Humboldt State University

Resources & Tools: Green Jobs

Want to work toward sustainability on campus – and make money while you're at it? Check out these student positions that HSU has to offer:

CCAT Co-Directors

Graduation Pledge Coordinator/Co-Coordinator

Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program

Make a career out of your passion for sustainability. Here's a list of some HSU alumni who've had real success in "green" fields:

Stephany Helbig ('12, Wildlife) has worked with WildCare, a wildlife aid, advocacy and education program, for seven years. She started as a volunteer in high school and has since become a supervisor at her local center in San Rafael, Calif. In the wake of the BP oil spill, Helbig was nominated to spend three weeks rescuing and rehabilitating oiled wildlife in Louisiana. She also volunteers with an equine veterinarian in her hometown of Fairfax, Calif.

Sarah Schneider ('10, Environmental Science) is a project manager at Energy Solutions — a mission-based energy efficiency company located in Oakland, California — where she helps support the development and adoption of energy and water efficiency regulations. She is also the Deputy Director of the Cool Roof Rating Council, a non-profit organization that maintains a roofing product rating system that supports energy efficient building design and urban heat island reduction. Prior to working with Energy Solutions, Sarah was the Energy Program Specialist for the City of Arcata, an HSU project coordinator with the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program, and an HSU Takes Back the Tap campus coordinator. She has a Master of Public Policy degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Jennifer Gummerman ('09, Biology and Zoology) volunteers at wildlife rehabilitation centers in southern California, including the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in San Pedro, one of the centers involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. She also serves at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. A paraprofessional, she has trained to capture/recover oiled wildlife in the field and is a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association and related groups.

Jocelyn Orr ('09 Environmental Science) is the Campaign Director for the Fund For The Public Interest in Portland, Ore. The Fund For The Public Interest is a national non-profit organization working to increase the visibility, membership and political power of the nation's leading environmental and progressive groups. She works with partner organizations to expand their donor base and pass tougher legislation against ocean pollution, global warming, hate crimes, and special interest money in politics.

Heidi Lakics ('06, Environmental Science) appeared on the popular television program MythBusters, where she appeared as an expert on trees. She is the Planting Manager at Friends of the Urban Forest in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that improves urban environments by planting trees. She is a former AmeriCorps volunteer and a certified arborist with the International Society of Aboriculture.

Stacy (Hardy) Savona ('04, Forestry) is the Sudden Oak Death Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry as well as a third year law school student.

Nurit Katz ('02, Environmental Education) is the sustainability coordinator for the University of California, Los Angeles. Katz served as co-director of the Environmental Education program sponsored by HSU Youth Educational Services and worked with the Humboldt Watershed Council. During her graduate studies at UCLA, she started the Sustainable Resource Center on campus and the university's Climate Action Plan. Thanks to her efforts, the campus expects to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2012 – eight years early.

Rachel Smith ('02, Wildlife) is the coordinator for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' Climate Action Now. Prior to joining the mayor's staff, she worked in the environmental community as Field Director and later Development Director for Transportation Choices Coalition, after turns at the Northwest Environmental Education Council and WashPIRG. With a passion for transportation issues, Rachel is also the Board Chair of the Washington State Ridesharing Organization. Before moving to Seattle, she was a shorebird and marine mammal biologist.

Brian Eisenhauer ('97, MA Sociology) has been named Director of the Office of Sustainability at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. In his role as Director, Eisenhauer works with faculty, students and staff to reduce the university's environmental impacts and promote sustainable living through active projects and education. He was an inaugural member of the President's Commission on Environmental Sustainability and its co-chair, as well as Assistant Director of the Center for the Environment at the university.

Nolan C. Colegrove ('94, Forestry) has been named the District Ranger of the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Colegrove has worked for the Hoopa Natural Resources Department Forestry Division and served as the Tribe's Forest Manager. He also helped develop and implement the first Hoopa Tribal Forest Management Plan. During his tenure, he obtained one of the first Sustainable Forestry Certifications for a tribe under the Forest Stewardship Council guidelines.

Richard Engel ('88, Environmental Resources Engineering) recently returned from a semester lecturing on renewable energy at the Universidad Don Bosco in San Salvador, El Salvador. Engel has worked on issues concerning energy and environment in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Humboldt County. He is a Senior Research Engineer at the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State.

Janet McCrary Webb ('83, Forestry) is president of Big Creek Lumber in Santa Cruz. The company operates the first redwood mill certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible forest management worldwide.

Francisco Chavez ('77, Oceanography) is a Senior Scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, where he has been on staff for 20 years. In 2005, Chavez was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences for his research on the impact of climate variability on oceanic ecosystems and global carbon cycling.

Ron Melin ('71, Geography) is a restorationist at the Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance, Calif. He is a retired teacher (physical geography and social sciences in Los Angeles Unified School District). He recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for wilderness status for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

Mel Odemar ('61, Fisheries) retired after 35 years with the California Department of Fish and Game as a marine biologist and environmental program manager. He worked in Argentina as a demersal fisheries expert with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Earl M. Lauppe ('52, Wildlife Management) had a 40-year career with the California Department of Fish and Game. He started as a department seasonal aid based at Humboldt in 1950 and was hired on a permanent basis in 1952. Earl started raising pheasants in the department's Yountville, Calif., game farm in 1952 and ended his career as the Senior Supervising Biologist for the southern part of California. Since 1992, Earl has worked as a retired annuitant for the department's Coastal and Inland Deserts Regions.

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