Farmers Market

"If anyone is going to study environment and community, Humboldt County is the place to be. There are so many examples of how the community and environment have met, clashed, and sometimes even resolved the complex issues facing them." Carrie Gergits, Program Graduate, 2003

Diverse Careers

Our graduates successfully pursue careers in a wide variety of arenas. These include the nonprofit sector, where program graduates work in nonprofit organizations focused on natural resources management, environmental conservation, and sustainable food systems and agriculture. Within the field of education, our graduates work as secondary school and college teachers and environmental educators, and pursue Ph.D. degrees. In the private sector program graduates work in the fields of planning, cultural resources management, ecotourism, and agriculture. And in the public sector our graduates work for city and county governments in the fields of planning, affordable housing, water conservation, and food justice.

  • School Programs Coordinator with Friends of the Dunes, a non-profit focused on the conservation of coastal environments in Humboldt County, CA
  • University lecturer (various universities): departments of Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Sociology; Geography; Social Work; Politics
  • University professor: Sociology; Anthropology
  • Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology graduate programs (various universities)
  • Development Writer with EarthJustice, a non-profit environmental law firm
  • Executive Director of the North Coast Growers’ Association, a farmers market group in Humboldt County, CA
  • Outreach Coordinator with Green Thumb, New York Department of Park & Recreation
  • Program Manager with Strategic Energy Innovations, a non-profit that develops and delivers solutions customized to help communities accomplish their sustainability goals
  • Junior Planner/Environmental Specialist with the Sullivan County, New York, Department of Planning & Environmental Management
  • Senior Planner with the Humboldt County Department of Public Works, Natural Resources Planning Division
  • Sustainability Coordinator at Humboldt State University
  • Environment Program Director, Tribal Government
  • Education Director with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, an organization that offers free public compost collection and education, electronic waste recycling, stewardship of public open space, and environmental education in New York City
  • Executive Director of the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, a non-profit that works to preserve the Truckee/Lake Tahoe region’s community character and the natural environment
  • Staff Research Associate with the University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Union representative with the National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • Program and Operations Assistant with KHSU Public Radio, Humboldt State University
  • Senior Organizer with the Natural Resources Services Redwood Community Action Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency, Eureka, CA
  • Director of FireSafe Montana, a non-profit organization coordinating and supporting a statewide coalition of diverse interests working together to help Montanans make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe
  • Outdoor Education and Recreation Coordinator with the Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds
  • Senior Staff Archaeologist in the Environmental Department of URS Engineering
  • Paralegal with the Yurok Tribe, CA
  • Enrollment Coordinator for Open Door Community Health Clinic, Humboldt County, CA
  • Director of Programs for Food For People, the food bank for Humboldt County, CA
  • Program Coordinator for Humboldt Baykeeper, whose mission is to safeguard coastal resources for the health, enjoyment, and economic strength of the Humboldt Bay community through education, scientific research, and enforcement of laws to fight pollution
  • Donor Relations Director at the Western Environmental Law Center
  • Director of Outreach & Communication for UC Berkeley’s Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study
  • Water Conservation Specialist with the Casitas Municipal Water District, CA
  • Transportation Planner for Amador County, CA
  • Development Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project, which cultivates healthy communities through public art, beautification, education, and celebration
  • Senior Program Associate, Public Funding Specialist, for Earth Island Institute, a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that supports people who are creating solutions to protect our shared planet
  • Conservation Agent for the Palmer Conservation Commission