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Environmental Policy & Planning Careers

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Stay adaptable in a changing world.

As more and more organizations focus on the link between healthy environments and quality of life, people who know how to integrate environmentally-conscious decisions and plan for sustainable actions are in high demand.

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14% Job Growth

Employment of government analysts is projected to grow 14% from 2020-2030.
U.S. Dept. of Labor.


There are local companies and global corporations in our region looking for you!


The median salary nationally for experienced environmental communications specialists is $62,800.
Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Career Options

This list is just a starting point. It represents just some, but not all, of the careers you might consider. There are a variety of professions in environmental policy and planning.

  • Community Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Sustainable Landscape Design
  • Invasive Species Educator
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Governmental Affairs Specialist
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Watershed Manager

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A Phoenix can land almost anywhere!

Our graduates have found employment with environmental groups, in local government and in environmental compliance departments of large companies.

  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • KBX Logistics
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • BioLife Plasma Services
  • Crystal Mountain Resort
  • LaForce, Inc.
  • Sterling Landscape Services
  • Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance
  • North Central Conservancy Trust
  • New Leaf Foods
  • Ecological Services
  • Door County Parks
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Graduate school might be right for you.

Some careers in our field, like environmental lawyers and community planners, require further education. More than the requirement, though, a master's degree can increase your earning potential and make valuable connections with industry professionals. Fortunately, you can get your master's degree in environmental science and policy right here at UW-Green Bay.

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Environmental Policy Planning and Political Science student Zea Miller

Essential Skills

“UW-Green Bay has done so much to prepare me career-wise, from education in the classroom to programs like the Civic Scholars Leadership Program. I’ve gained many essential skills that will help me anywhere I go.”

Zea Miller
Environmental Policy & Planning and Political Science
Newman Civic Fellowship Recipient

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Professor Laurel Phoenix

Want to Know More?

Not sure of your next step? Contact Professor Laurel Phoenix. As an associate professor and pre-law advisor, she can help you figure out your career path.

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