ESS Department Resources
Looking for a job or internship in the Earth system or environmental sciences? The Undergraduate Opportunities site is a great place to start! Students should check the site on a regular basis. It is updated frequently with opportunities specifically for ESS students. The department also sends a monthly Job & Internship Opportunity Highlights email to undergraduates. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received it.
The Industry Networking Night is a networking event in Spring Quarter designed to introduce employers to undergraduates in the Department of Earth System Science. The event gives students the opportunity to learn about various career paths and job roles, and it offers companies exposure to the next generation of professionals who are actively seeking internships and entry-level jobs in the field.
Careers in ESS provides an opportunity for students majoring in Earth System Science or Environmental Science to learn about and develop the necessary skills needed to transition successfully from college to career.
Independent Study gives students the opportunity to earn academic credit for internships (field work, educational outreach, or other independent projects) under faculty direction.
The Physical Sciences Undergraduate Mentoring Program pairs students with science professionals who assist them in developing the professional, interpersonal and networking skills critical to their career success.
We invite employers to join our team as ESS Employer Partners. Please click here to learn more.
UC Irvine Career Center Resources
ZotLink is UC Irvine’s job and internship listing database with over 22,000 jobs listed each year.
A career fair is a one day event that provides students an opportunity to meet employers looking to hire for full- or part-time positions. The Career Center hosts a career fair every quarter.
The Career Center offers drop-in 10 minute career consultations and resume critiques Monday - Friday from 11 am - 4 pm. No appointment necessary - first come, first served.
UC Irvine Alumni Resources
The UCI+One Program prepares recent UCI undergraduate alumni for life after graduation. This program will help participants explore and prepare for careers and graduate school, and gain experience by connecting with professionals in areas of interest. The UCI+One Program will be customized to the individual goals of the participants.
Career Planning Tips and Tools
The Oceanography Society: A non-profit organization founded to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field. Student Membership: $30
The Women's Environmental Council: A non-profit association of women professionals in various environmental fields. Student Membership: $40
Earth System Science and Environmental Science Career Pathways
- air/water quality management
- atmospheric scientists (including meteorologists)
- city and state environmental and natural resource regulators
- college and university professors (graduate school required)
- conservation scientists and foresters
- consultants (with previous government / private sector experience)
- environmental law
- environmental policy and planning
- environmental science and protection technicians
- environmental scientists and specialists
- forest and conservation technicians
- hydrologists (graduate school required)
- planning and conservation
- pollution cleanup specialist
- public school earth science teachers
- soil science
- waste management
Resource Reading Material
4 Ways To Use Facebook To Find A Job (Forbes, February 2014)
4 Non-Annoying Ways To Follow Up After An Interview (Forbes, May 2012)
5 Ways Your Resume is Screaming "Unprofessional" (OC Register, March 2014)
The Right Degree for the Job
A bachelor’s degree will qualify one for work as a laboratory assistant, technician, technologist or research assistant in education, industry and government. A bachelor’s degree is also sufficient for nontechnical work in writing, illustration, sales, photography and legislation.
A master’s degrees allow for greater specialization in a field and more opportunities in research and administration. Some community colleges will hire Master’s level teachers.
Doctoral degrees are necessary for advanced research and administrative positions, university teaching and independent research.
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