My Environmental Studies Degree prepared me well for my position as an Environmental Biologist with EnviroVector Environmental Consulting LLC. My work entails wetland delineations, wildlife and critical area evaluations, biological evaluations, mitigation research and report writing for agency evaluation.

What I love most about my job is being out in the field collecting data, exploring various sites and helping improve Washington State’s environment.

Something I draw from my EVST degree is the experience I gained in my environmental policy classes. Learning how to understand different jurisdictional policies has been crucial to my ability to communicate with different environmental agencies, city and county heads. The various environmental field work courses prepared me for my current role when I’m out in the field. Also, the ecology classes I took helped me understand the ecological system in Washington State.

My Environmental Studies Degree prepared me well for my AmeriCorps service. I just completed my second AmeriCorps term with YMCA Earth Service Corps. I worked with 6-12th graders as a Program Instructor for their school's environmental club. Serving six different schools across the Puget Sound Region meant interfacing with a lot of stakeholders and community partners. I'm transitioning to a new job as an outdoor educator for Seattle Parks and Rec, where I'll be teaching youth outdoor leadership skills.

What I love most about my job is being a mentor to youth and watching their confidence and leadership skills grow! I empower others to make a positive impact in their communities.

I employ the knowledge and experience from my Environmental Studies classes and internships to support the diverse projects youth are excited to implement! I also use my education to push youth past the surface level of environmental issues and ask them to assess the social and economic impacts for a just solution.

After graduating from SU, I joined the Peace Corps serving as a sustainable agriculture extension agent in Zambia. I lived in a village of about 200 people where I partnered with local counterparts and NGOs to implement sustainable agriculture projects. I worked in partnership with the local health clinic and school district to encourage female empowerment and healthy livelihoods to lower malaria and HIV/AIDS transmission rates. After my Peace Corps service, I returned to the States and started graduate school at Clark University where I am working on a MS in Environmental Science and Policy.

Serving in the Peace Corps gave me the opportunity to integrate into the community in which I worked. I learned that to be the most effective Peace Corp volunteer, I needed to understand the needs of the community. To do that, I learned the local language and built strong working relationships with the villagers. I was most valuable when working as a liaison connecting leaders in the village with NGOs and government officials in the provincial capital to expand access to education and training in sustainable agriculture practices.

Upon completion of my Master’s degree, I hope to pursue a career in addressing the intersection between climate change, food security, and humanitarian conflict both domestically and internationally. My career goal is to provide inclusive and equitable policy recommendations to ensure that the most vulnerable populations have the resources and support to adapt to the changing climate.

One of the most valuable skills that I developed from my Environmental Studies degree that has helped shape me as a young professional is my ability to evaluate complex environmental challenges from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective. The Environmental Studies program at Seattle University has shaped my ability to address and evaluate today’s complex environmental challenges considering the social, environmental, economic, political, and cultural scope of the problem.

My Environmental Studies Degree prepared me well for my position as a Senior Environmental Policy Analyst at Sound Transit. I coordinate, develop and lead programs, procedures, and initiatives managed by the Sound Transit Office of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability. This includes coordinating office-wide business functions, establishing processes for maintaining and updating environmental data and tracking tools, developing and implementing environmental procedures, recordkeeping, and administering elements of the Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS).

What I enjoy most about my job is that I work with smart, hardworking, and caring individuals. I also love getting to work on environmental topics and be thinking about sustainability and the protection of our environment. I feel fortunate to get to work on something in my own community and feel that connection.

My courses at SU prepared me to read complex environmental papers and distill information into approachable bites. I better understand the interconnectedness of the triple bottom line of "people, planet and prosperity” and how that impacts the environment in a transit setting.

My Environmental Studies Degree prepared me well for my position as the Operations Manager of the Berkeley Farmers' Markets, a program of a non-profit called the Ecology Center. We have three different markets in Berkeley, and my primary responsibility is to ensure that each has everything it needs to run smoothly. I also support the financial tracking of our CalFresh and Market Match nutritional benefit programs, which the Ecology Center facilitates for the entire state of California.

My favorite thing about my job is the market itself! My mom grew up in the fields, so my entire life she made it a point to take me to the farmers’ market each Saturday to meet the farmers and show me the origin of my food. I always had a passion for food and people, so seeing an entire alternate food system pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, always amazed me. Now I know well that there's a lot that goes into it, but the effort is certainly worth it.

Something I draw on constantly from my Environmental Studies days are the many case studies like climate change and fracking, where progress required collaboration with a diverse set of stakeholders. In my role, I seek to create and maintain a space that benefits farmers, vendors and customers in three very different socioeconomic areas. I frequently speak with members of each of these groups and I consider their unique needs and experiences when making decisions for the market as a whole.