**** Special Announcement: 2016 ES Alumni Survey is Available Online NOW 

This survey once every five year survey is being conducted as part of the Environmental Studies (ES) Program's celebration of 45+ years as an academic department at UCSB. If you're a graduate of one of the oldest and most respected environmental studies programs in the world we thank you in advance for taking 15 minutes to complete the survey.  The primary closing date is end of January, 2017. However, the survey will remain open after this date for a period of time and if you have yet to submit a survey you're encourage to do so ASAP.

The ES faculty and staff greatly value the feedback of our alumni and plan to use your responses (anonymously) to evaluate and enhance our curriculum and expand educational opportunities offered to current and future students. All contact info provided witin the survey will be kept internal and not shared with any other department. To gain an accurate assessment of what our graduates are doing post UCSB we want everyone to participate. Even if you just graduated, are not currently working in an environmental discipline, presently looking for a job, in graduate school, or unhappy with your UCSB or ES Program education, we want to hear from you.
Questions about the survey should be directed to Eric Zimmerman, ES Academic Coordinator, at or 805-893-3185.

The survey is available online as a Google Doc at:

To view a list of alumni who've already completed the survey click on one of the two .pdfs below (UPDATED on 1/13/2017):

      • List of completed surveys: Sorted by Last Name (.pdf)
      • List of completed surveys: Sorted by Graduating Class/Year  (.pdf)

We also have a "Hit List" of graduates we have either lost their contact info or promised to complete the survey but have yet to do so.  Any assistance you can provide to contact and encourage them to complete the survey would be appreciated: ES Missing Alumni Hit List (.pdf)

Below is a graph of % of ES Alumni, by Graduating Class, who completed the survey as of February 10th, 2017.  The class of 2016 is ahead with 43%, folowed by 2008 (34%), 2009 and 2010 (29%), and 2014 and 2015 (28%).

About Our Alumni

Since 1972 the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB has graduated over 5,000 alumni. This success has established UCSB's ES Program as one of the largest and most successful undergraduate environmental programs in the world. Reflective of the interdisciplinary nature of the ES curriculum, alumni have obtained positions in every employment sector (public, private, and non-profit) and a wide variety of career fields, including: National Park Superintendent, the President of the League of Conservation Voters, Aquatic Ecotoxicologist, and Assistant Secretary of California's Resources Agency.

No matter what discipline within environmental studies ES students choose to study, they all share the goal to become effective environmental problem solvers. It is this common theme that transforms the Environmental Studies Program from a typical academic department into a close knit family of faculty, students, and staff. By working together to educate and create tomorrow's environmental leaders a unique bond is established that persists with our alumni long after they leave UCSB.

This webpage contains a wealth of information regarding the paths and accomplishments of UCSB's Environmental Studies Alumni. If you are an alumnus of the ES Program feel free to drop us an email or give us a call and let us know how you are doing (

Below is a small sample of current and past job titles held by UCSB Environmental Studies Alumni:



Director, Planning Agency

Ventura County

Alternative Transportation Manager

Santa Barbara County

Executive Director

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

Redevelopment Supervisor

City of Santa Barbara, CA

Professor of Environmental Studies

California State University Channel Islands

Executive Director

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

Director of Environmental Safety

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Principle Architect/Owner

Van Atta Associates, Landscape Architecture


Ventura Country Flood Control District



Assistant Secretary, Ocean and Coastal Policy

CA Natural Resources Agency

Director of International Programs

CA Energy Commission

Deputy Secretary, Climate Change and Energy

CA Natural Resources Agency

Chief, Environmental Planning & Management

CA Department of Transportation

Director of Education

Catalina Island Conservancy



Vice President for Sustainability Programs

Quiksilver,  Inc.

President, Regions

SunPower, leading solar technology company

Manager of Environmental Assessments

The Walt Disney Company


League of Conservation Voters

Director of Conservation

New England Aquarium

Director of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

City of Portland, OR

President, Board of Directors

Earth Island Institute

National Field Director

Alaska Rainforest Campaign

Senior Research Fellow

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Resource Management Planner

State of Hawaii



Manager of Communications for the Environment


Deputy Director, Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Interior

Superintendent, North Cascades

U.S. National Park Service

Deputy Asst. Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

U.S. Department of Interior

Director, Environmental Planning

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Specialist, Human Capacity Development

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

GIS Technician

Hawaiian Islands Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Staff Attorney

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency



Policy Officer/Remote Sensing Scientist

Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, Australia

Manager of Health, Safety & Environment

MB Petroleum Services, Oman