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The environment sector is broad and comprises of a wide range of employers and career opportunities, both outdoors and office-based.
It can include:
Keep up with news and current issues by reading:
Work in the environment sector is likely to require a degree in Life Sciences, Environment or Ecology, possibly with a postgraduate qualification, though other subjects may be acceptable for some roles.
Useful skills include:
Look at the IEMA skills map for more suggestions.
Getting work experience is important for this sector, to make you stand out as a graduate applicant, and may be gained by volunteering, summer internships or a placement year.
A wide range of employers recruit into this sector, including organisations in the private and public sectors, charities and NGOs.
Labour market information (LMI)
See Prospects job profiles for the sector, for suggestions on employers and jobs sites. Use the following list as a starting point for your job search:
General environment/conservation/multiple functions:
Environmental consultancy/resource economics:
UK and European government departments and agencies:
Fisheries and marine:
Sustainability and CSR:
Jobs boards and LinkedIn can also be useful in your job search.
Large graduate recruiters will typically have online application forms, while smaller companies may require a CV. Check closing dates for opportunities and plan accordingly. Allow as much time as possible to make your application. Some graduate vacancies may be advertised up to a year in advance, but other opportunities may be more immediate, with a period of weeks from advert to deadline. Always follow the application method stated in the job advert. See our pages on the recruitment process to help you and find out more about CVs in the CV Guide on the VLE.
Make the most of your time at York to build relevant skills and experience, and find out about this sector. You could: