Who We Serve

The F&ES Career Development Office (CDO) is open to F&ES master's and doctoral students and alumni. Students' spouses and significant others may seek assistance in local job searches. Other Yale students interested in environmental careers must seek a referral from their “home” career office.

Opportunity: Presidential Management Fellowship

F&ES has a long tradition of students and alumni being accepted into the prestigious, competitive Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program.  Alumni have joined and rotated through numerous agencies and the White House, including USDA, USFS, DOT, DOE, EPA, CEQ, and DOI.
  • For 2019 graduates considering federal work, we HIGHLY recommend applying to the PMF.
  • CDO will host information sessions and a federal resume writing workshop.
  • Application period open: October 8-22, noon.
  • Website of the Office of Personnel Management.

Advance Preparation for the PMF Application

Request an Unofficial Transcript from F&ES Registrar
  • In person, by filling out a transcript request form available outside of Rosanne Stoddard's office, Room 108.
Mark Your Calendar
  • Application Opens October 8.
  • Application Closes at noon on October 22. 
  • Plan to Apply Early.
  • There are no exceptions for late submissions.
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Write A Federal Resume
  • Attend Information Session in October with F&ES Alumna PMF Nathalie Woolworth.  Details TBA.  CDO will distribute samples and guidelines.
  • Your federal resume will be different and longer than a standard resume because more specific information is needed to evaluate your application. Due to the amount of information requested, the standard federal resume is expected to be at least two pages and can be as long as 7 or 8 pages.
  • A Word Document or PDF created from a Word Document are highly recommended, so you can update and alter.
  • The online resume builder in USAjobs.gov is only recommended for use in doing a sample section to familiarize yourself with the types of information required.  The resume builder does not allow you to download an editable document.
  • Be sure to incorporate the 7 core competencies throughout your resume and in your online application anwers and essays:
    • Adaptability, personal accountability, public service motivation, problem solving, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication

Opportunity: EDF Climate Corps Fellowship

Application Period Opens in September


Recruitment

Once the application opens in September, EDFCC recruits talented graduate students by giving on-campus information sessions around the country, hosting webinars and attending the Net Impact Conference.  Coming to F&ES October 29th!

Application

Two application deadlines, December 3rd, 2018 and January 7th, 2019. Applicants who apply in December will be eligible to be matched with host organizations in the first wave of offers. Apply early!

Past Fellows

Check out the 79 F&ES and Yale EDFCC past fellows!
EDFCC and FES Alumnus Tyler Van Leeuwen Quote on his fellowship with Adidas
EDFCC and F&ES Alumnus Tyler Van Leeuwen on his experience with Adidas

Career Preparation Checklist

Activate.

  • Create a Resume in the F&ES Resume Template
  • Update your resume with summer experience
  • Update your LinkedIn profile Education and Other Relevant Sections
  • Participate in CDO Jumpstarting the Job Search Programs in fall and spring
  • Order Yale business cards
  • Set Up or Update Your Account Profile in F&ESNext
  • Schedule an Appointment with Kathy or Ladd to develop your career strategy (available during the academic year)
  • Develop a job or internship tracking system
  • Schedule regularly weekly time for career development
  • Write a draft cover letter using CDO's Suggested Outline

Connect.

Find Job and Internship Information

FES Next: Career Management Tool

F&ES Next: Career Management Tool

Access F&ES Next to:
  • Research Job and Internship postings
  • Schedule career counseling sessions
  • Apply for jobs geared towards F&ESers
  • Register for career events and programs
  • Upload and store resumes and cover letters

Environmental Jobs Sites

The F&ES CDO provides students with recommended job search sites by interest and practice areas, updated annually.

Develop Your Career Strategy

The Career Development Office (CDO) supports F&ES students in developing careers as environmental leaders. Meet with us in the fall semester to develop an individual career action plan.

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Research Potential Employers

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Foundation Directory Online
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Connect to Alumni

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Environmental Leadership Mentoring (ELM)
The Career Development Office manages the Environmental Leadership Mentoring program, matching students in their final year with an F&ES alum.
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Yale Career Network
Connect with Yale alumni across all Yale schools to discuss career objectives and explore career interests:
  • Visit Simplicity.com

  • Select the “Current Student Registration” button located on the right hand side of this page

  • Fill out the Student Registration Form

Once your registration has been approved, you can start using the tool! If you have questions about your registration approval, please contact Maya Polan. For specific questions about using the network, please email career.network@yale.edu.
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F&ES Alumni Listservs
Join a regional listserv if you’re heading to the Pacific Northwest (Google Group), New York (Google Group), Philadelphia (Google Group), Washington, D.C. (Yahoo Group), or San Francisco (Google Group).
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LinkedIn
The official LinkedIn group for current students, graduates, faculty, and staff of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). Environmental Studies majors from Yale College may also join.  Learn more about setting up and using your LinkedIn account in their help section.

Research Outside Funding

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Members of the F&ES community have easy access to a curated list of global, external funding opportunities for graduate students and postdocs using this database.

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CDO Event Calendar

Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Oct. 23, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Interest Meeting: FESinDC
Oct. 23, 2018 - Tuesday
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Classroom G01, Kroon Hall
National Parks Business Plan Internship Information Session
Oct. 24, 2018 - Wednesday
2:30 PM — 3:30 PM
Classroom 319, Kroon Hall
Funding Nonprofits: Grants / Philanthropic Fundraising
Oct. 24, 2018 - Wednesday
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Location TBD – check Tsai City events calendar for details
Careers in Environmental Consulting: Lunch Conversation with Margo Mosher '12, Director, SustainAbility
Oct. 25, 2018 - Thursday
12:15 PM — 1:15 PM
Classroom G01, Kroon Hall
Career Conversation: Kate Miller, Plant Ecologist, National Park Service
Oct. 25, 2018 - Thursday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Marsh Classroom, Marsh Hall
F&ES Bay Area trek 2018-19 Interest Meeting
Oct. 26, 2018 - Friday
9:00 AM — 10:00 AM
Classroom 319, Kroon Hall
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Oct. 29, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
EDF Climate Corps Fellows Information Session at F&ES
Oct. 29, 2018 - Monday
1:30 PM — 2:30 PM
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Oct. 30, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
How to Talk to Employers about H-1B Sponsorship
Oct. 30, 2018 - Tuesday
4:30 PM — 6:30 PM
OISS 421 Temple Street
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Nov. 5, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Nov. 6, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Career Conversation Lunch with Anthony Clark from CT Green Bank
Nov. 6, 2018 - Tuesday
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Classroom 321, Kroon Hall
National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Information Session
Nov. 8, 2018 - Thursday
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Classroom G01, Kroon Hall
Visa Options for Students After Graduation with Attorney David Ware
Nov. 8, 2018 - Thursday
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM
Davies Auditorium, 15 Prospect Street
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Nov. 12, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Nov. 13, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
FES Internship Overview
Nov. 13, 2018 - Tuesday
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Yale Engineering Career Fair Collaborative (Energy and Env Sci employers)
Nov. 14, 2018 - Wednesday
3:30 PM — 6:00 PM
Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Career Conversation: Neil Chapman, Hart Prairie Preserve Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Nov. 15, 2018 - Thursday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Marsh Classroom, Marsh Hall
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Nov. 19, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Career Conversation with Dan Zarin, Climate and Land Use Alliance, M.F.Sc., '90
Nov. 26, 2018 - Monday
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Classroom 319, Kroon Hall
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Nov. 26, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
POSTPONED: Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Nov. 27, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Build a Personal Website in 2 hours
Nov. 29, 2018 - Thursday
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Location TBA – check Tsai City events page for updates
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Dec. 3, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Dec. 4, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Dec. 4, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Career Conversation: Corrie Folson-O'Keefe, CT Audobon
Dec. 6, 2018 - Thursday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Marsh Classroom, Marsh Hall
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Dec. 10, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Yale Women Innovator Breakfast Series
Dec. 11, 2018 - Tuesday
8:30 AM — 9:30 AM
Find details for this event and weekly location at TSAI City
Environmental Entrepreneurship Office Hour
Dec. 17, 2018 - Monday
1:15 PM — 2:15 PM
Student Services Meeting Room, Kroon Hall
Jumpstarting the Job Search Part 2
Jan. 18, 2019 - Friday
10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Jumpstarting the Job Search Part 2: LinkedIn Photobooth
Jan. 18, 2019 - Friday
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Event is weather/light dependent--location TBA
FESinDC
Jan. 31, 2019 - Thursday
12:00 AM — 11:59 PM
Washington, DC
FESinDC
Feb. 1, 2019 - Friday
12:00 AM — 11:59 PM
Washington, DC
All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair
Mar. 1, 2019 - Friday
10:00 AM — 3:00 PM
Columbia University, NYC