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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Ecology & 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

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Ecology & 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
New Jersey Conservancy Foundation Land Steward
Trailside Nature & Science Center Naturalist
Alpha Laser Owner
Yellowstone National Park Park Ranger
East Brunswick Township Parks Conservationist
Delaware & Raritan Greenway Program Administrator
International Bird Research Center Rehabilitation Director
Fisheries & Wildlife, Univ. of Missouri Research Assistant
Liberty State Park Resource Interpretive Specialist
Agway Sales Associate
USDA Natural Resources Soil Conservationist
ARC of Somerset County Technician
NJ Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife Waterfowl Technician


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Ecology & Natural Resources
Organization Job Title
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
T. Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation (MS Nat. Res. Mgmt.) District Mngr.
NJ Division of Criminal Justice (JD) Deputy Attorney General
Stony Brook - Millstone Watershed Association Education Director
Dept. of the Navy (MS Entomology) Entomologist
Louis Berger & Assoc., Inc. Environmental Scientist
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection Environmental Scientist
Roy F. Weston, Inc. Environmental Toxicologist
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (MS Forestry) Extension Forestry Specialist
Anadromous Fish Div., American Literal Society Manager
Volunteer Services, Liberty Science Center Manager
Agserve Land Management (MS Entomology) Owner
Eastern State Environmental Assoc. President
NJ Dept. of Envir. Protection Principal Environ. Scientist
USDA NRCS Resources Conservationist
Exponent Environmental Group Senior Ecologist
ICF Kaiser Engineering Senior Environmental Scientist
NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection Senior Environmental Specialist
Stonybrook Watershed Assoc. Senior Watershed Specialist
USDA State Resource Inventory Specialist
Bellplain State Forest Superintendent/Parks & Forestry
Trade ARBED Trading Administrator

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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