Interested in a career in conservation?Image of student and early career guide booklet

Learn about career paths, education, and SWCS benefits offered to students and early career professionals in the SWCS Guide for Students and Early Career Professionals in Conservation (PDF). This helpful guide also provides graduate school and career advice from current SWCS members working in a variety of fields. 

Conservation Career Profiles

The SWCS community includes researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers, all who share the common goal of building a more sustainable future. What does a career in conservation look like? Browse the profiles below to learn more about the varied positions and career paths available in the field. 

Acting Chief of USDA NRCS
Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist, Purdue University
CEO, Soil and Water Conservation Society
Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District
Agronomic Research Specialist, Monsanto
Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Grasslands Soil and Water Research Laboratory
Senior Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
Resource Conservationist, USDA NRCS Montana
Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor, Soil Health Services, PBC
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Assistant Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee

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