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Your Shower Door, LLC
Full-time Entry Level
Organization: Your Shower Door, LLC
Type: Full-time Entry Level
Post Date: 5/25/16
Expiration Date: 7/31/16
Good Samaritan Ministries
Full-time Entry Level, Off-Campus Part-Time (less than 30 hours)
Organization: Good Samaritan Ministries
Type: Full-time Entry Level, Off-Campus Part-Time (less than 30 hours)
Post Date: 5/24/16
Expiration Date: 10/31/16
ETNA Supply Company
Organization: ETNA Supply Company
Type: Internship
Post Date: 5/20/16
Expiration Date: 6/20/16
Schepers Concrete Construction
Full-time Entry Level, Full-time Experienced
Organization: Schepers Concrete Construction
Type: Full-time Entry Level, Full-time Experienced
Post Date: 5/19/16
Expiration Date: 6/19/16
Center for Inquiry�Michigan
Organization: Center for Inquiry�Michigan
Type: Internship
Post Date: 5/18/16
Expiration Date: 5/30/17

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Environmental Studies graduates go on to a wide variety of careers in business, NGO's, Municipalities, and trade and professional organizations. The GVSU Environmental Studies program prepares students to apply their knowledge through class projects, individual assignments, internship positions, and hands-on field work.

In a 2012 survey of employers in the West Michigan region, 93% indicated that they have an interest in promoting sustainability within their organization.

The skill sets these employers identified as most desirable include:

  • Environmental impact and assessment
  • Economic impact assessment
  • Alternative and renewable energy
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Social impact and assessment
  • Neighborhood and community sustainability and revitalization
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Sustainable food systems and urban agriculture

Want to know more? See our more detailed overview of "Green Jobs Projections to 2020" for the U.S., Michigan, and the greater Grand Rapids area, and see the recent USDA report "Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment 2015-2020."

Be sure to take a look at the GVSU Environmental Studies Internship Guide and the Volunteer and Internship Resources page for ways to expand your education beyond the classroom.

Consider reading "Pursuing a Degree in Environmental Studies: Where Will It Lead?" by Carol Ruhl via

The following sites provide much more information on green jobs:

Items on this list come from the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS), and the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

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Green Corps

Green Corps was launched by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in 1992. The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today's critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow's environmental battles.

Environmental Career Opportunities

Our environmental job vacancies are from all sectors of the job-market including non-profits, corporations, professional firms, institutions, and Federal, state and local governments. We have heard many success stories from our subscribers who have gotten new and better jobs through ECO, the #1 source of environmental jobs!


Additional job listings can be found on our Volunteer and Internship Resources page.