Finding a job in sustainability: A resource list

 

Sustainability and related jobs

Apparently I need to get a life, an original smaller list popped up on the Green Schools list-serve some time ago and in my free time I’ve been expanding it and testing the links.  The result I hope is a really solid list for students and others looking for jobs in sustainability but would love any additions anyone has, feel free to add them in the comments or e-mail at CCSustain@aol.com.  Additionally at the end of the document are some resources about several topics including general information on jobs in sustainability and resources about environmental consulting.

Special thanks to all the folks whose sites and posts I’ve raided to put this together, please now steal it from me.  ~ Michael Kane

 

Standard Job sites

 

Career Builder http://www.careerbuilder.com/

 

Indeed – http://www.indeed.com/

 

Monster – http://www.monster.com/

 

SimplyHired – http://www.simplyhired.com/

 

LinkUp – http://www.linkup.com/b/Chief-sustainability-officer-jobs.html

 

Craigslist – http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

In my estimation the most overlooked job posting resource by students.  Browse by location but a trick is to go up and select all jobs in the filter tab.

 

LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/job/home

Primarily a work related social network but does have a jobs section.

 

Glassdoor –  http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm

A job site with a little different look, it provides more information about companies and salaries than most job sites.

 

USA Jobs – https://www.usajobs.gov/

Federal government jobs site, not a big selection of sustainability gigs but if you are looking for more business or science oriented positions it’s a good site

 

Higher Education related sites

 

Higher Ed Jobs – http://www.higheredjobs.com/

Chronicle of Higher Education – http://chronicle.com/section/Jobs/61/

 

“Green” job sites – job sites with a green focus

 

Cyber-Sierra’s Natural Resources Job Search – Conservation Employment www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/

This site does have some job postings but is much like this list a huge aggregation of sites organized by category, agriculture, natural resources, forestry, etc… definitely an environmental science/studies focus but an amazing site full of resources.

 

Search Engine for Green Jobs – GreenJobSpider www.greenjobspider.com/

In some ways really love this site, it has a phenomenal reach in finding listed positions, but wish there was a sorting ability beyond all or new jobs, but a great site to invest some time in if you’re job searching.

 

StopDoDo- http://www.environmentjobs.com/aboutus.asp

Great site broad range of jobs both in the US and globally!

 

Eco.org – http://www.eco.org/

A job site with a green jobs focus, they also try and broaden the platform with articles, a blog, etc…

 

GreenBiz.comhttp://jobs.greenbiz.com/?ms=36240

This website is a good resource for information about environmental sustainability and business.

 

Environmental Career Center – http://www.environmentalcareer.info/jobs/

An old jobs board that has updated to modern interface focusing on environmental jobs

 

Ecohearth – http://www.ecohearth.com/eco-jobs.html

Another basic green jobs site, a lot of postings but oddly doesn’t seem searchable?

 

Allen and York – Sustainable Recruitment Professional Staffing Group – www.allen-york.com/advanced-search

Global recruiting site for professional jobs in sustainability

 

Cool Climate Jobs – www.coolclimatejobs.com/

Fairly sparse listings

 

Environmental Career Center – http://environmentalcareer.com/

Standard job site with some aggregation from other search engines

 

EnvironmentalConsultingJobs.com – http://environmentalconsultingjobs.com/

Very standard and basic job site

 

EnvironmentalJobs.com – http://environmentaljobs.com/

Listed job site, no real search option and environmental science focused

 

Evergreen Resources – Environmental Job Search Website – Based in UK www.evergreen.org.uk/search.aspx

Site is focused on technical environmental fields, energy, environmental cleanup etc.

 

Green Job Board – greenjobsearch.org www.greenjobsearch.org/

Not the most diverse listings but some jobs available

 

SustainableBusiness.com – Green Dream Jobs www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/greendreamjobs.main

Has sustainability offerings but seems to have a strong focus in renewable energy

 

Green Job Engine – http://greenjobengine.com/

The sponsored job listings are good but few in number and even fewer jobs in the unsponsored category.

 

Sustainability Jobs – http://jobsinsustainability.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/find-jobs

Standard jobs site focusing on sustainability has the feel of a site like Monster.com.

 

Sustainable Industries Jobs Board – http://www.sustainableindustries.com/jobs/search

Standard jobs site focusing on sustainability large number of listings across broad spectrum

 

Grist http://jobs.grist.org/

Grist, a good source for environment news, has been around for a long time. Their new website includes a jobs board, not a lot of listings but a decent site.
TreeHugger- http://jobs.treehugger.com/

Small but focused site with good listings.
Bright Green Talenthttp://brightgreen.jobthread.com/

Some job information and job board very similar to TreeHugger
Acrehttp://acre.com/jobs

Strong site based in the UK, with broad categories but particularly strong in CSR and Energy.

Environment Jobs UKhttp://www.environmentjob.co.uk/jobs

Nonprofit and public sector environmental and sustainability posts from the UK.
Eco Employhttp://www.ecoemploy.com/jobs/

Job listings but no search function, if you switch between job listings you’re fine but if you bounce between screens there are a lot of pop-ups on this site.

 

Green Jobs International- http://www.kaufda.de/Umwelt-Jobs/jobs/Green-Jobs-international/

A German-based meta site identifies green jobs all over the world but mostly Europe, heavy emphasis on energy jobs.

Advocates for Urban Agriculture – http://auachicago.org/opportunities/jobs-paid-interships/

Nice site on urban agriculture jobs and internships primarily centered around Chicago.

 

Green job listings by state

 

By using the following format, statename.greenjobs.net you’ll get a job search listing by state, with links for a variety of green job areas, for example California.greenjobs.net yields the following:

Browse California Green Job Listings

Maine Jobs

Natural Choiceshttp://www.naturalchoices.com/resources/green-jobs.php

Natural choices, green living and sustainability in Maine has a jobs board and links specifically to sustainability related jobs in Maine

 

Maryland Jobs

Maryland green jobshttp://www.green.maryland.gov/jobs.html

State of Maryland site for all things green in Maryland including jobs

 

Maryland department of Laborhttp://www.dllr.state.md.us/greenjobs/

Maryland’s department of Labor has a green jobs page as well

 

North Carolina

North Carolina Clean Energy Associationhttp://energync.org/jobs/

Clean energy jobs in the state of North Carolina.

 

Oregon jobs

Sustainable Business Oregon – http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/green_jobs.html

The name says it all, sustainability related job openings in Oregon

 

Sustainable Agriculture Positions

 

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) – http://sustainableaged.org/Resources/JobListings/tabid/104/Default.aspx

The site provides a conduit to their LinkedIn page where they list positions.

 

Orion Magazine Jobs Board – http://jobs.oriongrassroots.org/

Grassroots magazine with a good number of jobs, somewhat northeast US focused.

 

Ag Job Network http://agjobnetwork.jobamatic.com/a/jobs/find-jobs

Standard job listing site focused on the agricultural sector

 

EcoFarm – http://eco-farm.org/about/jobs/

Job listings at Ecofarm, so few listings

 

Good Food Jobs – http://www.goodfoodjobs.com

Food related jobs!

 

Green Collar’s Green Job Board – http://www.greencollarblog.org/green-job-boards.html

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada – http://www.oacc.info/Jobs/job_postings.asp

Sustainable Food Jobs -  http://sustainablefoodjobs.wordpress.com

 

Academic Posting Web sites

American Society for Horticultural Science – http://www.ashs.org/db/hortopportunities/pro_listing.lasso

Chronicle of Higher Education – http://chronicle.com/section/Jobs/

North American College & Teachers of Agriculture – http://www.nactateachers.org/position-announcements.html

 

Government Web sites

USDA’s Employment website – http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/jobs/index.htm

 

Farm Internships/Apprenticeships

ATTRA – http://attrainternships.ncat.org

California Certified Organic Farmers Employment and Internship/Apprenticeship Classifieds – http://www.ccof.org/classifieds.php

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Grow Food – http://growfood.org

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) – http://www.oeffa.org/apprentice.php

Rogue Farm Corps- http://roguefarmcorps.org

Tilth Producer’s Apprenticeship Placement Service – http://www.tilthproducers.org/placement.asp

 

Volunteer Positions

 

 

Renewable Energy & Green Building Focused sites

 

Renewable Energy Jobs from Greenjobs.com www.greenjobs.com/

Good site for Renewable Energy jobs

 

SustainableBusiness.com – Green Dream Jobs www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/greendreamjobs.main

Has sustainability offerings but seems to have a strong focus in renewable energy

 

US Green Building Council Career Center- http://careercenter.usgbc.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=2643

Green building and renewable energy related jobs.

 

Acrehttp://acre.com/jobs

Strong site based in the UK, with broad categories but particularly strong in CSR and Energy.

 

StopDoDo- http://www.environmentjobs.com/aboutus.asp

Great site broad range of jobs both in the US and globally!  Solid renewable energy section.

 

Green Jobs International- http://www.kaufda.de/Umwelt-Jobs/jobs/Green-Jobs-international/

A German-based meta site identifies green jobs all over the world but mostly Europe, heavy emphasis on energy jobs.

 

North Carolina Clean Energy Associationhttp://energync.org/jobs/

Clean energy jobs in the state of North Carolina.

 

Internships

 

NCSE internship clearinghouse  – http://environmentalinterns.ncseonline.org/

Site is supposed to be a clearinghouse for internships, definitely a useful site but some disconnects and out of date postings.

 

Ethical Performance – http://www.ethicalperformance.com/recruitment

Ethical Performance is a social responsibility newsletter with a jobs section that includes internship listings.  Not a lot of positions but an interesting site.

 

Renewable Internships in Sustainable Employment – http://www.risehi.org/

Sustainability related internships in the state of Hawaii, never going to be a lot of listings but hey cool internships in Hawaii!

 

 

Corporate Social Responsibility Jobs

 

Acrehttp://acre.com/jobs

Strong site based in the UK, with broad categories but particularly strong in CSR and Energy.

 

BC CCC Members List – http://www.bcccc.net/index.cfm?pageId=2021

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship advertises job opportunities from their member companies.

 

BSR jobs – http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=BFORSR&cws=1&rid=463

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is the largest single employer of US-based CSR consultants. They often have internal openings.

 

BSR » CSR Jobs Page – http://www.bsr.org/en/our-network/csr-jobs

BSR lists external CSR jobs on a separate page from their internal listings. This is the single best listing of CSR jobs.

 

Just Means – http://jobs.justmeans.com/

Site combines social networking with well-populated jobs listings.

 

Ethical Performance – http://www.ethicalperformance.com/recruitment

Ethical Performance is a social responsibility newsletter with a jobs section that includes internship listings.  Not a lot of positions but an interesting site.

 

Globethicshttp://www.globethics.net/web/ge/jobs/csr-jobs

International postings for environmental NGOs, CSR and ethics related positions.

 

Monthly Developments Magazinehttp://monthlydevelopments.org/jobs

Before the internet, Monday’s Developments was the only resource for international developments jobs, solid site for NGO postings as well as some CSR jobs.

 

Non-Profit Jobs

NonProfitOyster – http://careers.nonprofitoyster.com/c/terms/tou.cfm

The Oyster has a powerful job searching database for positions in the US and Canada.
Opportunity Knockshttp://www.opportunityknocks.org/

OK includes both a powerful search engine and a resume posting option for US-based opportunities.
Bridgestarhttp://www.bridgespan.org/Nonprofit_Jobs/Search_Jobs.aspx

An initiative of the Bridgespan Group, this site provides nonprofit career-matching services.
ExecSearches.comhttp://www.execsearches.com/

Lists nonprofit positions from the executive to mid-level.
Tides Foundationhttp://www.tides.org/about/jobs/

Based in San Francisco, Tides Foundation is an incubator for social and environmental nonprofits. They list positions for Tides and Tides grantees.

 

International Development Jobs

Idealisthttp://www.idealist.org/search/v2/advanced

A great job search engine including international NGO opportunities, not a lot of listings but has the added feature of being able to search by internship.
Globethicshttp://www.globethics.net/web/ge/jobs/csr-jobs

International postings for environmental NGOs, CSR and ethics related positions.
Development Aidhttp://www.developmentaid.org/index

Job posting for development jobs, primarily in the developing world.
Thompson Reuters Foundation – http://www.trust.org/jobs-market/

A strong search engine specializing in humanitarian aid and social change.
OneWorld.nethttp://oneworld.org/jobs

Primary focus is on international volunteer opportunities.

 

DevNetJobshttp://www.devnetjobs.org/

International development and consulting opportunities, need to create a free account in order to search jobs.
Global Recruitmenthttp://www.globalrecruitment.net/

This company is an international development recruiter.
Monthly Developments Magazinehttp://monthlydevelopments.org/jobs

Before the internet, Monday’s Developments was the only resource for international developments jobs, solid site for NGO postings as well as some CSR jobs.

 

Relief Webhttp://reliefweb.int/jobs

Humanitarian aid and development positions.
VSOhttp://www.vso.org.uk/

Non-Brits often overlook VSO which opens its door to people from many nations. VSO is similar to Peace Corps but the volunteers have more pertinent work experience.

 

Philanthropy Jobs

Foundation Centerhttp://foundationcenter.org/pnd/jobs/

With resource offices in major cities around the US, the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy New Digest lists jobs focused in philanthropy and fundraising and provides a new job list by state.
Chronicle of Philanthropyhttp://philanthropy.com/section/Jobs/224/

The Chronicle of Philanthropy lists job opportunities largely in the nonprofit and grant making arena.
Council on Foundationshttp://jobs.cof.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=11690

This is a fee-based service of foundation focused jobs.
MMB & Associateshttp://www.marthamontagbrown.com/searches.html

Martha Montag Brown recruits for philanthropy positions. Her website includes her current searches with a focus on executive level positions.

 

Policy/Public Affairs Jobs

Opportunities in Public Affairshttp://www.opajobs.com/

Position in public affairs in the Washington DC area.
EuroBrusselshttp://www.eurobrussels.com/index.php

EU related policy jobs.

Subscription Services, that’s right, these cost money.

 

Green Collar (Subscription service) – http://www.greencollar.org/search_job/search.php

Great specialization on their job search application, there is a membership

 

EcoJobs.com (Subscription Service) www.ecojobs.com/

Subscription service but they always have a couple of jobs you can access without subscribing.

 

Environmental and Natural Resources Jobs (Subscription Service) www.thejobseeker.net/

Nature and environmental focus, sites introduction very unfriendly

 

 

Articles on finding jobs in Sustainability

 

5 strategies for finding a job in Sustainablity – http://sustainabilityadvantage.com/2010/07/13/5-strategies-to-finding-a-sustainability-job/

 

3 part series of finding green jobs – http://www.greencollarblog.org/2009/07/finding-green-jobs-a-threepart-series-from-green-jobs-network.html

 

An old piece from 2008 but I like its basic look at who will/is hiring – https://www.experience.com/alumnus/article?channel_id=green&source_page=home&article_id=article_1208550373072

 

Piece on environmental consulting jobs – http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2013/03/green-careers-sustainability-consulting.html

 

Nice overview on skills needing in Environmental Consulting – http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/03/09/skills-sustainability-consultants-need-succeed

 

Sustainability Consulting 101 – http://allisononsustainablebiz.blogspot.com/2012/04/breaking-into-sustainability-consulting.html

 

Who’s hiring in Sustainability – http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/09/who-is-hiring-sustainability

 

So you are the new Sustainability Director: Now what? – http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2009/06/23/eight-tips-getting-your-sustainability-project-ground

 

 

 

Environmental Consulting Industry Information

 

Consultant Journal – Become an Environmental Consultant

http://www.consultantjournal.com/blog/become-an-environmental-consultant

 

Environmental Business Council Resources – Compilation of Resources http://www.clu-in.org/products/ebc/Ebcrpt.htm

 

Environmental Data Resources, Inc. http://www.edrnet.com/

 

Going Green – Environmental Jobs for Scientists http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2009/summer/art01.pdf

 

Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative http://www.medclimatechangeinitiative.org/

 

Resources on Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development http://www.interpraxis.com/resources.htm

 

The Top 200 Environmental Firms – ENR McGraw-Hill Construction

http://enr.construction.com/people/topLists/topEnvDesign/topEnv_1-50.asp

 

 

Key Environmental Consulting Institutions

 

Arcadis – Infrastructure, Water, Environment, Buildings www.arcadis-us.com/index.aspx

 

Black & Veatch (Worldwide) www.bv.com/

 

BluSkye – San Francisco based consulting firm www.bluskye.com/

 

Cardno ENTRIX – Natural Resource Management and Environmental Consultants www.entrix.com/

 

CDM (Worldwide) www.cdm.com/en-US.aspx

 

CH2M HILL (Worldwide) www.ch2m.com/corporate/

 

ENVIRON – Environmental, Health Sciences and Sustainability Consulting www.environcorp.com/

 

Environmental Resources Management (ERM) www.erm.com/

 

European Environment Agency (EEA) www.eea.europa.eu/

 

Geosyntec Consultants – Engineers Scientists Innovators www.geosyntec.com/UI/Default.aspx

 

Home – Strategic Sustainability Consulting – Virginia based www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/

 

Marstel Day – Resolving complex environmental and land use issues www.marstel-day.com/

 

MWH – The Global Leader in Wet Infrastructure www.mwhglobal.com/

 

RMT, Inc. Renewable Energy, Environmental Consultant, Sustainable Development www.rmtinc.com/

 

SWCA – Environmental Consultants – Phoenix, AZ www.swca.com/index.php/

 

Tetra Tech Inc. www.tetratech.com/

 

TRC Engineering Services, Consulting & Construction Management Company www.trcsolutions.com/Pages/default.aspx

 

Veolia Environmental Services – Waste Management http://veoliaes.com/Home

 

Environmental Consulting Professional Associations & Networking Sites

 

Air Quality Professional Associations

 

Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) www.awma.org/Public/

 

Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC) http://www.icac.com/

 

Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA) – Air www.meca.org/

 

National Association for Environmental Health & Safety Management (NAEM) www.naem.org/

 

 

Waste Management Professional Associations

 

Zero Waste International Alliance  http://zwia.org/

 

Coalition for Responsible Waste Incineration (CRWI) www.crwi.org/

 

Environmentalists Every Day – America’s Solid Waste Industry www.environmentalistseveryday.org/

 

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) – Waste & Recycling www.isri.org/iMIS15_PROD/ISRI/Default.aspx

 

National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA)

http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/

 

Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) www.swana.org/

 

 

Water Resource Professional Associations

 

American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) – Water http://www.amtaorg.com/

 

American Water Works Association (AWWA) http://www.awwa.org/

 

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) www.amwa.net/

 

International Desalination Association (IDA) – Water www.idadesal.org/

 

Irrigation Association (IA) – Water www.irrigation.org/

 

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) www.nacwa.org/

 

Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, Inc. (WWEMA) www.wwema.org/

 

Water Environment Federation The Water Quality People www.wef.org/

 

Water Quality Association (WQA) www.wqa.org/

 

 

Miscellaneous Sustainability Related Organizations

 

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) www.aashe.org/index.php

 

Environmental & Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS) www.eegs.org/

 

Export Council for Energy Efficiency (ECEE) www.ecee.org/

 

International Society of Sustainability Professionals www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/

 

National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) www.naep.org/

 

Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) www.nebc.org/

 

SustainUS – U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development http://sustainus.org/

 

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) www.esa.org/