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Career Fair Promotes Networking Between Students and Environmentally Focused Employers

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Feb. 27, 2024. – Recently, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) hosted a career fair where environmentally focused companies and organizations engaged with students.

Boasting participation from more than 90 organizations, this annual event served as a platform for recruiters to connect with students seeking opportunities in various environmental sectors. With an impressive turnout, hundreds of students arrived armed with resumes and a sense of optimism about their chosen career paths.

Distinguishing itself from conventional career fairs, the ESF event maintains an environmental focus. Employers ranged from engineering and landscape architecture firms to construction companies and state and federal agencies. This diverse array of employers provided students across all ESF programs with insight into their post-graduation prospects.

Director of Career Services John Turbeville emphasized the significance of the variety of employers. “It’s important for us to showcase the possibilities that exist for our students.”

Many recruiters represented companies and agencies known for consistently hiring ESF graduates, recognizing the dedication required to earn an ESF degree.

Turbeville compared the event to a “gathering of old friends” as numerous alumni returned to recruit ESF students for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.

Alyssia Yanez, a senior majoring in Natural Resource Management, expressed her appreciation for the event. “I found great opportunities here. I was able to give employers my resume and talk to recruiters about my research. The career fair is important to me because I can make connections with professionals in my field of expertise.”


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

By Landon Debes, writing intern in ESF’s Office of Communications and Marketing.