Green Opportunities, Diversity Workshop and Career Fair

Friday, February 8, 2019

Official logo of the University of the District of Columbia.


University of the District of Columbia
Student Center Ballroom
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


Friday February 8, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm This workshop is open to undergraduate and graduate students especially from groups underrepresented in ecology and related sciences.


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EcologyPlus is excited to announce the Green Opportunities, Diversity Workshop & Career Fair. This is a two-part event designed to engage professionals in the environmental, conservation and sustainability fields as well as diverse high school and college students interested in green careers pathways.

Door prizes will include a $500 EcologyPlus scholarship to a registered student to attend a professional conference related to green careers by September 2019. The drawing for the scholarship will take place after 4:00 pm. Must be present to receive the award.


Program Leads:

    David Blockstein, Senior Adviser to Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, EcologyPlus Steering Committee
    Karen Mullin, US Fish and Wildlife Service

8:30 am Registration OpensSet up for Exhibitors

9:00 am Student Arrivals

9:30 am – 12:00 PM     WORKSHOP
Connecting Conservation and Diversity Conversations (ALL ARE WELCOME)

Join in this workshop to learn about all the agencies, organizations, programs, graduate schools, opportunities and resources that exist to support diversity, equity and inclusion in Green Careers!  Meet professionals in the field to learn where it’s happening and how to take advantage of all these opportunities. Come and share your voice on how we can grow our alliance and what we can do to be more welcoming of diversity in Green Careers.

9:30 am Panel discussion: What is the Environmental and Conservation workforce now and where is it going?

  •  Erika West, Program Director, Green 2.0
  • Jordan Williams, Program Coordinator, Environmental Leadership Project
  • Mariah Davis, Field Manager,Choose Clean Water Coalition


Four presenters sit behind a woman speaking to the audience.


10:45     Facilitated discussion 

  • How should the environmental community advance cultural change?
  • What advantage do younger and diverse voices offer the changing environmental career ecosystem?

A round table discussion.

12:00 PM     Lunch (provided for those who attend the full day)  – Telling Your Story

  • Networking lunch
  • Welcome by Dr. Sabine O’Hara, Dean and Director of Land Grant Programs for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

1:00 PM      Green Opportunity & Career Fair

Students and job seekers will be able to meet professionals in government agencies, nonprofits, and business and gain valuable skills and insights to career success in Green jobs! Pick up information on:

  • Jobs and job training opportunities: Summer and year long positions, both full-time and part-time, in addition to career and certification opportunities
  • Bringing conservation and ecology into their community: Restoring vacant lots, upcoming community events, urban farming, tips on accessing community building resources
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering at parks, wildlife biologists, or technicians to learn more about careers in the field
  • Job Skill Development: Resume/interview coaching, discussing pathways to conservation and ecology careers with professionals
  • Graduate School: What types, what to expect, what difference does it make

Select from mini-30-minute workshops to better understand what employers and programs are looking for in resumes, interviews and applications!


1:45 Career Building Workshops (30 mins) – choose one

  1. Grad School 101:  Navigating Admissions to Graduate Programs in Ecology-Related Fields – Dr. Robert Javonillo, Assistant Professor of Biology, Morgan State University
  2. What’s Your Story? How to develop and tell your story in 45 seconds or less…with impact! Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau, Certified Master Coach, Sustainability Curriculum to Careers Consultant

2:15 pm BREAK

2:45 Career Building Workshops (30 mins) – Choose one

  1. Building your resume and Interview skills  Sarah Anderson – American Forests
  2. Getting hired by the Maryland State system  Michelle Ramirez, Maryland Department of Natural Resources


4:00 PM        Grand Prize and Wrap Up


We thank all our Exhibitors for the door prizes that were contributed for this event. Exhibitors included:

Casey Trees

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Career Ecologia

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Defenders of Wildlife

Ecological Society of America

Environmental Leadership Program

Friends of the National Zoo

Howard University


Latin American Youth Center

Maryland Conservation Corps

MD Department of Natural Resources

NOAA / NOAA Fisheries

Ocean Conservancy / RAY Conservation Fellowship

Pi Mu Epsilon/Howard University

The Wilderness Society

US Fish and Wildlife Service