Career Development at Freshwater Sciences
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.
“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
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
- Great Lakes Information Network Jobs List-serve
- IAGLR Job Board
- Nelson Institute Environmental Jobs
- BC Water Jobs
- WEF Job Bank
- American Water Resources Association
- Cyber-Sierra’s Jobs in Watershed and Wetlands
- Society of Wetland Scientists
- Indeed Hydrologic Science
- Indeed Water Policy
- Indeed Environmental Science
- CUAHSI Post-Docs
- Texas A&M Job Board
- Earth Works
- Get Hydrology Jobs
- Conservation Job Board
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!
- UWM Career Resource and Planning Center – walk-in advising, workshops, resume guides and job boards.
- What Color Is Your Parachute? (and other job-searching advice)
- AAAS Individual Development Plan
- O*Net Online
- Science Magazine
- About Careers