Vincent Tenorio | Environmental Analysis

From: Dallas, TX

Pomona Days: Class of 2011, Environmental Analysis (Biology Track)

Current Employment: MBA/Master of Environmental Management Candidate, Yale School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ‍‍

Past Employment:

  • Environmental Coordinator II, City of Dallas, Trinity Watershed Management Dept. (12/2014 - 4/2016)
  • Environmental Coordinator, City of Dallas, Trinity Watershed Management Dept. (7/2013 - 12/2014) 
  • Environmental Specialist II, City of Dallas, Trinity Watershed Management Dept. (3/2012 - 7/2013)
  • Scientist I, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (8/2011 - 3/2012)

 

I came to Pomona as a Questbridge Scholar and majored in Environmental Analysis on the biology track. In the summers, I worked in a lab at the UT Southwestern Medical Center supporting diabetes research. I studied abroad at the University of Cape Town and completed an experimental thesis focused on water quality.

I started my career as an environmental consultant on EPA Superfund sites, sampling contaminated groundwater and soil. I moved to the public sector and monitored watershed quality for the City of Dallas, Trinity Watershed Management department. In addition, I coordinated the department's environmental management system, including inspections, procedures, and sustainability initiatives. I am currently a joint degree MBA/Master of Environmental Management candidate at Yale focusing on the water and energy sectors.

I am happy to help anyone considering graduate school and/or careers in the environmental field, whether in the public or private sectors.

My advice to students: Take a look at jobs you could see yourself doing in 5-10 years. Use LinkedIn, people you know, or job postings to find out what educational requirements, professional certifications, and skills are necessary to get there. Form a plan to get where you want to be, but be flexible and keep an eye out for opportunities. Good luck, have fun!