Open to all UW students and alumni, the Environmental Career Fair is an opportunity to explore careers in environmental and natural resources fields. The Environmental Career Fair features employers from the nonprofit, government and private sectors with career-level positions and internships. Questions about the career fair can be sent to envjobs@uw.edu.


The UW Environmental Career Fair at Mary Gates Hall.
Kelly Knickerbocker
The UW Environmental Career Fair at Mary Gates Hall.

2017 UW Environmental Career Fair

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall Commons
UW Seattle campus


 2017 registered employers

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Employer and student feedback

  • “I thought it was a great event and worth the trip to Seattle!”
  • “Great fair, great employers!”
  • “I think the career fair is really helpful to talk to different people and see what is going on in different job fields.”
  • “I thought the variety of exhibitors was fantastic and offered a diverse group for students to meet with.”

Tips for students for career fair success

“Show initiative and do your background research. That’ll make you stand out right off the bat. Instead of “Do you have any openings?” or “What do you do?”, aim for more of a dialogue.” — Preston Martin, NewFields

  • Do your research — review the employer’s website before the career fair so your questions are specific.
  • Dress professionally — first impressions are important.
  • Introduce yourself — work on your brief elevator pitch and tell them what skills, education and experience you have. Be specific about how these skills relate to the organization or position that you are pursuing.
  • Leave them with something — provide them with your resume and contact information.
  • Follow up — ask for a business card or contact information and follow-up with employers after the fair to thank them for their time and remind them of your interest.
  • For even more tips for career fair success and other job search tips, visit the UW Career Center.
  • Get more insight for early career success from representatives who attended the UW Environmental Career Fair in previous years.

Information for Employers

Connect with future environmental professionals at the annual UW Environmental Career Fair, which attracts hundreds of students and recent alumni from a range of environmental fields and disciplines. Whether you are building your contact list for future hires, recruiting interns or hiring right now, come share your organization’s professional opportunities. Annually over 400 students graduate from the UW College of the Environment with degrees in the following areas:

  • Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bioresource Science and Engineering
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management
  • Environmental Studies
  • Marine and Environmental Affairs
  • Oceanography

Employer registration has closed. We maintain a waiting list in case space becomes available. Please email envjobs@uw.edu to be added to the waiting list.

UW Environment Career Panels

Business and Innovation Careers for Environmental Majors

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:30-6 p.m.
Career Center, Mary Gates Hall, room 134
UW Seattle campus

Meet the Panelists

Elizabeth SzoradElizabeth Szorad

Waste Zero Specialist, Recology CleanScapes
BS Environmental Studies
Minors in human rights and law, society and justice

In her role at Recology, Elizabeth manages education and outreach programs in communities throughout the Puget Sound area. She develops and implements innovative waste reduction programs for residential, multifamily and commercial customers, delivering education presentations and providing technical assistance to businesses, schools, community associations and organizations. Her work strives to reach Recology’s goal of “a world without waste.”

Mikaela WinterMikaela Winter

Senior Associate, 3Degrees
BA Environmental Studies

Mikaela Winter is a Senior Associate at 3Degrees, a renewable energy services firm whose mission it is to connect people with cleaner energy on a massive scale. Mikaela uses process strategies and data analysis skills, honed during her time in the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment, to support the business development team in their effort to assist Fortune 500 companies in reducing their impact on the environment. Mikaela attributes much of her professional success to the internship she completed as part of her Senior Capstone in 2012.  

Benjamin ZuercherBenjamin Zuercher

CEO, Stuffmapper, SPC
BA Business Administration
Minor in environmental studies

As cofounder of Stuffmapper, Benjamin notes that he is fortunate to apply daily what he learned at the University of Washington. His passion for environmental justice was the reason that he launched the environmental startup, Stuffmapper. Its mission is to save millions of items from landfills everywhere and Benjamin’s vision is to support and grow the free reusable stuff movement. Since graduating, he has found ways to stay engaged with UW as a longtime mentor with the Foster Mentorship program, an annual judge in the Business Plan Competition, a former Associate with Startup Hall, and a supporter of the Buerk Center.

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Engineering and Tech Careers for Environmental Majors

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2-3:30 p.m.
Career Center, Mary Gates Hall, room 134
UW Seattle campus

Alexandra Russell

Alexandra Russell

Submersible Pilot/Technician, OceanGate, Inc.
BS Oceanography with Ocean Technology emphasis
Minor in marine biology

OceanGate, Inc. provides manned submersible services and solutions for exploration, research, and responsible commercial activity. Alexandra’s primary job at OceanGate is to pilot and maintain the manned submersibles, Cyclops 1 and Antipodes. She has utilized her knowledge of ocean technology and engineering gained through her educational and professional experience to assist in the fabrication of an operational platform for Cyclops 1 and various components for the submersibles and support assets. Her responsibilities also include operating support vehicles and providing diver assistance for operations and expeditions.

Scott WingesScott Winges

Senior Associate, Ramboll Environ
BS Atmospheric Sciences
Minor in applied mathematics

Ramboll Environ strives to create progressive solutions to environmental issues that balance human and commercial needs.  As part of an Environmental consulting firm, Scott’s work greatly varies depending on the projects he picks up.  Generally, he works in the air dispersion modeling field where he provides insight and solutions to industrial facilities and government agencies regarding human health implications of air pollution.  The knowledge obtained from his undergraduate education in atmospheric sciences and applied math at UW is consistently useful in a large portion of his work: from mathematical modeling of complex air fields to using chemistry (pv=nrt!) to estimate pollutant emissions from combustion turbines.

Luke FisherLuke Fisher

Visual Data Specialist, Randstad (Contracted to Google)
BS Earth and Space Sciences: Geology
Minor in environmental studies

As a contract employee at Google, Luke processes LiDAR data generated through the self driving car project. His team tests and performs quality control on new software tools developed by Google Engineers. As a more experienced team member, Luke spends a great deal of time helping train new-hires and working to streamline the data processing pipeline. The Visual Data Specialist role builds on the geospatial and technology skills that he learned at UW in class and as a research assistant. The flexibility of contract work means that Luke was able to network and apply for graduate programs, he intends to return to school in the fall.

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