Earth/Environmental Science and Sustainability

Explore careers in the environmental field by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

Agriculture

  • AG Careers - Jobs and internships in agriculture, food, and biotechnology
  • USDA - Jobs and internships with the Department of Agriculture

Energy

Environment & Conservation

Geology 

Outdoor 

  • A BAR A Ranch - Opportunities include & are not limited to: culinary/food, children counselor, housekeeper, gardener, grounds crew, and fishing guide.
  • American Explorers - Youth-based outdoor leadership program for nonprofit groups. 
  • Backdoor Jobs - Job board with listings organized by geographic location
  • CoolWorks - Job board organized by category, state, and season, also includes national parks jobs
  • Moondance - Adventure trips for teens, they hire trip leaders for summer trips to locations worldwide

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists - AAPG was reestablished as a way for students interested in geology to get involved and explore their desire to pursue a career in the petroleum industry. They aim to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and serve as a focal point for developing a feeling of professionalism through meeting industry representatives.
  • Environmental Studies Program Opportunities
  • Geology Department Resources
  • SEAL - The Student Environmental Action League supports sustainability on campus and within the local community, increases student awareness of environmental issues, and takes the initiative towards preserving, researching, and ultimately enjoying our natural environment.

Alumni to Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

Bryant Fulk '08

Bryant is currently Vice President - Geology for Wells Fargo Securities' Acquisition and Divestiture Advisory Group. In this role he helps advise clients on the oil and gas upstream A&D market, executes both buyside and sellside processes, and helps to generate new business for the group. Previously Bryant was an Earth Scientist and Project Manager at Chevron in the Delaware Basin (Texas/New Mexico). Before Chevron he was a Geologist at Chesapeake Energy where he was an Area Geologist and Geologist in the Eagle Ford. Bryant graduated from Rice University with an MBA (2015), San Diego State University with an M.S. in Geology (2010), and from W&L with a BA in Geology (Environmental Studies concentration) in 2008. Bryant has served as Global Chair of Student Chapters for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and currently serves as Vice Chair of AAPG's Investment Committee.

Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena Golze-Desmond graduated from Washington & Lee Law in 2010. At W&L, she had the opportunity to engage in several international law projects, including traveling to Liberia through the Access to Justice Practicum, to Tanzania as part of a report on its efforts to combat gender-based violence, and to Vienna on a summer internship with the U.N. Office of Drugs & Crime (prior to law school, she also had an internship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague). After graduating from W&L Law, she received an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, with a specialty in renewable energy, before returning to New York City.

Jessica Helm '00

Jessica graduated from Washington and Lee in 2000 with a degree in Biology. Jessica has worked as a lab technician then graduate student in neuroscience before joining the Silent Spring Institute doing environmental health research. In her volunteer life, Jessica served at multiple leadership levels in the Sierra Club including the Board of Directors doing conservation and committee leadership work. Talk to Jessica about academic, research, graduate, environmental, and non-profit work and experiences!

Elizabeth Yarbrough '92

Elizabeth Yarbrough graduated in 1992 from Washington and Lee with a degree in Business Administration. Not knowing what she wanted to do, Elizabeth took a job with First Union Bank at that time and became a commercial lender. After two years in that industry, Elizabeth and her husband Jim decided to start a family and had their first child, Jim, in 1996. Jim is a member of the W&L Class of 2018!After serving as the Junior League President, Chair of a community built playground, United Way volunteer and many other volunteer jobs, Elizabeth decided to return to the work force in 2009. Now with 3 teenagers, they are much more flexible about her working hours. She started her own company in 2009, called The Doctor's Bag, a healthcare marketing company specializing in building websites for physician practices and hospital systems. She has recently rebranded her company under the name LinkMD and has expanded her service line to include qualified patient lead generation, physician online reputation management, and online listing management services. She is in the process of wrapping up development of her IP, a physician database of information that can manage profiles, feed websites, and populate a physician directory and mobile app.