The Sierra Club wants to hire you (plus other great jobs protecting the environment)

Photo credit: Skylines, Shutterstock
Photo credit: Skylines, Shutterstock

June 5th was World Environment Day, an event created in 1973 by the United Nations to raise awareness of environmental issues. If you’re concerned about the well-being of our planet and want to do something about it, Idealist can help. There are currently thousands of listings created by close to 10,000 environmental organizations on the site, so there’s no shortage of opportunities out there. With our powers combined, we can do it!


Looking to work for a well-known organization? The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by John Muir, and has several positions available across the country, from Attorney to Marketing Assistant.

If you have an advanced science degree and want to educate consumers while protecting the environment, check out the Science and Policy Associate position the Green Science Policy Institute recently posted in Berkeley, CA.

For Idealists with experience planning events, the Environmental Grantmakers Association in New York City recently posted a position just for you. If you’re looking for an entry-level position in marketing and volunteer management, Climate Cycle’s new position in Chicago is also a great opportunity.

Of course, big cities aren’t well-known for their natural beauty. If you want to actually live in a place closer to the wilderness, try this Outreach Coordinator job in Wyoming. Or work in Africa with the Center for International Forestry Research, which also has a job in Indonesia.

Paid Internships

An internship is a great way to get your feet wet in the field of your choice, and you don’t necessarily have to work for free. All the internships below are paid, including this great Digital Communications position posted by the WorldFish Center in Malaysia.

Washington D.C. is a good place to start your career in environmental policy, and with the start of summer come plenty of internship postings. You can work for the American Forest Association as a Marketing and Web Intern, or try your hand at Communications with the Worldwatch Institute.

If you’re bilingual and interested in environmental science, CEDO in Arizona recently posted an internship that could be right up your alley. More concerned with our energy consumption? Green Light in New Orleans needs 6 interns this summer to help with their energy efficient lighting program.

Finally, if you want to get your hands dirty in the name of Mother Earth, check out some of the outdoor opportunities we have on Idealist. Work with kids on a farm near Seattle, become a gardener in San Francisco, or work on your tan in the Utah desert while serving as an outdoor educator.

So while you’re outdoors this summer enjoying the fresh air or taking a swim in a clear lake, don’t forget to do something positive for our environment! Whether it’s recycling a bottle someone left behind or using a fan instead of an air conditioner, no gesture is too small. And if you want to work full-time for an environmental organization, that’s pretty good too.

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I'm a Community Manager at Idealist, and I'm originally from Connecticut. I started working at Idealist four years ago after jumping around from NYC, Alaska, Argentina, and back to NYC. I love helping people use Idealist seeing the range of nonprofits that exist in the world! I like to travel, brew beer, cook, and play hockey. I should probably live in Portland, but for now I'm in New York.
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