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Ecology & Conservation Biology careers

Career Guide

Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.

Conservation biologist/ecologist

Work to reverse the trends of species extinction and loss of natural habitat. The growing field combines science such as biology and chemistry with leadership and communication skills needed to engage the public. You can work for agencies and nonprofit organizations, in the wild and in confined habitats like zoos.

Conservation/restoration program manager

Direct individual conservation programs within a larger organization. Day-to-day management includes not only general operations but also finance and personnel management. As specialist in a particular area, you are the ultimate resource.


Study all plant life, big and small. You can work in an educational setting, teaching and researching. You can also do practical works such as work at botanical gardens, arboretums, zoos or herbariums.

Environmental specialist

Use your natural science training to protect the environment and human health. You may work in offices or laboratories, or in the field to gather data and monitor conditions. Median pay: $63,570 per year.

Environmental lawyer

Interpret the issues, statues, regulations and laws that impact our natural resources and environment in the courtroom as an environmental lawyer. This is an exciting, fast-changing field that will keep you at the edge of environmental protection rules.

Invasive species management specialist

Help protect lands from foreign species that can be harmful to the future ecology of the area. Your understanding of ecological relationships will allow you to identify invasive species and plan strategies for the future health of the land.

Landscape ecologist

Combine natural and social science with your research skills to improve relationships between landscapes and things that impact them. These can include natural factors such as climate change and ecology to human influences such as agriculture or urban development.

Graduate School

Because of its interdisciplinary character and thesis requirement, ECB provides a uniquely targeted preparation for entry into graduate studies in Conservation and Ecology.