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ESRM Career Development Day 2013
California State University Channel Islands Fifth Annual Environmental Science and Resource Management
Career Development Day
Thursday, November 7, 2013.
The Environmental Science and Resource Management program at California State University Channel Islands is proud to sponsor our Fifth Annual Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Career Development Day on Thursday, November 7, 2013. The purpose of this Career Development Day is to provide an opportunity for our students to explore the many types of professional career paths available by meeting noteworthy local professionals and asking questions. Our participating vendors and experts include governmental agencies, private consultants and non-governmental organizations. This event is not a “job” fair, but it is an occasion for our students to identify their goals and to assess their strengths with respect to their academic preparation and to learn about the skills that may be helpful for a particular career path. In preparation for that decision, we encourage students to seek out possible internships. Student response to our Fourth Annual ESRM Career Development Day was very positive and they have been eagerly awaiting this year’s event.
Our Fifth Annual Environmental Science and Resource Management Career Development Day is on Thursday, November 7, 2013. It will be held in the John Spoor Broome Library Room 1320. To accommodate student class schedules, the session will run from 11:00am-2:00pm.
The setting is casual. We want students to be able ask questions freely and to circulate easily. Everyone is welcome particularly ESRM students, alumni, and students from related disciplines, as well as students interested in learning about Environmental Science and Resource Management. We expect to have several hundred students attending this event.
Many of our vendors are now represented by our ESRM graduates! Participating vendors have included: the cities of Camarillo, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura; County of Ventura Watershed Protection District; Santa Clarita Urban Forestry; COSCA; Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; Channel Islands National Park; California State Parks-Channel Coast District and Angeles District; Ventura County Air Pollution Control District; National Weather Service; Ventura County Transportation Commission; United Water Conservation District; Calleguas Municipal Water District; U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission; California Department of Transportation; Wishtoyo Foundation-Ventura Coastkeepers; Santa Monica Mountains Resource Conservation District; Mountains Restoration Trust; Rincon Consultants; Meridian Consultants; Hawks and Associates; Design, Community and Environmental Consultants; and Envicom Consultants.
The Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) program is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in a variety of environmental topics. Graduates in Environmental Science and Resource Management have a solid understanding of the environment from both scientific and human perspectives.
ESRM students are grounded in the fundamentals of ecology, physics, and chemistry by examining the intersection between the biological and the physical environments in the lab and field. Effective management of these natural systems are explored from a variety of social science and humanities perspectives including demography, economics, political science, sociology, literature, and environmental history. In addition to theoretical underpinnings, our students are trained in a variety of skills necessary for the environmental science professional of the 21st century; Geographic Information Systems, quantitative data analyses and presentation, technical writing, and a variety of field and lab methodologies. Service Learning and Civic Engagement feature prominently in several of our courses from the introductory level to the advanced. ESRM graduates leave us with a deep appreciation for the complexities involved in balancing human needs and desires with sustainable use of Earth's renewable and non-renewable resources and the ability to contribute to the effective management of these resources into the future.
ESRM faculty and their students are engaged in a wide variety of research efforts across Ventura County, the United States, and the globe. We have particular strengths in human dimensions of resource management, geospatial analysis, and ecological restoration.