What can I do with an Environmental Studies degree from Hiram?

Graduates of Hiram's Environmental Studies (EVST) program have entered a wide range of career paths.  Some examples include: pollution control, agricultural economics, public health, resource recovery, environmental assessment and planning, community development, environmental education, public lands management, parks and recreation, wildlife management, natural resource management, public policy, and others. The EVST program also provides excellent preparation for graduate work in these areas.  Recent graduates have pursued advanced degrees in environmental studies from Duke, Penn State, and Tufts Universities, among many others. 

As we gather more information about what some of our graduates are up to, we'll add to the profiles featured below:

Rob Maganja, Class of 2013

I work with the Integrated Pest Management team at Longwood Gardens, assisting the IPM staff in scouting for and diagnosing pest problems on a wide variety of plants.  I investigate the biology and control of pests, design and implement pest sampling and monitoring programs, release beneficial insects, and evaluate the effectiveness of cultural practices, beneficial organisms, and chemical controls.   Additionally, I develop lectures and displays and perform outreach educational programs concerning IPM.  Given my Senior Research on entomophagy (that is, eating insects), I am thrilled to be learning more about the potential of the relationships between people, plants, and "pests."


Olivia Hess, Class of 2012

As an environmental studies major at Hiram I was encouraged to experience as many different facets of the field as possible to figure out what I loved doing. So I ended up studying everything from art to economics. I traveled and tried my hand at campus sustainability and activism. I did field research every summer studying migratory songbirds and forest succession, and I worked at the Field station and the Hiram Farm and the Fair Trade store. I think it's because of this drive to always be learning and trying new things (or the fact that I'm highly wary of any job that doesn't involve being sweaty and dirty from sun up to sun down) that I found myself WWOOFing on a farm in upstate New York this past autumn, kneeling in a muddy field of beets and carrots thinking, "yeah, I could enjoy doing this for a living."  Now I'm combining my love for community and self-reliance and applying for the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont this summer. We'll see how it goes, but I feel a great comfort knowing that I could be truly happy doing myriad things, and that I have the experience and education to back me up.

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