Q&A.; - Green Employment Resources (Updated)

Just discovered your site. I like it.

I am wondering if you can help me out. I have been searching for a job with a green company. As you know, they don’t grow on trees in abundance. I am interested in a green company vs. working for a non-profit type deal.

Do you know of any resources that I might utilize in connecting with such a company? Rob.Hope we can help good Rob hunting.

As you’ve just discovered us, you possibly missed a recent post on the book Working with the Environment. We also had earlier referenced The Green Volunteer Guide but sounds like you’re after a green business, with capital B. Because you don’t disclose your quiver of talents we can’t get too specific. Instead simply suggest you have a peek at GoodWork Canada’s link page. They have an excellent collection of leads that you’ll be able to kill a few hours wandering through. They cover a wide range, with some international sites like Environment Jobs UK

A couple they don’t have listed that operate mostly for Australia and New Zealand are Natural Resource Management Jobs (it has branched out much wider so just calls itself NRM these days) and Environment Jobs. The latter, have not long back, added a site called Environmental Careers Office (ECO) to provide information on environmental education. Another couple of British based ones are Ecological Recruitment and Allen & York (at least their name won't get confused with all the other sound alikes!).

One other resource in North America, missing from the Goodwork list is Ejobs. There is no shortage of demand for these sorts of careers. One US site, Environmental Career Opportunities, gives an indication of the growth. They post 500 jobs every fortnight and have 30,000 people looking at them. Yow!

To avoid getting bowled over in this rush, you may wish to take advice from that patron saint of job hunters, Richard Bolles, acclaimed author of the classic, What Color Is Your Parachute?, and in more recent times the Job Hunters Bible web site. He reckons most people with jobs they love, didn't get them from reading the classifieds. In a nutshell, Dick suggests figuring out what you really enjoy doing. Then find an enterprise where you’d be happy doing that ‘whatever’, and begin to cultivate a relationship with someone who works there, or knows someone who works there. Through such links, approach the actual person you’d be working for, (not the recruitment department) and ask for a job. And keep finessing this approach until you get what you're after.

So, if you like the businesses we review on TreeHugger, go learn more about them, meet people who work there and ask them for position! And if at first you don't succeed ..... . All the best in your endeavours, Rob. [by WM] (who had to be gently persistent to land this gig!)

UPDATE: David over at Grist (one our favourite eco-news sites) has reminded us they recently did an interview with Kevin Doyle, a national program director at The Environmental Careers Organization (the US one), whom we noted above. And what we also neglected to point out is that ECO published a book (remember those?) last year entitled: The ECO Guide to Careers That Make a Difference: Environmental Work for a Sustainable World. Thanks for the tip, David.