If saving the Earth has long been your passion but an exciting career sorting plastic and aluminum at a recycling center seems a little below your anticipated pay grade, perhaps you haven’t taken a realistic approach to possible jobs in the green sector. It’s almost certain that you’re not going to find what you’re looking for by visiting typical job-search websites like Career Builder and Monster or signing up at a temp agency, but there are a surprising number of resources available to help aspiring applicants in a number of fields realize their career goals while working in greener fields. So whether you’re looking to go into eco-tourism, sustainable city planning, organic food production, renewable energy, eco- construction, or even education or law, there are ways to get your dream job today and stay on track for a brighter tomorrow.
1. Tree Hugger. Okay, so the term tree-hugger includes a variety of connotations that have nothing to do with a hard day’s work. But if you’re interested in working for some of the top companies that are innovating newer and better ways to keep our planet clean and green, you could do worse than searching for jobs with some of the eco-corporations and organizations that list with this site.
2. WWOOF. The acronym is long, but World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms offers jobs for the agricultural enthusiast who wants to feed the world without leaving a carbon footprint in the form of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. And with job options that span the globe (you can search by regions from the Americas to Europe to Africa and Asia), you can try to work in a little travel and spend some time interacting with like-minded people from other cultures.
3. Environmental Career. The nice thing about this job-search website is that it not only offers a plethora of jobs for a variety of talents, it also has options for those who are seeking to transfer non-green job experience to an eco-friendly field. So whether you specialize in an already green area like botany, environmental activism, or solar science, or if your background lies in a seemingly unrelated profession like accounting, law enforcement, or resource management, there are green companies who can use your expertise.
4. Sustainable Business. While the major focus of this website is to provide networking services to green businesses looking to expand (from press releases to investment options), a section of their site allows clients to list “Dream Green Jobs” in an attempt to recruit the brightest minds in various industries to their cause. And with offerings like Kitchen Apprentice, Wind Turbine Electrician, and Solar Thermal Director (at Berkeley, no less) on the roster, you’re bound to find something dreamy.
5. Go to the source. If you’re interested in a particular company, your best option for getting a job there is to simply apply. Most green collar jobs can be had in the same way as any other, so search their website for a career section and/or an online application, or call or visit their offices. Contacting the company directly will set you apart from the pack and guarantee that you not only know about job opportunities early, but that your résumé is not just one in a stack of faceless applicants that comes from a job-search website.
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Submitted by guest blogger: Kyle Simpson is a writer for Adiamor Diamond Engagement Rings. Adiamor offers a large selection of engagement ring settings, loose diamonds, and other fine diamond jewelry at affordable prices.