Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education

Next Generation Careers – Innovation in Environmental Biology Education (NGC) will seed a new network to support workforce development for college graduate career progression into environmental biology, including fields such as ecology, evolution, conservation, plant biology and natural resource management. NGC is an incubator project funded by the National Science Foundation in the Undergraduate Biology Education track of the Research Coordination Network program (RCN-UBE); Award # DBI-1539911.



Findings of our Information gathering activities are now available.

  • Job ad scan of entry level jobs
  • Survey of Faculty, administrators and career preparation professionals
  • Focus group sessions of professional societies


Learn about the workshop to generate recommendations and planning towards a new network of academic, business, agency, nonprofit and professional society professionals interested in environmental biology career preparation.


September 15, 2016 ESA Press Release:  
» ESA Receives NSF Award To Seed New Network For Next Generation Careers

Guiding Questions

NGC seeks to investigate:

  1. What do faculty and instructors need to know concerning careers in an evolving environmental biology field beyond academia?
  2. What are the emerging faculty development needs at 4-year institutions as well as 2-year colleges that can empower faculty to effectively inspire, motivate and mentor new students into organismal and field science career pathways with an innovative mindset?
  3. How do these changes align with the core concepts and competencies indicated in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology (AAAS 2009)?
  4. What avenues are most appropriate and / or desirable for professional societies to promote training and career development opportunities for members and students?
  5. What forms of exchange or synergies should be developed across the broad range of sectors among employers, higher education and professional societies to advance the NGC agenda?