Earth/Environmental Science and Sustainability

Explore careers in the environmental field by exploring the links below. Found a career you're interested in? Stop by our office or make an appointment via Handshake with a career advisor and begin networking to learn more.

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know

Job and Internship Resources

Agriculture

  • AG Careers - Jobs and internships in agriculture, food, and biotechnology
  • USDA - Jobs and internships with the Department of Agriculture

Energy

Environment & Conservation

Geology 

Outdoor 

  • A BAR A Ranch - Opportunities include & are not limited to: culinary/food, children counselor, housekeeper, gardener, grounds crew, and fishing guide.
  • American Explorers - Youth-based outdoor leadership program for nonprofit groups. 
  • Backdoor Jobs - Job board with listings organized by geographic location
  • CoolWorks - Job board organized by category, state, and season, also includes national parks jobs
  • Moondance - Adventure trips for teens, they hire trip leaders for summer trips to locations worldwide

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists - AAPG was reestablished as a way for students interested in geology to get involved and explore their desire to pursue a career in the petroleum industry. They aim to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and serve as a focal point for developing a feeling of professionalism through meeting industry representatives.
  • Environmental Studies Program Opportunities
  • Geology Department Resources
  • SEAL - The Student Environmental Action League supports sustainability on campus and within the local community, increases student awareness of environmental issues, and takes the initiative towards preserving, researching, and ultimately enjoying our natural environment.

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with progressional. Below are some alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource. To connect with someone, log in to Colonnade Connections and find their contact information. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.  

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Whitney Donoghue '06

Whitney Donoghue (née Doss) graduated from W&L in 2006 with a BS in Geology. She holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Colorado, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France. She has published work on Ice Age ocean biogeochemistry and the use of climate proxies to reconstruct past marine environments, from the deep sea to barrier reefs. Her academic sights were focused on the field of paleoceanography/paleoclimatology at W&L, where she discovered this research niche during several years of independent study opportunities involving the collection and analysis of fossilized coral samples from the Dominican Republic.

Bryant Fulk '08

Bryant is currently CEO of Wayfinder Resources. Prior to Wayfinder, Mr. Fulk was a Vice President in the Acquisition and Divestiture advisory practice at Wells Fargo Securities. While at Wells Fargo he assisted in the generation, analysis, and execution of more than ten transactions in excess of $6 billion in value. Mr. Fulk has technical experience executing transactions in Permian Basin, South Texas, Powder River Basin, East Texas/North Louisiana, and Appalachia.

Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena Golze-Desmond graduated from Washington & Lee Law in 2010. Lena is currently Regulatory Counsel with David Energy, a distributed energy company, where she leads its market entry operations and works with industry partners to advocate for and advance DER policy. Prior to joining David Energy, Lena worked with the Power Operations team at Drift Marketplace, a renewable energy and SaaS start-up. From 2015-2018, Lena was an Associate Attorney with Feller Law Group, a law firm specializing in deregulated markets. Lena graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee School of Law, and received an MSc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and her BA from Dartmouth College. Lena is Chair of the ABA’s Energy, Infrastructure, Siting & Reliability (EISR) Committee, Environment Leadership Program (ELP) Senior Fellow, and Board Member of the New York Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI). She is the author of several articles on renewable energy and how the legal profession can (and must) increase environmental grassroots and community access to legal services.

Kyeong (Phil) Pil Kong '16

Mr. Kyeong Pil Kong is a Research Analyst with Advanced Resources International, Inc. He has 5 years of experience in geochemistry and has been involved in a wide variety of projects related to geological and environmental sciences.He currently conducts geological, geographical, and emission data analyses for both domestic and international conventional and unconventional resources. Mr. Kong has worked in many chemical and geochemical laboratories, focusing on mineralogical and trace metal analyses of natural materials and anthropogenic contaminants. Mr. Kong holds an M.S. in Geosciences from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Geology from Washington and Lee University.

Tanner Waggoner '16

Tanner is a geologist at Marathon Oil working in operations for Permian and Eagle Ford assets while pursuing a M.S. in Data Analytics at the University of Houston Downtown. Prior to joining Marathon in 2018, Tanner completed an M.S. in Geology at the University of Wyoming. Tanner can provide insight on selecting graduate school programs in the Earth Sciences, as well as the recruiting process for graduate students interested in working oil and gas jobs.