range. A typical day involves hiking many kilometers in the forests setting up, taking down, and retrieving data from trail cameras set up in the forest that are recording animal presence. After the data has been retrieved I then will sort the data by species, location, time, and date. Ultimately this will help us track the effect that humans are having on wildlife and provide us with more information on how to pursue sustainable development.

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Get involved! Now is the time for you to explore your interests. Sign up for activities, get an internship, volunteer with groups and organizations that closely align with your interests. If you can get into a lab do it, if you can conduct an undergraduate research project that's even better! This time of exploration and experimentation is priceless. The connections you will make during your experiences are priceless. All the while keep your future career in mind so that you may tailor your degree towards a career that intrigues you. Also, remember to have fun." 


Quinn Graves '19 (ENSVT & Geography

Edible by Design 

Sun Valley, ID

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I selected the ENVST program because it seemed like it would provide me with an interdisciplinary education on topics I truly care about. The field class then exposed me to a small amount of field work and a large community of folks who care about environmental issues. I stayed in the program because it is like a small community that fosters creative endeavors, research, and ideas. I was exposed to classes that challenged my thinking and pushed me to learn in ways that best suited me such as being an undergraduate researcher." 

How would you describe a day in your position?

"I haven't yet started but I'm hoping it's a lot of work outside and learning about organic gardening and sustainable landscaping.

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Get to know your advisors and professors because they are around to support you and foster your learning. This is how I made connections and became involved in research.


Brianna Milot '18 (ENSVT & Geography Minor

Research Assistant -  University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I chose the ENVST program because I have always been passionate about sustainability. I wanted an interdisciplinary major that tied together elements of social and biological sciences to find solutions for current issues." 

How would you describe a day in your position?

"My position involves a lot of variability. Although most of my work is in labs or in front of a computer, I have spent some time in the field collecting soil samples. Generally, I conduct analyses on our soil samples, assist in grant writing, and help manage and analyze our data." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Get involved in as many different things as possible in your undergrad, whether it be with internships, clubs, jobs, or volunteering opportunities. It can feel overwhelming to figure out what you want to do after graduation, and getting involved can help make the decision a little easier." 


Drew Kennedy '18 (ENSVT & Geography

Master's Student - University of Utah, Geography 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I have always feared the threat of human influenced climate change. I wanted to understand the processes driving climate change and to understand what I could to do better. Also, I am interested in understanding the power of grassroots organizing and how community ties and events can encourage people to make a change in their day-to-day lives." 

How would you describe a day in your position?

"When I go to the Natural History Museum to do my research I am preparing charcoal samples, or pollen samples to count. Or I am cutting the sediment core by a millimeter interval. Other days I am reading academic papers to add to an annotated bibliography to make writing my thesis manuscript easier after the lake sediment cores have been analyzed. When I am not in the lab I’m in class and trying to develop technical skills that will be marketable like GIS or working in R just in case following my Master’s degree I decide to get a job rather than going on to a PhD program." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"I think ENVST students should get involved in doing a UROP as a way of getting their foot in the water of research to help in deciding if they want to go into grad school. Also, I think it’s a really good idea to do a double major or a ENVST major with a minor to expand your horizons and seem more marketable in the job market." 


Jordin Hartley '18 (ENSVT & Earth Science Minor) 

Master's Student - University of Utah, Geography 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I am interested in using resources efficiently and sustainably (including land use), minimizing waste, and social equality."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"A typical day consists of class, lab time, reading, and homework. When I leave campus after lab work, classes, office hours, etc., I go home and do reading and grading for at least one hour before settling down, fixing dinner and going to bed." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Do a double major or add a minor. Although I found concepts learned in ENVST valuable, when I was taking classes in the program I did not feel as if it was enough to constitute an entire major. Adding a second major or at least a minor will provide a wider array of skills to prepare students for a career or graduate studies."


Nik MacPhee '18 (ENSVT & GIS Certificate) 

Natural Resource Specialis -  BLM

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I chose ENVST because I wanted to tailor my degree to what my future goals were. Using this degree, I was able to not only take as much wildlife, conservation, environmental science, and biology courses as I could, but I was also able to take classes in ENVST that taught me how to apply that knowledge to better conserve and protect resources within the United States in a way that benefits a multi-use environment. Emphasizing in Land Management, Conservation, and Place allowed me to gain a knowledge of our public lands in a way that has awarded me the capabilities to immerse myself in federal land management as a wildlife technician." 

How would you describe a day in your position?

"My day as a Natural Resource Specialist involves surveying land that currently holds a proposal for oil and gas leasing. My job during surveys is to determine the presence of sensitive and endangered species as well as other significant potential impact to the land that could potentially ensue from oil and gas leasing. From these surveys, I help write NEPA documents that determine whether or not the oil and gas lease can take place. I additionally hold lessees accountable for following the onshore orders and other mandates to ensure maximum sustainable management of these lands and activities. My position involves a lot of communication with lessees of multiple uses, the public, and my coworkers in the office." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"If you have an interest in working for the government, check out USA Jobs immediately and go over the course requirements for each position. Make sure you’re graduating with the courses you need to pursue the career that you want! You may also find that there are positions you hadn’t thought of before that may fit your interests as well. Some additional advice is to gain as much experience as possible during your time with the program. Volunteer, do multiple internships, participate in community events. Just having a degree won’t necessarily land you the job. Go above and beyond and show them what you’re made!" 


Samantha Helene Thomas '18 (ENSVT & International Studies) 

Development Associate - Wildlands Network

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

 "Pat Shea was a guest lecture in a course of mine, and from that moment I knew I had to dedicate my academic pursuits to human and environmental justice.

How would you describe a day in your position?

"Working alongside industry leaders to promote conservation and political awareness via marketing campaigns and donor outreach.

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Develop your technical skills ASAP.


Georgie Corkery '17 (ENSVT & Urban Ecology)

Conservation Chair   Great Salt Lake Aububon Board
Sustainability Coordinator   Utah Pride Festival 
Substitute Teacher   Utah Schools for the Def and Blind
Staff   Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"It made the most sense to learn about such an important and interesting issue, and I wanted to know more about it (because I knew basically nothing about environmentalism)."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I teach in the mornings, work in the office for 4 hours, attending coordination meetings, and go out into the field on a weekly basis to bird or do conservation work." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Get involved in extracurricular activities, sit down with your professors once a semester, and take the hard classes."


Jack Egan '17 (ENSVT & Economics)

Master's Student - University of Utah, Finance 

Stio - Community Marketing Manager

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I've been passionate about environmental issues and the goal of promoting sustainability since grade school, so I was naturally drawn to the ENVST program."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"At work, I spend the majority of my time planning and executing community events and programs. A good portion of my time is spent developing and fostering relationships within the outdoor industry, which includes organizations like Protect Our Winters and The Conservation Alliance. In the evenings, I'm in class or working on schoolwork for my grad program."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"You hear it all the time, but get involved! I was a Marketing Intern for the U's Sustainability Office for about two years, and the real-world experience that I gained during that time helped me tremendously in terms of getting additional internships while in undergrad and a job post-graduation. Also, technical/hard-skills matter and they are in high demand by employers, so take the tough classes that will expose you to them. Having a working knowledge in something like Excel, Adobe Illustrator, or SQL can go a long way."


Warren Beecroft '16 (ENSVT & Geography)

Master's Student - Uppsala University, Sustainable Development

Sustainablity Advisor - Sustain in Time

Uppsala, Sweden 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Humans are having a catastrophic impact on the environment."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I work with companies and industry groups to implement transformative sustainablity and principles of circular economy/design into buisness. We are also developing a web platform called Sustain Online which Will so the same for small and medium sized businesses that would normally be priced out of sustainablity consulting." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Read Degrowth by Giorgos Kallis, Read Down to Earth by Bruno Latour, Read things that make you engaged with the problems you see around you. Design solutions, don't just analyze problems. Read more."


 Jai Hamid Bashir '15 (ENSVT, Gender Studies, & English)

MFA Candidate - Columbia University, Poetry

New York City, NY

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I was invested in using my undergraduate experience to explore the intimacy between more-than-human and human ecologies. I wanted to study what is happening to this planet and what are some praxis-oriented solutions to help curb ecological uncertainty."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I attend lectures, seminars and workshops all orbiting around poetic methodology and poetry making." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Take risks. Think in an interdisciplinary manner. Think about your responsibility as a citizen of this planet. Be present with the passions you are curious about and nurtured by. It is okay to feel frustrated. Have hope. We don't need perfection from environmentalists, we need millions of imperfect environmentalists. Please take any and every class you can with Brett Clark."


Justin Weiss '15 (ENSVT)

Safety Specialist - Hazardous Waste Management - ARUP Laboratory, University of Utah Research Park 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I have always been interested in a natural resource career. Work under the DNR here in Utah, or at the federal level with the BLM."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Reviewing and keeping up to date on regulatory requirements from OSHA, EPA, CLSI, CLIA, and CAP. Maintain all hazardous waste from accumulation to disposal. I also teach training courses relating to safety.

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Focus on the specifics of the program in which you are interested in. Either political/social and or scientific sides of environmental science. It will give you a better hand in the career path."


Nytashia Allbritton '15 (ENSVT)

Hydrological Technician - United States Forest Service

Payette National Forest, ID

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I chose this program because I knew it would fulfill my soul by doing environmental conservation."

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Every day is different. However, I help protect watersheds in the forest. This is done by planting, surveying, collecting data & educating the public."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students? 

"Start volunteering now. The classes that have a service component should be taken seriously because you get credit for them and it really helps on a resume."


Tracy Lewis '15 (ENSVT) 

Teacher - Clever Octopus

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"To find a way to enact change in my community and create ways to move toward a more sustainable future." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Using sustainable materials and creativity to teach kids about the importance of reuse."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Follow what you’re passionate about and the rest will fall into place."


Kristopher Watson '14 (ENSVT & Geography) 

Program Manager - State Entomologist 

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I like the natural environment and work protecting our natural resources and industries from invasive insects." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Helping to support and protect the social, environmental and economic integrity of the great state of Utah."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Your education is important, but don’t underestimate the value of any experience you can gather along the way."


Wendy Dodd '14 (ENSVT) 

Administrative Assistant - ARUP Laboratories

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"It's so important to understand how we affect our environment, and vice versa.

How would you describe a day in your position?

"I facilitate business operations in the Laboratory Informatics Department." 

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Start thinking from the beginning, about how you can specialize and focus your skills. If I were to start again, I would focus on environmental justice, and economics in relation to environmental sustainability.


Alya Hussain '13 (ENSVT & Psychology) 

Research assistant -  University of Utah, Biology Department 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I took the intro course and found it interesting." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I work in a structural biology lab. A lot of assays, tissue culture, and microscopy, but also teaching and learning, reading, writing, and occasionally presenting."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"It is so great that you are pursuing something interesting!"


Amie Cox '13 (ENSVT) 

School Programs Manager - Red Butte Garden

Master's Student -  Science Education

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Because I knew I wanted a career that would contribute to the greater good. I desired to direct my education to a field where i'd feel fulfilled and be a part of solutions in our community, and in social policy." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Depends on the time of year! I oversee three programs at Red Butte Garden which serve ~25,000 students throughout the state. We provide free informal science outreach throughout the state with legislative funding. I found my current position while finishing my last semester of ENVST and it led to a full time position that I absolutely love!"

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"The program has come so far since I participated. Pick a focus, be on the lookout for opportunities throughout your last year, and don't be afraid to approach someone already in the field you're interested in for advice!"


Sam Taylor '13 (ENSVT & Geography

Lead Watershed Scientist – Salt Lake County 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Growing up the outdoors were always the place I could go to relax whether it be family trips or an afternoon in the mountains. ENVST was one of the few programs that recognized this space as an, often fragile, resource." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"There are a lot of seasonal changes to an average day, but I always have a mix of outside and inside work. Usually days are spent waist deep in the water looking at river channel stability or collecting macroinvertebrate samples, other days are spent cleaning and processing all the field data we collect."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Find a field or program you’re truly interested in and talk to folks who have been there for a while. See what they were doing when they were in your place and ask if you’re moving in the same direction."


Todd Lehman '13 (ENSVT) 

Development Coordinator - Wildlife Protection Solutions

Co-owner - Clear Intentions Glass Recycling

Denver, CO

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Because its coursework included many of the things I care about, such as saving the planet, as well as access to many other real-world skills-building courses.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Very very busy, filled with a litany of tasks ranging from marketing glass recycling efforts to scheduling anti-poaching/virtual reality filming trips to Africa and Indonesia."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Definitely take courses related to non-profit or business financing and development."


Victoria Simmons '13 (ENSVT & Geography

Master's Student - Geography 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Its a program where I could learn about ways to help my understanding of the environment and how I can make it a better place for the future." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Make time for writing, always."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"My advice would be to explore jobs while in the program, talk to as many people as you can, and try to find things that bring you joy because climate change science can be pretty depressing."


Gordon Rowe '12 (ENSVT) 

Assistant Attorney General - Natural Resources Division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I enjoyed the multidisciplinary approach to understanding the environment and how society deals with it.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"During law school I focused on natural resource and environmental law issues. This summer I will be studying full-time for the bar. Once I’m at the AG’s office I will represent various Divisions and Boards in the Utah Division of Natural Resources."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Start networking and attending events in the community early in your time in the program. Also consider focusing on a particular area of study and gear your classes and internships towards this area."


Samantha Heusser '12 (ENSVT) 

Sr. Environmental Compliance Coordinator-  Dominion Energy

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"After changing my major two or three times, my passion for wildlife protection and sustainability ultimately led me to the ENVST program. Once I learned about environmental justice from the introductory course (and witnessed the expert-knowledge of program staff), I was hooked. The ability to choose classes based on my areas of interest (policy, science, biology, humanities, writing, etc.) was also a positive factor." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Fast-paced, with new and fulfilling challenges every day. A mix between office work and field work."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Always take an internship (even if unpaid), it will help get your foot in the door amidst an ultra-competitive job market. Try to get an internship that aligns with your career interests and interview people working in the field to get a better idea of what your interests are."


Chris Haight '10 (ENSVT) 

Watershed Scientist - Salt Lake County

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I love the outdoors and thought that this program would be a great stepping stone to begin a career in an environmental field after my military career.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Everyday is different depending on what project i am working on. one day I could be in the office analyzing data or drawing plans for a project on AutoCAD. The next day I can be out taking E.coli samples in our watershed and then the next day I can be out gathering data through field surveys."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Enjoy school, and be smart with your student loans. When it comes time to find a job or internship send out an email to as many people/groups/Non-profits as you can, even if it does not land you a position with them that resume might end up in the right persons hand through someone else. That is how I got where I am today. Good Luck and have fun and enjoy college!!"


Shane Stroud '10 (ENSVT & English) 

Assistant Utah Attorney General

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Excellent coursework. Good clinical/internship offerings and opportunities. I believed it would give me a good foundation for post-grad studies." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Typical duties of civil litigators: depositions, court appearances, brief writing, client counseling, etc."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Select challenging coursework as well as coursework outside your major course of study, avail yourself of the various clinical and internship opportunities, connect with your classmates. One warning: the coursework in the ENVST program can lean humanities heavy. A student wanting to do so can avoid science/math coursework and still graduate with a BS. That can be dangerous for students who want to move into a science-focused career or post-grad program. For those that might want those career options, students would be wise to augment their ENVST coursework with more math and science than the program requires."


Brent Harrison Bardo '05 (ENSVT) 

Principal - Harmony School of Enrichment

Houston, TX

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"A love of the Earth, a love of people, a love of education.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Not boring. I love working with teachers and students to create a public education that is connected to the environment and the community."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Gain lots of work experience, whether paid or volunteer. Use your college education to support and guide your work experience, rather than the other way around."


Elise Ersoy '04 (ENSVT) 

Manager - California Energy Commission

Sacramento, CA

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I wanted to bridge the gap between environmental science and policy. This was a multi-disciplinary major that allowed for that education.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I am able to make decisions and recommendations that directly effect renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in K-12 schools. I have also managed the energy forecast which is the basis for whether or not power plants are built in California, and am now working on renewable energy integration to reach California's aggressive renewable energy mandates."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Consider going abroad for graduate school. You can often get FAFSA loans, it is often less expensive, and you will gain a new perspective."


Michelle Martineau '03 (ENSVT) 

Administrative Director - Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance 

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Because I wanted to incorporate my love of science with my passion for conservation and environmentalism. This seemed like the perfect fit." 

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I handle all human resource related issues for the organization, deal with bookkeeping and accounting issues, and general office management."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Keep an open mind when it comes to a career path. I didn't expect to be in HR with an Environmental Studies degree, but found my home at SUWA, surrounded by equally passionate, like-minded people who care about Utah's wilderness and preserving it for generations. You never know when you'll stumble upon your dream job. It took me 10 years after graduating to find it, but I love what I do and find immense fulfillment with the work I do." 


Kellie Reese '02 (ENSVT) 

Sr Principle Supply Chain Procurement Specialist

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"Originally I wanted to be a marine biologist and this was a step in that direction. Understanding and sharing the awareness of our choices and the impacts they can make not only to us but with all living things.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Each day brings a new challenge. Reviewing products from ratings and safety to ensure we are choosing the best products."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Work Hard and Stay Passionate.


Marry Taylor Stewart '02 (ENSVT) 

NEPA Planner - USDA Forest Service

Salt Lake City, UT

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"The program was quite new at the time but it offered many interdisciplinary options that appealed to me as a hardcore environmentalist.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"Currently serves as the subject matter expert for eMNEPA (electronic management of NEPA) and provides technical oversight and expertise in operations, customer support, and application development. Delivers eMNEPA training and support to Forest Service field units nationwide. Provides a variety of national services, support, and products for the efficient and effective implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)."


Hilarie Engle '01 (ENSVT & History) 

Executive Director - Idaho Fish & Wildlife Foundation

Boise, ID

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I chose the ENVST program because I wanted to have a positive impact on the special places we get to call home. It is important for us to preserve and protect these areas before they are gone.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I get to travel the state working to preserve and protect Idaho's most valuable resources. We primarily work with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game-getting to view up close the passion of each employee in their work is exciting. In the next couple of weeks I will float a river in North Idaho to view a project to provide colder water into spawning habitat, hike in a Nature Conservancy Preserve in the East, tour a site for Idaho's first wildlife pass in the South-I don't think many people get to have these experiences in their everyday lives."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Volunteer, intern, anything to get you experience and help you find your path." 


Ashley Thieman Kever Phillips '00 (ENSVT & Psychology

Partner - Thompson & Knight LLP 

Austin, TX

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I had an interest in environmental science, law, and policy.

How would you describe a day in your position? 

"I provide legal counsel to clients in the manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, real estate, and lending industries on their environmental regulatory obligations in their day-to-day operations and the risks of environmental liability in proposed transactions--that involves legal research and writing, review of transactional and due diligence documents (e.g., environmental site assessments, purchase and sale agreements, master service agreements), drafting and commenting on those documents, and conference calls and e-mails with clients and environmental consultants (e.g., engineers, professional geologists)."

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Identify professionals and mentors in the career that you want to have and interview and network with them. Find out if that's really want you want to do and how to be successful at it. Those contacts also serve as great prospective job contacts!


Natalie Rees '98 (ENSVT) 

Watershed Coordinator - Salt Lake County, For 4 Years

MS - Alaska Pacific University, Environmental Science 

Why did you select the ENVST program?

"I have always been interested in Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Issues. I felt ENST was the most appropriate degree for me at the time.

What advice do you have for current ENVST students?

"Seek internships and other opportunities as soon as possible. Figure out what area of Environmental Studies you are most interested in and get practical experience."


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Last Updated: 6/1/19