Conserving soil and water resources is critical to our future. Expanding populations, rising temperatures, and increasing needs for food, goods, and services are placing an ever growing demand upon our precious soil and water resources. Natural resources and environmental engineers are finding ways to manage and conserve our resources today so that we can meet the demands of the future.
Natural resources and environmental engineers work with all kinds of natural resources, such as water, soil, plants, and air. For example, they could be responsible for the design of livestock or wildlife watering stations in a natural forest or the design of a recycling waste management system on a dairy farm. These engineers plan and design conservation practices on the landscape to better manage runoff and soil erosion to protect water quality. Graduates find challenging and rewarding work with engineering and environmental consultants, with government agencies such as the Forest Service, and with companies such as Valmont Irrigation and Creative Habitat.