Career Development at Freshwater Sciences


Freshwater graduate students presenting at a wetlands conference.

Students receive personalized career advising, jobs and event announcements, a water-focused career fair. The course Professional Development for Water Leaders – Freshwater 810 is offered each fall. Additionally, we work closely with area employers and provide connections for students through our internship program and the Professional Science Master’s Advisory Board. Employer partners include environmental nonprofits, multi-national consulting firms, government, and private industry.

Career Development

When Graham Fazio set his sights on becoming an environmental scientist, he enrolled in the graduate school that employers go to.

Freshwater alumnus Graham (’13) working in the field for local consulting firm Natural Resource Technology.

“Resource-of-the-Month” Career Resources
January – 10 Tips for an Awesome Coffee Meeting
February – Setting SMART Goals
March – “It starts with a poster
April – “How to seriously read a scientific paper
May – UWM Career Planning Resource Center Resume Guide (2016 version) and previous version also available
June – Review the Basics of the Interview
July – Summer Break!
August – Informational Interviewing and Networking
September – Tips for Federal Job Searches and Federal Resumes
October – How to Negotiate a Job Offer (Forbes)
November – Get Past Resume Robots with Jobscan
December – TBD

Alumni Careers

Freshwater alumni have secured jobs in government (US EPA, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin DNR), private industry (WelIntel, Veolia, Pentair), consulting and engineering firms (CH2M, Amec, Foster and Wheeler, and Natural Resource Technology), and nonprofit organizations (The Nature Conservancy, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Alliance for the Great Lakes). Freshwater students build upon their unique personal, professional, and academic backgrounds and develop into water leaders.

Check out our Graduate Placements!

Water Field Job Boards


An annual Water Careers Fair gives students an opportunity to connect with water-based employers in the area.

Use a strong search strategy by identifying keywords to narrow your job postings. Instead of searching for job titles such as “project manager” or “environmental specialist” use keywords and phrases such as GIS, limnology, aquatic ecology, aquaculture, ecotoxicology, and water quality, or target specific companies in your searches. This is especially useful for Indeed – the most comprehensive, online job-search engine.

Career Resources and Advice

Find which resources work best for you!