JOBS IN ENVIRONMENT
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Finding work in environmental occupations can be a challenge both with and without a degree. If you are a person who enjoys being outdoors daily, you may find that outdoor work is only available as a 'blue collar' occupation or what is called a 'technician' position, meaning a four year college degree is not required to do the work.
Yes, you can get paid to hike though the woods, just not a huge salary. The technicion career ladder tops out at salaries lower than careers requiring degrees. So education does matter in terms of future earnings.
'Environmental' jobs tends to focus on advocacy, activism or regulation, while the 'Natural Resource' jobs are typically 'field' and outdoor disciplines. Job terminology for environmental/resource occupations varies widely state to state. It is important to learn the terminology for your occupation.
Environmental careers requiring specific college degrees are often 'indoor' jobs using computer models to predict environmental events. Now an environmental professional seldom escapes from the office and does a lot of the 'field work' with aerial photos, computer generated maps, and a ton of regulatory paperwork.
Salaries are higher for occupations requiring degrees and there is more opportunity for advancement or career change. If you are considering a career with an agency, check out Pay and Leave and check Salaries and Wages.
RESOURCES FOR JOBS IN ENVIRONMENT
- Guide to Green Careers
- If you are interested in finding a career where you can make a difference while making a living, this guidebook is for you.
- Environmental Health and Safety Careers
- A career site for Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety Professionals.
- Ecological Society of America - ESA
- Check out the 'Job Postings' for jobs, internships, fellowships and grants. there is also some information for high school students, too.
- California Environmental Health Association posts vacancies in this discipline. Most of the positions are in California with city or county government with very good salaries. There may also be volunteer opportunities.
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Do a multi-site search for environmental education employment opportunities. This is also an excellent site for information on environmental education grants.
- Naturalist Jobs
- The job board and job search site for qualified naturalist job candidates.
- Environmental Career Opportunities
- Numerous vacancies in the environmental field can be found and used for your job hunt on this excellent job site, but you can receive up announcements more quickly through a subscription, which you can receive at a password protected website or in print for a modest fee.
- Green Corps
- Green Corps is the non-profit Field School for Environmental Organizing, a one-year paid program that includes intensive classroom training in grassroots organizing and hands-on experience running urgent environmental campaigns.
- The Nature Conservancy
- The Nature Conservancy has projects in 72 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Jobs may report directly to the Worldwide Office, one of eight conservation regions, or a conservation strategic group.
- Find a great career in wildlife, renewable energy, environmental compliance, sustainability, EHS, air quality, green buildings, hydrogeology, engineering, environmental policy, and more!
- Jobs from around the world in energy, geoscience, seismology, environmental science, remediation, agriculture, forestry, ecology, plant science, meteorology, oceanography, soil science, GIS, and related subjects.
- This newer job search engine does a very good job of targeting desirable vacancy announcements using search terms like 'conservation' but you may want to use additional keywords to narrow the search. Very good for a defined search!
- The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is a six state association of grassroots groups in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. WORC is also has a new resource council in eastern Oregon. Currently there a few jobs posted. This is an important group of councils to know about, and such knowledge might lead to a job.
- High County News Job Listings
- A few great jobs in mountain states - mostly with nonprofit organizations. High Country news is one of the most interesting and influential western states news sources.
- Green Dream Jobs
- If you have business skills and want to work for a sustainable business or nonprofit, you've come to the right place! From recycling to green building, from renewable energy to organic products, from social investing to certified forestry, find a Green Dream Job.
- GreenBiz Jobs
- There are all sorts of jobs listed, from Head Gardener to Resrouce Conservation Manager, to Environmental Engineer.
- Society for Ecological Restoration International
- SER has professional employment listings, internships and volunteer opportunities.
- Practical information for Environmental Professionals in the Southeast U.S., the site has jobs in their 'Classifieds' section. Most job openings are in Florida.
- Land Trust Alliance
- Job openings with Land Trusts tend to be administrative management positions with a few field jobs. This is a growing field of work.
- National Registry of Environmental Professionals Job Bank
- A professional registry with news and list of credentialed professionals. The Job Bank offers a variety of opportunities to NREP-certified professionals and the people who want to hire them.
- A key feature of this site is the extensive list of private sector companies which may be helpful to job seekers in identifying future employers. Covers environmental employment in the USA and Canada, including natural, green and science listings.
- School for Field Studies
- This unique school offers opportunities to be involved with an environmentally focused, community oriented, and results driven organization. Both academic and nonacademic position job openings in US and abroad and some internships are available, but limited.
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