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Careers in Environmental Science

If you like science and learning about our world, environment, and living things, you may want to pursue a career in the Environmental Sciences. We know that college seems a long way off for many of you, but knowing what jobs interest you is the first step to finding an educational path that you will lead you there.

Here at Restoration Resources, our employees enjoy science, Nature, and the environment and it shows in everything they do. We are counting on you, the future stewards of our environment, to preserve the natural world around us. 

 

What Does an Environmental Scientist Do?

What does an Environmental Scientist do and how do I become one? Keep reading to find out!

Restoration Ecologist

A Restoration Ecologist gets to work both in the office and out in the field.  They determine what needs clients have in terms of restoration, prepare native habitat design and reports, and work with seeds and plants to create the perfect mixture for a site.  They are experts in California habitats and creatures. Listen to a Restoration Ecologist talk about her job.

Educational Path for Restoration Ecologist

There are many college majors that apply to the position of Restoration Ecologist. Some of them are:

Environmental and Resource Sciences – As Earth's human population increases, so, too, do the environmental stresses and pressures associated with humanity. Air, water and landscape pollution; the depletion of finite natural resources such as fossil fuels; the destruction of pristine wild environments: all are of concern to scientists and, increasingly, to the general public. Environmental and resource scientists study current problems to understand patterns of resource use and misuse. They draw from all disciplines of the natural sciences to find new ways to manage and decrease the impact our activities have on the environment.

Environmental Biology and Management – Do you consider yourself an environmentalist? Do you want to influence the ways in which our air, water, land and other natural resources are used and conserved? In this program, you will study the scientific basis for environmental decision-making, as well as the legal, economic and political issues involved in both national and international environmental issues. You'll work closely with top researchers in ecology and environmental sciences, gaining the knowledge you need to help make a difference in environmental preservation.

Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry – Horticulture majors study the ways that plants improve our everyday lives. Plants play many roles in human environments. In addition to beautifying indoor and outdoor areas, they control erosion, reduce energy and water consumption, and revegetate and restore destroyed landscapes.

Plant Biology – Plants are important to humanity for food, environmental enhancement and personal enjoyment. Plants are also the foundations of healthy ecosystems from the Arctic to the tropics. As a plant biology major, you'll study the structure and function of plants as living organisms, from the cellular and molecular to the ecological level. You may customize the major to suit your own goals, and you'll learn from some of the most widely acclaimed plant biologists working today.

Soil and Water Science – The preservation of our soil and water resources is important not only for agriculture, but for a range of other reasons affecting human and environmental health. Soil and water science majors study the different classifications of soil and the appropriate human uses of each; the origins and management of water resources; and the interaction of soil and water systems in agricultural production.

Landscape Habitat Designer

Do you like to draw? If so, a Landscape Habitat Design career may be for you. These designers take the plans we have made for our clients and create a visual representation using a computer drawing program. 

Educational Path for Landscape Habitat designer

The following majors are a good start on your way to becoming a Landscape Habitat Designer:
Civil Engineer – Civil engineers are responsible for the structures that form the transportation, resource distribution and environmental systems of contemporary society.  Increasingly, civil engineers are called upon to safeguard the health of our environment by managing and improving air, land and water quality with air, water and waste treatment systems.

Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry – Horticulture majors study the ways that plants improve our everyday lives. Plants play many roles in human environments. In addition to beautifying indoor and outdoor areas, they control erosion, reduce energy and water consumption, and revegetate and restore destroyed landscapes.

Landscape Architecture – The complex relationship between humans and our environment requires us to choose when and how to modify or conserve the land areas we use. Designated open spaces, parks and modern neighborhoods are all products of landscape architecture. UC Davis' landscape architecture program, one of the foremost in the nation, stresses the vital role of the landscape architect in striking a balance between urban expansion and environmental preservation. The program is fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which is the only organization sanctioned to grant such accreditations in the United States. Landscape architecture majors learn to solve problems creatively and to visualize spaces and three-dimensional concepts effectively.

Landscape Architect

This career takes Landscape Habitat Design to the next level. These highly trained professionals may have any of the above degrees plus their Landscape Architect license.   

Educational Path for Landscape Architect

See above Educational Path for Landscape Habitat Designer. Landscape Architect must also be a California Certified Landscape Architect. 

* Above degree descriptions borrowed from UC Davis catalog of majors.