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Environmental Science and Sustainability as Especially Critical for the Developing World.
I have long cultivated a special focus on and concern for the Developing World. Sustainability is a concept of increasing importance to and a major goal of most environmentalists here in Latin America, where I live, as elsewhere. It describes the rate in which available resources are consumed. A situation is described as sustainable if resources can be replenished quicker than they can be consumed. Unsustainable refers to resources being consumed quicker than they can be replenished. Unsustainability is currently the norm. By one estimate it takes 14.4 months to replenish what people use in 12 months.
Among the major environmental problems that affect us here in Latin America are deforestation, water pollution, erosion, and the salinization of soil through over-irrigation. Pollution is not a major political issue among people living in the developing world. For the rural poor, the notion of being environmentally-friendly can often clash with the need to find food, water and fuel to cook with and heat their homes. Unfortunately, as more people earn more money, they want to buy cars and eat more environmentally-destructive foods.
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Sample 1st Paragraph for the Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, Chinese
I am a young man from China, still only 22, who already has extensive experience in conservation biology, the field where my passions lie. Having served as a teacher in rural areas, I have come to learn a great deal about wildlife and endangered species in rural areas of my country. I have also served as a leader of volunteers for an animal care program, worked with a wildlife conservation fund, and volunteered as a research assistant.
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The Humanitarian Side of Environmental Science
We probably don’t need to tell you how awesome you are for choosing to study environmental science. I mean, your heart is already in the right place and you’re in the perfect situation now for diving straight into the world of humanitarian work.
However, maybe you’d like to specialize or pursue a specific line of work in this field. Niching down can really help make you more competitive when applying for jobs, and make you the expert in a specific topic.
We’ve selected some of the best NGOS to work for in environmental and sustainable development, as well as some of the Masters programs that might interest you the most.
Ceres is working in the area of business and industry to weave environmental and social considerations into a new sustainable business model, and they’ve been doing it for 25 years. It is a national coalition of investors, environmentalists, labor unions and public interest groups dedicated to increasing corporate sustainability and responsibility and they take on summer interns for 8-week periods. Interviews take place during March, and then the internships begin in June. Check out their job opportunities and more information on their internships here: https://www.ceres.org/about-us/job-opportunities.
Rare and its partner organizations design conservation programs in more than 50 countries to benefit both people and nature and ensure that change is embraces and sustained. It was classed as one of the “Great Places to Work” by Washingtonian in 2015. This organization is currently looking for a number of individuals, including an Associate for the Fish Forever project, who will work in Arlington, USA.
This position involves developing tools, systems and structures for effective Fish Forever team operations and tracking deliverables and workflows; organize Fish Forever events; lead presentations; support the Rare enterprise level knowledge management staff, etc. Rare is looking for someone with a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years relevant work experience in nonprofit management, global development or conservation positions. Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesian or Spanish language would be an asset. Check out Rare’s job page here for this or other positions available: https://www.rare.org/en-rare-careers#.Vrn_hvkrLIU
GOAL is also seeking a Senior Climate Change and Resilience Advisor for their international humanitarian organization. GOAL works in 19 countries, delivering life-saving relief to people affected by emergencies. The organization is looking for an individual with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience with the humanitarian and/or development field, a BA/S in a relevant field, but preferably a Master’s degree. You will work with other advisors to systemize GOAL’s resilience, so it can respond to technical requests from country teams in different areas of expertise, contribute to proposal design and development and contribute to country strategies.
So while some positions available to environmental scientists like you out there don’t require a Master’s degree, you might be keen to complete one to improve your employability and deepen your knowledge. Let’s have a look at some excellent programs you could apply for.
The M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Sustainability Science at Aalborg University in Denmark is a two-year, full-time program that might suit you. You’ll study modules like environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental management systems, corporate social responsibility, life cycle assessment and energy analysis and planning. This is a 12,573 EUR program at the time of writing.
The Southern Illinois University in Edwardville, USA runs a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences – Environmental Biology, which includes modules on Advanced Environmental Sciences and Policy; Pollution Ecology; Applied Ecology; Environmental Sampling; Analysis of Environmental Contaminants. It’s a two-year, full-time course with a tuition fee of under 1000 USD for international students.
If technology and assessment are your cup of tea, what about the M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences – Environmental Technology and Assessment at the same institution? This two-year, full-time program is also available for under 1000 USD and covers Environmental Sampling; Environmental Technology and Assessment; Modeling the Natural Environment; Advanced Environmental Sciences and Policy; and Applied Ecology.
If not, what about their M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences – Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology? It’s similar to the above, except that you’ll learn about toxicology, pollution ecology, environmental sampling, aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry.
The M.Sc. in Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands prepares its students to work in fields like nanotechnology, biotechnology, environmental research, biomedical research and the food sciences. It cost 16,000 EUR for international students.
Feeling inspired by any of these options? There are so many opportunities out there, and as long as you are well-prepared and passionate about your work, you are guaranteed for success.
One of the hardest parts can be sending out applications. But with a well-written personal statement tailored just for you, you can quickly move forward and enjoy making your future humanitarian career a reality.
The need for companies to comply with environmental laws and regulations is expected to contribute to the demand for environmental scientists and some geoscientists, especially hydrologists and engineering geologists. Issues of water conservation, deteriorating coastal environments, and rising sea levels also will stimulate employment growth of these workers. As the population increases and moves to more environmentally sensitive locations, environmental scientists and hydrologists will be needed to assess building sites for potential geologic hazards and to address issues of pollution control and waste disposal. Hydrologists and environmental scientists also will be needed to conduct research on hazardous wastesites to determine the impact of hazardous pollutants on soil and groundwater so engineers can design remediation systems. The need for environmental scientists and geoscientists who understand both the science and engineering aspects of waste remediation is growing. An expected increase in highway building and other infrastructure projects will be an additional source of jobs for engineering geologists.
Employment of environmental scientists and geoscientists is more sensitive to changes in governmental energy or environmental policy than employment of other scientists. If environmental regulations are rescinded or loosened, job opportunities will shrink. On the other hand, increased exploration for energy sources will result in improved job opportunities for geoscientists.
The Federal Government is expected to increasingly outsource environmental services to private consulting firms. This lack of funding will affect mostly geoscientists performing basic research.