Job and Career Opportunities in Sustainability

Tim Riordan speaking at a conference on climate change

Tufts Office of Sustainability is looking for volunteers (or those able to secure grant funding) to help with the following activities:

  1. Hosting an ‘eco’ themed radio segment on wmfo, Tufts campus radio station (during the school year)
  2. Sustainability-themed short videos (topics flexible)

If you are interested in any of these activities please email Tina Woolston, Program Director, Tufts Office of Sustainability.

For more information about sustainability-related jobs or internships, please check out the following resources:

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Tips for Landing a Green Job

Sustainability Jobs Boards, Listservs, and Websites

Training Opportunities

Green Education

Scholarships and Fellowships

Opportunities Abroad

Books and Articles


 

Tips on Landing a Green Job

Speak With Your Office of Career Services:

Think of your university’s career services as consultants who are really valuable to your preparation for your next professional step. Take advantage of their resume reviews, mock interviews, and advice on how to best represent yourself as a dedicated professional. Once you’re out of college, these types of services will be expensive, so take advantage of it while you can! For more, visit the Tufts Office of Career Services online.

Get an Internship with an Organization in the Field Which Interests You

Landing a job straight out of college is difficult if you don’t have prior experience in a field or you don’t have strong connections in an organization. Internships, either over the summer or over winter break, are a great way to earn experience and make connections that could lead to a job. Even if the internship is unpaid, you can find sources of support through fellowships or scholarships.

Know Your Audience/Interviewer

Always prepare for any job interview, even if it’s over the telephone! Always know the organization you are applying to or speaking with. Take advantage of an organization’s website – look at the bio of the person you’re meeting with, review the “About Us” section, and focus on what the organization’s values and mission include. You could even see if the organization you are speaking with has been in the news for any particular reason (such as an organization’s executive commenting on a piece of legislation).

Mock and Informational Interviews

Prepare using mock interviews. Take advantage of Tufts Career Services, or even ask your friends and family to help you practice.  See if your Office of Career Services will record a mock interview and help you review your interview to discuss what you can do to improve your overall presence and presentation skills.

In addition to mock interviews, schedule informational interviews with different offices or organizations. Informational interviews are a great way to practice interviewing while learning about an organization or a field, without the pressure of job or career prospects being on the line.

Go right to the source

Do not hesitate to reach out directly to an organization to see what type of opportunities they have coming available.  For example, if you’re hoping to be a university sustainability manager, go directly to university websites to search for jobs related to your area of interest at the specific university. Do the same for companies, nonprofits, consulting firms, and so forth. Oftentimes, you can find contacts in human resources through the web, and use that information to see what is available.

Don’t See It Listed? Contact Them!

Just because you don’t see a job listed doesn’t mean it’s not out there and, nor does it mean the job can’t be created.  Be polite yet aggressive if it’s appropriate – reach out to staff at the department/organization you want to work at, and find ways to get your foot in the door, perhaps through an informational interview, meeting the staff in another way, asking to intern if possible, or straight-forwardly asking them what their job openings might look like while expressing your interest. Often jobs in some organizations are never posted publicly, and you’ll never know what openings are there without asking. (While this is good advice, please don’t use it with our office here at Tufts, unless you’re a current student!)

Still Not Listed? Propose It!

As someone interested in the climate movement as a career path, you are in an incredible and powerful position right now.  Green jobs are exploding across the country, and our country is in need of people who have an understanding of sustainability and organizational change.  You should feel empowered to pitch to a company/university/organization why they should create the type of job you’re interested in.  For example, perhaps you pitch to them the cost savings aspect of going green, arguing that by creating a sustainability manager position they could save money in energy costs simply by having someone on staff focusing on educating their employees in ways they are not currently being educated. There are many creative ways to go about this and to pitch the value you’d bring to their organization, both in substance and in savings. (Just be ready for rejection – that’s okay too).

Be Creative!

This is only a starting list of resources we have created for you. There are so many other incredible opportunities out there!  Keep in mind they don’t all have to be environmentally-focused to be a great resource for you for the amazing climate-focused work you’re doing.  For example, consider entering a student business competition to help fund your fantastic business plan for your incredible enviro-entrepreneur idea. Consider entering design competitions to show off your awesome smart growth ideas while also winning funding. Reach out to your campus and community public service organizations who may be aware of public service-oriented fellowships, scholarships, and post-graduation opportunities, as those will most likely be a great fit regardless of the specific area you’re interested in.

 

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Sustainability Job boards, Listservs, and Websites

Acre: Sustainability and Environmental Recruitment

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Sign up for their bulletin, which quite frequently lists sustainability positions in universities across the country

American Council of Engineering Companies Job Board

ASHRAE Careers Resources

Bright Green

Change.org

Department of Labor’s Green Guide for Women

Energy Action Jobs Board

Energy Industry Jobs

Environmental Careers Organization

Good Company’s resources for finding sustainability jobs

Great Green Careers

Green Biz

Green Careers Center

Green Collar Blog

Green Collar Jobs

Green For All

Green Jobs Guide

Green Jobs Network

Green Jobs Search

Green Jobs

Idealist.org

Renewable Energy Jobs

Renewable Energy World

Sustainable Business
Search under Green Dream Jobs

Sustainability Career Resources
Comprehensive Excel brought to you by HEASC, DANS, and the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Sustainability Jobs
Search job sites, company career pages and associations for sustainability-related jobs

Treehugger Job Board

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Training Opportunities

Greenpeace Organizing Term

Green Corps

Green Jobs Ready

Environmental Leadership Program

Enviropreneur Institute

 

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Green Education

Byron Fellowship
A one-week, affordable course on sustainable communities

Earth Day Network

North American Alliance for Green Education

National Environmental Education Foundation

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development

Beyond Grey Pinstripes
Rankings for environmentally- and socially-conscious MBAs

Clinton Global Initiative University

 

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Scholarships & Fellowships

Brower Youth Award

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Echoing Green Fellowship

Young People For (YP4) Fellows Program

Wild Gift Fellowship

Take Flight Microgrants

Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation Fellowship

American Council of Engineering Companies- search “scholarship”

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Scholarships:

American Meteorological Society/Industry Graduate Fellowships and Undergraduate Scholarships

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program Scholarships

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships for Minorities and Women

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Tibor T. Polgar Fellowships for Hudson River Research

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Scholarship

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

e8 Scholarships

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

U.S. Department of Energy Fellowships and Internships

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Fellowships and Traineeships

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Opportunities abroad

Foundation for Sustainable Development

Convergence: Experiential Environmental Programs for an Emerging World (India)

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

Me to We

The Otesha Project (Canada)

Earthwatch Institute

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Books & Articles

The Complete Guide to Landing a Green Job Source – free website with resources for job seekers

The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference: Environmental Work For A Sustainable World
by Environmental Careers Organization, Contributor Kevin Doyle

The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century
by the Environmental Careers Organization

Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors
by Julie DeGalan

Careers in the Environment
by Mike Fasulo and Paul Walker

Green Jobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment
by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn

Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers in an Era of Interdependence
by Melissa Everett

75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make a Difference
by PH. D. Glenn Croston

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