Just because Earth Day is over, doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating! We are dedicating this week’s opportunity spotlight to all you Loraxes out there! Whether you want to work within a forest or join forces with a sustainable organization to protect one, we have over 6,500 jobs and even more opportunities dedicated to helping the planet!
A diverse bouquet
To begin with, here are some green organizations hiring for all types of positions: The Nature Conservancy has staff and members working in every state and in over 30 countries. Dedicated to land and water conservation, the Nature Conservancy currently has fourteen different positions open throughout the US, ranging from roles specific as Hydropower Financial Product Analyst to as wide reaching as Campaign Manager. If the jobs aren’t quite right for you, you might want to check out their awesome volunteer opportunities, instead.
Greenpeace is another place with a variety of hiring needs. They are an environmental organization that combines action, research, and communication to address the world’s environmental problems. They currently have nine job openings, including positions like Grassroots Assistant and Online Strategist.
Yet another option is the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization that relies on law, science, and their one million plus members to protect the earth’s wildlife, wild places, and the environment itself. With offices in New York, DC, San Francisco, and Santa Monica, they currently have 19 positions throughout their departments that need great employees like you! From Program Assistant to Executive Editor to Marine Mammal Science Fellow, there seems to be something for everyone.
In the office
If you love helping the planet but don’t necessarily want your day job to require garden gloves, consider these office-based environmental jobs.
Located in Renton, Washington, SHADOW uses education, preservation, and restoration to keep Shadow Lake Bog and other spaces within Jenkins Creek Basin sustainable. Join their team as a part-time Operations and Development Manager, where you’ll manage their development plan, fundraising strategies, and contribute to making and implementing strategies, policies, and practices.
Also in Washington, Washington Wild preserves and restores wild areas through community groups, advocacy, and education. This organization is hiring for a Development and Communications Director to grow its membership, fundraise, and manage its marketing and communications.
To get at the root of some environmental issues, you may want to head to Washington D.C. to join The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program as a Program Coordinator. This is a great administrative role for someone interested in leading the program’s energy and water forums, dialogues, and events!
For something that involves a bit of on the ground assessment: The City of Gresham’s Natural Resources Program is looking for an Environmental Specialist. This job involves providing input on a variety of natural resources topics, directing restoration projects, and running surveys, assessments, and compliance tracking.
If you’re skilled with numbers, you might like working as a Finance & Operations Manager for The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a research and policy organization working on environmental and economic development. Green Empowerment in Portland, OR is also seeking a Financial Manager to help them in their mission to strengthen communities with renewable energy and safe water. For a slightly less numbers focused position check out this Foundations Manager role with the Rainforest Action Network: work with the development director and foundations coordinator to help maintain and grow their funding network.
In the field
On the flipside, if you think you’re developing scoliosis from your spine’s attempt to grow toward the light when you’re trapped in an office, these hands-on jobs might be a better fit!
For a great entry-level position with room for rapid growth, see this Crewman/Entrepreneur job with The Compost Crew in Bethesda, MD. Help support their small business with hands-on tasks involving compost management as well as more entrepreneurial work that will grow the business.
Another entry-level position is with Friends of the National Zoo in Virginia. Get your heart-fill of hikes, laughter, and learning by becoming their Residential Outdoor Educator and working with children aged 10-15. If you’re out in California, the Connolly Ranch has similar positions available for their summer camp!
For a position that has more programming and operations in addition to education elements, check out this Stewardship & Education Manager position with the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust in Massachusetts!
Not ready for full-time?
If you’re really interested in helping the environment but don’t feel ready for a full-time environmental job, there are many other ways to gain experience. You could get a certificate or degree in environmental studies, volunteer, and/or simply reach out to organizations for informational interviews. For instance, Lehigh University has an Environmental Initiative program that involves training across multiple fields in order to find and implement solutions to the most pressing environmental issues. The same multi-dimensional approach is true of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.