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 more. The 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:
Shova Ale Magar, Class of 2014, Majors: Environmental Studies and Sociology
Assistant Center Manager, GreenCitizen; San Francisco, Ca.
GreenCitizen’s mission is to develop a sustainable metropolitan model that provides the most convenient and accountable ways for individuals and businesses to reuse and recycle electronics. 30% of the e-waste that comes to us is re-sold via the online market, which helps to extend the life of a product. The other 70% is dismantled in our processing facility and sent to local vendors to use as a raw materials to make new products. Our downstream vendors are e-Stewards and R2 certified and they are located within 150 miles the radius of the Bay Area. I am one of the outreach educators for our company. My role is to educate our customers (both businesses and individuals) about the e-waste crisis and how they can contribute to tackling this problem.
Four years of education in Hiram College and my personal experience of seeing improper waste management in my home country of Nepal have helped me discover my passion for waste management. My work in both majors, and a bit in economics, exposed me to many projects that have been done around the world in this field. Now working with GreenCitizen, I am able to gain firsthand experience and understand systems in the field of waste management. Both Hiram’s education and my practical experience with GreenCitizen is helping me prepare for my grand future project: Sustainable Waste Management in Nepal.
Rob Maganja, Class of 2014, Major: Environmental Studies
Integrated Pest Management Intern, Longwood Gardens; Kennett Square, Pa.
I’m really enjoying my Integrated Pest Management (IPM) internship. The department takes care of most of the pest issues in the gardens. Not only do we deal with the insect pests, but we also take care of ants, cockroaches, and mice. Additionally, we manage the Canada geese and the algae explosions that they cause in the ponds.
In general, I assist the IPM staff in scouting for and diagnosing pest problems on a wide variety of plants. I investigate the biology and control of pests, I design and implement pest sampling and monitoring programs, I release beneficial insects, and I evaluate the effectiveness of cultural practices, beneficial organisms, and chemical controls. Additionally, I develop lectures and displays and perform outreach educational programs concerning IPM. My favorite part of the job is releasing beneficial insects into various greenhouses to have them prey on the pest insects—we even raise some of our own beetles in our lab. My intern project is to reestablish our vedalia beetle population.
Bryan Nemire, Class of 2013, Majors: Environmental Studies and Biology
Rubus Breeding Research Associate, Driscolls Strawberry Associates; Watsonville, Ca.
I look at thousands of varieties of raspberries to find the best 3 or 4. Then, once we find the best varieties we travel to different climates around the world to compare how well these varieties fare there. It is a very exciting job with a fantastic company! While here in California, I will be looking into graduate schools for this type of career and may start taking classes while working at Driscoll’s to start making my way towards a masters in breeding, or something similar.
Olivia Hess, Class of 2012, Majors: Environmental Studies and Religious Studies
Vegetable Production Apprentice, Glynwood (agricultural nonprofit organization); Cold Spring, NY
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…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.