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School of Energy Resources Student, University of Wyoming

Energy Land & Water Management

University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources student working in the field

What is an Environmental Scientist? 

Energy production is dependent upon the sustained stewardship of air, land, and water resources. Environmental scientists, consultants, and reclamation planners use their knowledge of our natural resources to protect the environment during energy development. 

Most of the work that environmental scientists do involves collecting and sampling data from air, soil, water, and other materials. The data collected is used for environmental impact studies and surveys. These samples help to identify and assess threats to the environment, develop plans to prevent or fix problems such as pollution, and provide guidance for land reclamation projects and possible hazards and health risks. This ensures quality regulation and management of our natural resources.

Think Outside! Explore other opportunities for outdoor and environmental careers here.

Career and Graduate School Opportunities

  • Biological Field Technician
  • Environmental Compliance Coordinator
  • Environment Health and Safety Analyst
  • Environmental Services Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Natural Resource Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Water/Range Technician
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Graduate school in water quality, rangeland ecology and watershed management and environment and natural resources

Typical employers are oil and gas companies, coal companies, environmental consulting firms, conservation districts, state and federal governments.


  • Absaroka Energy & Environmental Consulting LLC, Environmental Technician
  • Campbell County Conservation District, Water/Range Technician
  • Crestone, EHS&R Field Technician
  • DCP Midstream, Environmental Compliance Coordinator
  • Encana, Regulatory Analyst
  • Environmental Works Inc, Compliance Scientist
  • FDL Energy, Environmental Engineer
  • Kiewit, Environmental Engineer
  • Marathon Petroleum, Air Quality Specialist
  • USDA NRCS, Soil Conservation
  • Wood Group PSN, Project Engineer
  • Wyoming State Engineers Office, Natural Resource Analyst


Students take courses in communication, mathematics, statistics, business, economics and law, chemistry, biology, engineering, energy, geographic information systems, environmental science, and negotiation.

Click here to download the Energy Land and Water concentration degree plan.

Student Organizations

Energy Land and Water students are encouraged to join the Restoration Outreach and Research (ROaR!) student organization. ROaR! is a venue for students with an interest in reclamation and restoration of disturbed lands to help local organizations with projects and to network and gain career skills. Students are eligible to join the American Society of Mining and Reclamation.

Additional opportunities for belong include the Environment and Natural Resources Student Club and the Sustainability Club. 

Next Steps

Contact Us

School of Energy Resources

Pam Henderson

Manager, Academic Advising

Dept 3012 1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6879

Fax: 307-766-6701


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