Career Communities

Agriculture, Natural Resources, Earth & Environment Community

Agriculture & environment


Explore potential careers and develop industry-specific skills for success in the Agriculture & Environment Community. The Career Center offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events and professional development opportunities to help students succeed. Below is a quick snapshot of relevant industries, career outlook, community-specific resources and related Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to help direct students along their career path in the Agriculture & Environment Community.

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OCCUPATIONS & BROAD INDUSTRIES:

  • Animal Care & Research
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural & Food Science
  • Agricultural Policy & Government Affairs
  • Agricultural Research & Development
  • Animal Production & Aquaculture
  • Atmospheric Science & Meteorology
  • Conservation
  • Crop Production
  • Energy
  • Environmental Policy & Advocacy
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental & Outdoor Education
  • Environmental Science & Research
  • Food Production & Science
  • Forestry
  • GIS & Geological Sciences
  • Marine Science & Research
  • Plant Science & Research
  • Soil & Plant Science
  • Sustainability
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Wildlife & Land Management

 Agriculture & Environment Resume Samples

 

Recommended templates, additional samples and information on how to best craft a resume can be found here.

The list below will be continually updated. Students are advised to check the updated list here to monitor new opportunities.

 

Opportunities at UD

  • Summer Scholars Usual application deadline: Check website (usually March 1)
  • Summer Fellows Usual application deadline: Check website (usually April 30)

 

Opportunities at national labs, institutes and programs

 

Opportunities at research schools

 

Typical components of REU applications:

 

  • CV/Resume

Prepare a good, well-crafted CV or resume (consider using LaTeX). Receive feedback from the Career Center staff by scheduling an appointment with a career counselor through Handshake (and a faculty member, preferably from your department). Please don’t hesitate in asking for an appointment with a faculty member to get some feedback on your CV/resume.

Suggestion: Every semester, plan on adding at least one bullet point to your CV or resume. Interact with one or more faculty members to build some research content for a poster or presentation competition and look for research poster competitions and conferences at UD and in neighboring schools and institutes. Volunteer to do some research even if it is only for an hour per week. Eventually, this will grow and give you content for publications and presentations.

  • An essay (or a research statement)

Please read carefully the REU position advertisement that you wish to apply for, and identify if they are looking for anything specific in the essay or statement. If no instructions are given, you may consider covering the following:

  1. Why do you want to apply for the position, or what do you wish to accomplish from participating in the research program? (Typical answers: prepare for graduate school, solve scientifically important problems, apply knowledge gained from coursework to solve real-world problems or simply to gain research experience.)
  2. What prior experience do you have on research? This is where you will find it important to get involved with research (at least to some level) with a faculty member so that you have some content to build a few sentences or paragraph on.
  3. What are your research interests? If you already have some research interests, describe it (try to make a connection to any particular research topics mentioned in the position description). It may be a good idea to be a bit flexible in describing research interests so that you maximize your chances of getting the position and give yourself an opportunity to learn new things. You may consider seeking advice from a faculty member in your department.
     

Note: For the essay for the UD Summer Scholar or Fellow positions, you should contact a professor (who you want to work with) to discuss a research topic. You would need a letter from that professor to support your application. It won’t hurt to reach out to multiple professors and see who have projects available.


  • Recommendation letter

This is an important component of the application. Typically, students collect letters from course teachers. To stand out among the applicants, it may be very helpful to have something in your letter written on your research experience. To provide substance on this for your letter writers, consider getting involved with research with a faculty member (you may want to offer to do some volunteer research if needed). If you did not interact with a faculty member yet, start contacting them as soon as you can, and see if they have any research work that you could contribute to. Exposure to small research tasks may eventually lead to journal publications, and more importantly, may open up a new career path for you.

 

  • An online application (requesting basic information about the applicant).

For additional questions, send a follow-up email to Zubaer Hossain, Assistant Professor, at zubaer@udel.edu with a subject ’More Questions on REU’. In case your email remains unanswered (for two weeks), please check the subject of your email.  

Agriculture

  • Agricultural College Council

  • Animal Science Club

  • Collegiate FFA (Future Farmers of America)

  • Deep Roots STEM Outreach

  • Entomology Club
  • Food Marketing Club

  • Food Science Club

  • Horticulture Club

  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences

  • Wildlife Society

For more Agriculture RSOs, visit the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources webpage here.

 

Environment

  • American Meteorological Society Student Chapter

  • Earth, Ocean, and Environment Club

  • Geology Club

  • Students for the Environment

  • Teaching Renewable Energy, Environmental Effects, & Sustainability

 

General STEM

  • oSTEM

  • Scientista Foundation

     

To find out more about these RSOs and how to get involved, visit Student Central.

Agriculture & Environment Mentoring Program Information

This mentorship program runs the full academic year where students within the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources or the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment will be paired with an employer or alumni who is currently working in the student’s industry of interest. Once paired, it is the student mentee’s responsibility to initiate and plan each interaction with their mentor. The program is based on one meaningful interaction per month.
 

Sample topics to discuss or events to participate in:
 

  • Resume Review
  • Mock Interview Practice
  • Attend a Professional Conference
  • Job Shadow
  • LinkedIn Audit
  • Attend a Networking Event
  • 30-Second Commercial Practice
  • Industry Insights

Who Can Apply

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources or the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment who can commit to initiating a meaningful interaction with their mentor from September to May of the academic year. 


Important Notes to Mentees

Any professional pairing can be beneficial! We will do our best to pair you with a mentor who directly aligns with your professional aspirations, but that may not always be possible. However, there are always benefits that can be achieved with your time together. Perhaps they can connect you with an industry contact. You can discuss general career readiness, such as: resume reviews, LinkedIn review, mock interview preparation and general networking.


How to Make the Most Out of Your Mentorship

  • Be intentional.
  • Be prepared.
  • Be willing to try something new.
  • Ask for help and advice.

 

Questions?

Amber Ridgeway - aridge@udel.edu

Who Can Apply

Any employer or alumni who is currently working within the industry of Agriculture or Environment and would be willing to share their story, industry advice and assist a student with their career aspirations.

 

Top Industry Requests from Students

  • Veterinarian (Domestic, Equine, Livestock and Zoo)
  • Marine Science
  • Urban Planning & Disaster Mitigation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Food Research & Development
  • Animal Science
  • Geology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Policy


Activities to Participate In and Topics to Discuss

  • Resume Review
  • Mock Interview Practice
  • Attend a Professional Conference
  • Job Shadow
  • LinkedIn Audit
  • Attend a Networking Event
  • 30-Second Commercial Practice


Questions?

Jenni Kaper - jkaper@udel.edu
 

Do you know a current professional in an Agriculture or Environmental field that would be a great mentor? Or do you have a former student that’s now doing amazing work and would like to share their insights with current students as an alum? Please feel free to fill out this form with their information and we’d be delighted to reach out to them.

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AMBER RIDGEWAY
CAREER COMMUNITY COUNSELOR

AMBER RIDGEWAY

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TOP EMPLOYERS:

  • AECOM
  • Brightfields, Inc.
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC)
  • Delaware Nature Society
  • DuPont
  • FMC
  • Frontier Scientific
  • Mountaire Farms
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Perdue Farms
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Pennsylvania
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