MEM
Specialization

Ecosystem Management and Conservation

Our Vision

This specialization gives students the knowledge and skills to become thoughtful stewards of the environment, to ensure that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes. Stewardship ensures that ecosystems are resilient and thereby have enduring capacity to be productive.  It further means ensuring that species within ecosystems—the mindboggling variety of microbes and plants and animals—can fulfill their biological natures and functional roles as interdependent members of ecosystems in support of human and nonhuman life alike.

Careers

For students specializing in Ecosystem Management and Conservation, the Career Development Office (CDO) recommends:
  • Search the school’s internal recruiting platform YSE Next by specialization (under the YSE Job Search tab) to see what employers looking for YSE talent are currently offering in the field. Explore opportunities in YSE Next.
  • Join at least one professional association. Associations are great networking resources and hold conferences, post jobs and internships, and keep members up to date on industry trends. Consider organizations like the Wildlife Conservation Society. (Always look out for great student rates!) Check out the complete list of CDO-recommended professional associations by field.
  • Pay special attention to field-specific fellowships and funding available through YSE, Yale, and beyond, which often support summer opportunities that can springboard new professional trajectories. Of note for this group is the Berkley Conservation Scholarship.