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Environment: Insider Views

a guide to environmental, conservation and renewable energy careers


Insider Views

See what former students have done and get insights into working in the sector

Graduate destinations

Some of our recent graduates working in these areas include:

Other job roles found by our graduates include research intern, ecologist, environmental economist, ecological field assistant, environmental monitoring officer, seed conservation assistant, sustainability and water policy officer

Find out more about what our graduates do

CIEEM Careers

Useful careers information and advice from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

David Fairhurst - Environmental Manager, Scottish Parliament


  • Work is varied, with many opportunities to work outdoors. Travel may be involved
  • Work as part of a large, multidisciplinary team (combined with independent research for environmental scientists)
  • High salaries are possible for those with specialist expertise


  • Getting in can be competitive and starting salaries fairly low (especially for conservation work)
  • Unpaid internships and volunteering are quite a common way to get in
  • Funding can be unpredictable, leading to short-term employment contracts
  • Work may be physically demanding

Alumni Careers Network

Use our Alumni Careers Network to find Sussex graduates working in areas you are interested in. Find out more about what working in that sector is really like, get direct advice and find out if it's right for you!