The Environmental sector is a diverse & increasingly growing field that offers those graduates multiple paths to challenging and rewarding careers in the future. Whether it's an Environmental Consultant, a Water Management Officer, or even a Marine Biologist (with further postgrad study), a career in environmental science is for the environmentally-minded individual who wants to protect and make a difference on our planet.

Combine your passion & interest in the environment with a rewarding career, by researching what is out there. You may not even know that your perfect role exists yet! For an overview of all of potential roles linked to this sector, head to: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/environment-and-agriculture

It is also worth bearing in mind that you are able to work in various other sectors if you feel this area is not for you; in fact, roughly 60% of graduate employers will recruit graduates from any discipline.

What skills are employers looking for? 

Employers in this sector come in all shapes and sizes including industry, government, voluntary and consultancies. All of these employers are looking for graduates who can hit the ground running, so aim to highlight the following skills in your CV/applications:

Employers want to see your passion and drive

Having a broad understanding of current issues and legislation is a key way to show deep interest in the environment. This includes local, national and global issues. Ensure you read and keep up to date with sector specific publications, e-news and blogs.

Postgraduate Story:

In a globalised job sector, you may find that a relevant postgraduate qualification could increase your chances of securing a graduate position depending on your career goals. Check out: 

Jobs and Work Experience:

In this sector jobs are often advertised as they arise- as opposed to an annual recruitment campaign- so make sure you check websites regularly.

Speculative Applications:

Taking the direct approach by targeting organisations that interest you, researching their current opportunities and then contacting them speculatively.

Take a look at our ‘Researching Employers’ guide for more information. 

Make Contact:

Write to them with a targeted CV and a covering letter focused on why you are interested in them and why they should be interested in you.

What is Networking:

Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal setting.

Different Ways to Network:

Employer Cafes and Careers Fairs

Organised by the University, these events are student friendly and a supportive way to dip your toe into the networking experience. Key events include the Science & Environment Employer Café, The Graduate Job & Placement Fair, and Employer presentations.

Details of our upcoming events are listed here.

Join a Local Group:

Local talks and events may bring you into contact with professionals as well as other people who share your interest such as Groundwork, which supports sustainable communities. 

Join a Professional Institution:

Student membership can provide access to regional events and meetings, where you could be in direct contact with professional environmental staff. Such as:



For more information, read our guides on LinkedIn and Using Social Media for Job Hunting.

Where can I search for environmental jobs? 




Commercial and Industrial:

Government Agencies and Linked Organisations:

Local Government:

Local Government is a big employer of environmentalists. To get an overview of the jobs available, look at:

Economic Development Consultancies:

Recruitment Consultants:

Some may require candidates to already have relevant work experience.


Environmental Protection:

Environmental Investigation Agency: An independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

Renewable Energy:


Sustainable Development and Urban Regeneration:

Careers and Employability Service Support:

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Metropolitan University students and graduates:

Detailed Careers Guides
: Access our full range of careers guides on our website.

Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email. 

Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment to discuss preparation for upcoming teacher training interviews or review your performance with a Careers and Employability Consultant. 

Science & Engineering Careers Drop-Ins: 11-1pm Mondays & 1-3pm Thursdays in the John Dalton Student Hub (term time only – no appointment necessary).

Science & Engineering CV Drop-In: Wednesdays 1-3pm in The Street, John Dalton Building (term time only – no appointment necessary).

For more information visit www.mmu.ac.uk/careers

Careers and Employability Support

We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:

For more information visit mmu.ac.uk/careers