SWCS Guide for Students and Early Career Professionals in Conservation

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). The guide contains: 

  • How to make the most of your SWCS membership
  • Important tools and resources available to you as you transition into grad school or a job
  • Best practices for making and maintaining professional connections
  • Conservation funding opportunities for early career professionals
  • Early career advice from SWCS members
  • Conservation career tracks
  • Tools for continuing your education and building your skill set

Career Center

Visit the SWCS job board to find a new career in conservation or post about job opportunities. 

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.

Former Acting Chief of USDA NRCS
Professor of Agronomy and Extension Specialist, Purdue University
CEO, Soil and Water Conservation Society
Former Director of the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District
Former Agronomic Research Specialist, Monsanto
Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Grasslands Soil and Water Research Laboratory
Former 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
Former Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
Assistant Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee

Do you know an SWCS member who would make a great conservation career profile? Let us know by emailing swcs@swcs.org with your suggestion.