Waste Management

Explore Career Opportunities in Waste Management

Waste Management graduates find positions at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and other waste management facilities. Their job titles include: 

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Waste Research Specialist
  • Public Works Director
  • Environmental Consultant
  • County Solid Waste Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Wastewater Superintendent
  • Associate Professional (Engineering)
  • Resource Recovery Managers
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist
  • Environmental Compliance Specialist

Look for the brown dots on our alumni map and see where our Soil and Waste Resource graduates are today.

Get Involved on Campus

Discover your passions, build your resume, and make friends along the way! Whether it is joining a student organization, working at one of our centers, or participating in research at one of our three field stations, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

  • Read the CNR Reporter, a weekly newsletter with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times and other important happenings on and around campus.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

A required internship provides real-world experiences ahead of graduation. Faculty members will work closely with you to find the right experience for you. Students have interned with organizations and companies including:

  • Marathon County Solid Waste Department, 
  • Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Prairie du Chien Wastewater Treatment Plant, 
  • Verso Paper,
  • Village of Weston,
  • Marshfield Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • New London Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Milwaukee County Zoo,
  • Waukesha Clean Water Plant,
  • Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Stevens Point Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Fort Atkinson Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Dunn County Solid Waste and Recycling,
  • Veolia Water,
  • Necedah Public Works,
  • Janesville Wastewater Treatment Plant,
  • Recycling Connections,
  • Manitowoc County Recycling Center,
  • Brown County Resource Recovery,
  • Sand Creek Consulting,
  • and NEW Water.

Meet your Waste Management Professors

Our faculty have Ph.D.’s in soil science, waste management, and engineering, and specialize in solid waste management, soil physics, hazardous waste management, microbiology, soil genesis and morphology, wastewater treatment and nutrient management. Meet your professors!


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