Careers in Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Environmental and ecological engineers focus on engineering applications to land and water resources, air and soil quality, land-use management, ecosystem services, ecological restoration, and waste management. 

Graduates are employed by industry, government agencies, and consulting companies. Job placement is very high for students who take advantage of the many internship, co-op, or research assistantships available in the department, and who do not limit their job search geographically.

Starting salaries for recent graduates were around $64,857.


  • Barr Engineering
  • Board of Soil and Water Resources
  • Bollig Inc
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Emmons & Oliver Resources
  • G&K Services
  • General Electrics
  • HDR, Inc
  • HZ United LLC
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Liesch Associates
  • LimnoTech
  • MacDon Equipment
  • MN Dept. of Natural Resources
  • MN Dept. of Transportation
  • MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • SEH Engineering
  • St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation
  • SRF Consulting
  • University of Minnesota
  • Virent, Inc.
  • Watershed and County Conservation Districts

Job titles

  • Environmental engineer
  • Consulting engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Air quality engineer
  • Air quality permitting engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Water resources engineer
  • Water quality engineer
  • Resource conservation engineer
  • Natural resources engineer
  • Air quality specialist
  • Associate corporate engineer
  • Conservation apprentice
  • Corporation environmental compliance engineer
  • Ecological engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • Environmental public educator
  • Field engineer
  • Lab technician
  • Nuclear propulsion office candidate
  • Pilot plant operator
  • Project manager
  • Radiation safety technician