JOBS with NONPROFITS
Jobs with nonprofit organizations tend to be administrative, fundraising or of a business nature as opposed to actual environmental disciplines or outdoor occupations. However, it's a great way to transition into conservation or environmental occupations from another field.
People who work in nonprofits often arrive there after retiring from other conservation careers. New-hires start their working life with a nonprofit organization because they believe in the aims and goals of the organization. Nonprofits can also hire on a temporary basis for a specific grant project involving field work. Once the project is over, often the job is over.
Consequently working for a nonprofit as a resource professional may be temporary in nature. It's good experience, but only a few nonprofit conservation organizations maintain a permanent staff of resource professionals. There is a high degree of uncertainty for long-term employment with nonprofits. This makes it a good option for single adults but less attractive to married adults. Keep your exit options current, and don't be afraid to move on to a better job if the occasion arises.
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MORE SOURCES FOR JOBS WITH NONPROFITS
- Search the job postings by 'Viewing All'. Postings are grouped by organization and a quick read down will locate any environmental organizations.
- Nonprofit Oyster
- Good place to get an idea of the variety of jobs available in the nonprofit world. Only a few of the listings will be in conservation.
- Work for Good
- Nonprofits need environmentally oriented people, too. Search jobs by keyword (so try several words). While they have hundreds of jobs listings, only a few are environment related - but you only need one! Most of the listings seem to be in California.
- The Idealist Career Center is the place for you to find your dream job in the nonprofit sector, or find resources to continue growing in your career. Try different methods to locate jobs in your specialty like looking through the organization list or using keywords like wildlife, ecology, forest.
- Save the Redwoods League
- Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has saved ancient redwood forests and redwood ecosystems to ensure that current and future generations can feel the awe and peace that these precious natural wonders inspire. Job announcements are located in the 'About' section.
- 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 (also known as fundraising).
- Sustainable Business 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! Plus, lots of jobs in scientific disciplines, too.
- Careers at National Wildlife Federation
- National Wildlife Federation shows jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer opportunities. Locations vary and are associated with field projects.
- San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
- Volunteer opportunities and occasionally some paid positions through their various bird porgrams. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory works to achieve viable endemic bird populations that are diverse, rich, and abundant and supported by a mosaic of preserved and restored habitats.
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
- OMSI's Science Education Programs bring learning and fun to the entire Pacific Northwest through their camps and classes. Good opportunities if you live in this region.
- Nature Conservancy
- The Nature Conservancy employs about 1200 persons in a variety of occupations and locations.
- Jobs at Land Trusts
- Working with land trusts is a natural for someone with NR experience, forestry, land use, conservation easements, real estate skills, etc. There are various opportunities, nation-wide.
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