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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources



The Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources major provides an understanding of how natural living systems function and evolve, and how they can be managed to conserve biodiversity while providing benefits to people. Students may pursue course work that prepares them for traditional careers in resource management or environmental education, or they may follow a path that meets interests related to the conservation of natural resources and the ecology and evolution of natural systems. Graduates may pursue further study at the graduate level or find career opportunities in public or private organizations involved in the management of natural resources. This major provides a broad general understanding of the functioning, significance, and conservation of living systems. The flexibility of this major is intended to meet a variety of student interests and needs. Students are encouraged to organize elective courses to fulfill the requirements of a minor or certificate program. Particularly appropriate are the 5-year Science Teacher Education Program, the certificate in Environmental Geomatics, and the certificate in Urban/Community Forestry.

A bachelor's degree is sufficient for most advanced technician positions in a wide variety of organizations. As one progresses in the field an advanced degree might be required. While most graduates work in related occupations and eventually obtain advanced degrees, others choose different directions. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Agricultural Business Rep. Forester Plant Geneticist
Agricultural Inspector Fundraiser Preserve Mngr.
Argonomist Geographic Info. Systems Specialist Public Affairs Manager
Biologist Grass Roots Coordinator Quality Control Analyst
Cattle Buyer Human Resources Professional Remediation Specialist
Conservationist Hydrogeologist Seed Analyst
County Extension Director Laboratory Researcher Soil Conservationist/Engineer
Ecotourism Coordinator Lobbyist Statistician
Environmental Educator Naturalist Vocational/Agriculture Teacher
Environmental Planner Nursery Owner Water Resources Manager
Fire Warden Park Conservationist Watershed Technologist
Fish Hatchery Mngr. Park Superintendent Wildlife Mngr.

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Agricultural Products Manufacturers Engineering Firms Pharmaceutical Companies
Biotechnology Firms Environmental Consulting Firms School Systems
Botanical Gardens Fermentation Companies Watershed Associations
Chemical Manufacturers Forest Management Agencies Weed Control Companies
Colleges/Universities Laboratories Wholesale Distributers
Conservation Organizations Lumber/Paper Companies World Wildlife Fund
Consulting Firms Nature Conservancies .
Crop/Soil Management Firms Nature Science Centers .


Government Agencies
Agricultural Research Service County Greenway Organization National Institutes of Health
Bureau of Land Management Department of Agriculture National Science Foundation
Bureau of Reclamation Department of Environmental Protection Peace Corps
Conservation Dept. Department of the Interior Shade Tree Commission
Consumer Affairs Office Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife Soil Conservation Service
Cooperative Extension Services National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Teach For America

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
D&R Greenway and Friends of Princeton Open Space Land Stewardship Internship

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Organization Job Title
Lesco, Inc. Agricultural Sales Rep

Aqua Survey, Inc. Aquatic Toxicologist/Biologist

Prudential Client Service Representative

Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Assoc. Environ. Educator

NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection Environ. Specialist

Rutgers University - Cook College Field Researcher

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fish & Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Fire Lookout

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Shehadi & Sons Account Mngr.

State Agriculture Development Committee Agricultural Resource Specialist

Cornell University (MS Nat. Res. Mgmt.) Aquatic GIS Research Specialist

NJ State Park Service (MS Nat. Res. Mgmt.) Asst. Director

Richard D. Goodenough Assoc. Inc. Associate Forester

USDA Computer Specialist

NJ Div. of Fish, Game & Wildlife Conservation Officer

NJ Div. of Fish, Game & Wildlife Database Coordinator

NJ Div. of Criminal Justice (JD) Deputy Attorney General

A.G. Matthew & Co. Director of Operations

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Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Cornell University MS Natural Resource Management

Cornell University, School of Veterinary Medicine DVM

East Tennessee State PhD Paleontology

Montclair State MA Teaching

Penn State University MS Entomology

Rutgers University MS Natural Resource Management

University of Cambridge Engineering

University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology PhD Herpetology

University of Vermont MS Natural Resource Management

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