Natural Resources and Environmental Management Career Guide

Explore Options: A Menu of Major-Specific Experiences and Sampling of Related Career Paths

Explore our Natural Resources and Environmental Management academic resources, designed to support your academic aspirations.

Curriculum Guide

Biology Department

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What Can I Do With This Major?

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Feeling like you don't know what to do with all of this great information? We highly encourage to make an appointment with your academic advisor and career advisor. Another great starting point is the Self-Guided Career Exploration Tool.

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Career Assessment - PathwayU

Jobs via Handshake

Biology Job Feed

Career Communities

Menu of Experiences

Join A Student Organization

Get involved with a student organization related to your major. Student orgs are a great way to get connected and explore career options!

Biology Club
Student Environmental Coalition
Wildlife Society
Soil and Water Conservation Club
Beekeeper Club

Student Organizations

Relevant Courses and Certificates for Building Skills

Developing the relevant skills that employers seek is an essential component of a student's education. GVSU students should consider strategic elective courses and certificates to pair with their major in order to gain additional skills.

Grant Writing
Public speaking
GIS Certificate
Sustainable City and Regional Planning Certificate
Sustainable Food Systems Certificate

Electives to Consider

Community Service Opportunities

Seek volunteer opportunities related to the field you're exploring as a way of testing out future careers.

The Civic Engagement Center keeps a list of current volunteer opportunities updated on their website. There are ongoing opportunities on a continuous basis, as well as on-campus and off-campus opportunities posted as they become available.

Civic Engagement Center

NREM Study Abroad Options

Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market.

"In the era of the Anthropocene, gaining international perspectives on natural resource management strategies is an invaluable component of a holistic education. The Norwegian model for sustainability is realized on all levels, from national policies for sustainable development to household recycling and compost programs. Resources are not just protected for their utility, but truly enjoyed by all, with outdoor recreation being a key part of the national identity. My trip to Norway allowed me to see first-hand that better solutions exist for mitigating global climate change, and energized me to work towards implementation of better practices here in the states. As Aristotle said,

Natural Resources and Environmental Management Study Abroad

Undergraduate Scholar Engagement

Pursuing academic, creative, and research experiences and projects outside the classroom is an excellent way to learn new skills and build a body of work in your field.

The Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship.

Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE)

NREM Career Spotlights

Natural Resource Management

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  • Forestry Technician – U.S. Forestry Service
  • Invasive Species Strike Team – Ottawa Conservation District
  • Conservation Worker – Ann Arbor Nature Area Preservation
  • Biological Technician – Clearwater Fish Hatchery
  • Sustainability Team Leader – Mitten Brewing Company
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator – Manistee County
  • Resource Recovery Specialist – Department of Public Works Kent County
  • Biological Service Technician – National Park Services
  • Agronomy Sales – Farmers Co-op Elevator
  • Survey Analyst – State of Michigan
  • Resource Conservationist – USDA/NRCS
  • Consulting Utility Forester – Davey Resource Group
  • Ecological Restoration Technician – Cardno JFNew
  • Environmental Compliance and Sustainability – Meijer
  • Wetland, Stream, Agricultural, NEPA Specialist – Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Agriculture Program Specialist – YMCA
  • GIS Specialist – City of Holland
  • Calibration Technician – Grand Rapids Metrology
  • Associate Forester – Consumers Energy
  • Sustainability Coordinator – Founders Brewery

Attend Events

Career Community- STEM

Build Project Information Session

June 18, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The GVSU Career Center has partnered with the Build Fellowship to provide short-term experiences to students. Join a virtual information session to explore the dynamic 8-week programs, led by industry-professionals...

Traveling Career Quiz

August 23, 2024 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Embark on a journey of self-discovery outside of Kleiner Commons with the Career Center's student staff as your guides. First-year students, come and explore a myriad of career quizzes tailored...

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Consider joining the STEM Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Beyond Undergraduate: Graduate or Professional Programs

Students with a NREM degree may continue on to a graduate program.  Here are some examples of programs students have pursued:

  • Natural Resources Management
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Genetics
  • Marine Biology
  • Medical Science

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Career Center Resources

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Page last modified June 17, 2024