Non-Academic Career Resources

Many OSE graduate students are interested in non-academic careers in government, non-profits, or industry. Here, we compile some resources that may aid in the non-academic job search.

Online Resources

  • ESA has organized several recorded “Ecology Careers in Focus” webinars that can be viewed.
  • Check out the Exploring Ecological Careers series in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Journal
  • The NSF LTER-Network held a series of panels for non-academic careers in Spring 2020 that can be viewed here. Topics include NGO, Foundation, and Government Scientists, Science Coordination/Data Scientist, and Science Communications and Outreach.

Job Boards


GSO Non-Academic Career Panel Archives

  • 2020 Panel:
Dr. Gregory EckertNational Park Service
Christi LambertThe Nature Conservancy
Dr. Alexa Fritzche McKayNature Communications
Shantini RamakrishnanDenver Zoo
  • 2019 Panel:
Dr. Anjali KumarUSAID
Alice KeyesOne Hundred Miles
Rachael ThompsonGlynn Environmental Coalition
Jeremy MonroeFreshwaters Illustrated
  • 2018 Workshop: Professional development workshop for graduate students
  • 2017 Panel: Ecology Careers Panel: Beyond Academia
Dr. Mary FreemanUSGS
Dr. Marirosa MolinaEPA
Dr. Jenny Cruse-SandersState Botanical Garden of Georgia
Dr. Ardath GrillsCDC
Dr. Brett AlbaneseGeorgia Department of Natural Resources