Chatham University

Sustainability Career Resources

The following list provides several great resources for students to learn about careers, education, internship, and job opportunities in the sustainability field. It is not a complete list of all career resources for the field available, but does provide an excellent source to help students with sustainability job searches.

Career Resources

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

A collection of sustainability-related job listings and resources delivered via weekly newsletter.
www.aashe.org/connect/enewsletters/bulletin/

Cyber-Sierra's Natural Resources Job Search

Resources and information on jobs in natural resource conservation and ecology, with job listings by discipline.
www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/

EnviroEducation Job Centre

Environmental management education resources and articles.
www.enviroeducation.com

Erb Institute Career Resources

School-specific career resources and links to helpful organizations.
www.erb.umich.edu/education-programs/mbams/careers/

Green Career Central

Resource to support job seekers in navigating options for a green economy.
www.greencareercentral.com

Green for All

Information on green collar jobs.
www.greenforall.org/resources/green-collar-job-overview/

Idealist.org

Job listings in environmental and sustainability fields, including resources and career development information.
www.idealist.org/

iSeek Green

Resources for green career paths.
www.iseek.org/industry/green/careers/green-pathways.html

Jobs for the Future

Resources for job readiness in different fields.
www.jff.org

LinkedIn Green Jobs Career Network

Job listing, network, and resources in green fields; membership approval required.
www.linkedin.com/groups/Green-Jobs-Career-Network-77194/about

LinkedIn Greenforce Initiative

Information on natural conservation and environmental job force development.
www.linkedin.com/groups/Greenforce-Initiative-4007398/about

National Registry of Environment Professionals

Job listing and career resources for environmental professionals.
www.nrep.ehscareers.com/

NWF Greenforce Initiative

Information on natural conservation and environmental job force development.
www.nwf.org/Greenforce-Initiative.aspx

Oregon Green Pathways

Information on different green or sustainable job choices.
www.oregongreenpathways.org/

Society of Environmental Journalists

Job listing and resources for careers in environmental journalism.
www.sej.org/careers

Solar Energy International

Resources on solar energy for educators and students interested in renewables.
www.solarenergy.org/resources-educators

UNEP Green Jobs Program

Resources on ways to contribute to green economies across the world.
www.ilo.org/empent/units/green-jobs-programme/about-the-programme/

University of Tennessee Center for Impact Careers

School-specific resources and links to helpful organizations for a high-impact career.
www.impactcareers.utk.edu

US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Description of green career pathways and resources to prepare for these careers.
www.bls.gov/green/

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

State-specific resource on ways to contribute to a local green economy.
www.vsjf.org

Job Listing Boards

Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)

Job listing for environmental professionals.
www.careers.awma.org/jobs/

American Forest.org

Careers in forest conservation.
www.americanforests.org/who-we-are-about-us/jobs/

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Energy engineer job postings.
www.energyvortex.com/careercenter/

BALLE

Local economy movement job listings.
www.bealocalist.org/careers

BiologyJobs.com

Careers in biology, conservation, and oceanography.
www.biologyjobs.com

CleanTechies

SimplyHired-powered job search engine that pulls sustainability-linked job opening results.
www.cleantechjobs.cleantechies.com/a/jobs/find-jobs/q-sustainability

Colorado State University Jobs and Internships

Natural resource job postings.
www.warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs-and-internships

Community College Sustainability Collaborative

Comprehensive inventory of job listing sites for a wide spectrum of environmental, sustainability, and conservation careers.
www.ccsustain.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/finding-a-job-in-sustainability-a-resource-list/

Conservation International

Careers in conservation.
tbe.taleo.net/CH08/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=CONSERVATION

CoolWorks.com

Job opportunities in the outdoors and national parks.
www.coolworks.com

Earthworks Jobs

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.earthworks-jobs.com

Eco Employ

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.ecoemploy.com

EcoClub Ecotourism

International ecotourism job listing (membership required).
www.ecoclub.com/jobs

EHSCareers.com

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.ehscareers.com

ENDS Job Search

Job listings in energy and environmental fields.
www.endsjobsearch.co.uk/

Environmental Career Opportunities

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.ecojobs.com

Environmental Expert

Industry-based jobs in environmental fields.
www.environmental-expert.com/jobs

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Careers in US-based environmental protection fields.
www.epa.gov/careers/

EnvironmentalCareer.com

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.environmentalcareer.com

EnvironmentalJobs.com

Job listings in environmental fields.
www.environmentaljobs.com

Forest Services

Government-based forestry job listing.
www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs/

GoodWork Canada

Green job list for positions in Canada.
www.planetfriendly.net/goodwork.html

Green Biz

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.greenbiz.com/jobs/

Green Dream Jobs

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.sustainablebusiness.com/jobs

Green Energy Jobs

Job listing in renewable energy fields.
www.greenenergyjobs.com

Green Jobs

Job listing in renewable energy fields.
www.greenjobs.com

Green Jobs Board (limited)

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.greenjobsearch.org

Green Jobs Network

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.greenjobs.net/#

GreenBiz.com Jobs Board

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.jobs.greenbiz.com

HomePower Magazine

Job listing in renewable energy fields (membership required).
www.homepower.com/resources/jobs.cfm

Land Trust Alliance

Job listing in conservation fields.
www.landtrustalliance.org/about/jobs

National Audubon Society

Job listing in biodiversity promotion opportunities.
https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/intro?hashed=0

National Park Services

National park service job board.
www.nps.gov/personnel/

Net Impact

Careers with social and environmental impact.
https://netimpact.org/careers/

Rodale Institute

Jobs in organic farming fields.
www.rodaleinstitute.org/about-us/work-with-us/

Smartbrief on Sustainability Jobs

Jobs in sustainability fields (requires a search for "sustainability" or other relevant keywords).
jobs.smartbrief.com/board/UN_WIRE?sid=5e32ed3d-1c27-421f-beab-e0e23f037499

Sustainable Industries Jobs Board

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.sustainableindustries.com/jobs/search

The Environmental Careers Organization

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.eco.org

TreeHugger Jobs

Job listing in environmental and sustainability fields.
www.jobs.treehugger.com

What Can You Do with a Degree in Sustainability?

Sustainability professionals will be one of the most in-demand professions over the next decade. Executive recruiters and independent reports, including the 2011 Brookings Institution comprehensive report on green economy job growth, all agree on this point.

Think of sustainability as an organizing principle – one which can be applied to all aspects of one's life. Living sustainably means using resources here and now without undermining the opportunity for people in other places and times to enjoy well-being at least as satisfactory as our own.

Often termed as "green" or "clean economy" jobs, careers in sustainability are available in many fields, from the corporate executive office to all levels in government, not-for-profit, education and more. Take a look at our sample list of job categories below. Visit some of the online job sites we've posted as well. It'll give you a better idea of the prevalence and variety of sustainability jobs already available.

Sustainability touches all aspects of our lives already. We want to help you to become sustainability professionals. We look forward to being surprised and inspired by the range of positions that you'll find, and expect that many of you will define your own job! Whether you're already in a sustainability-related role or are looking to expand your education in the field, we have the program for you.

Did you know that according to TIME Moneyland, sustainability professionals will be one of the most in demand professions over the next decade? "Adam Zak, an executive recruiter, told The New York Times in August that demand for workers with sustainability-related job skills is 'through the roof.' He estimates a 40-percent increase in the number of companies looking for sustainability professionals just in the past year."

Additional Information

  • Due to the rapid growth of the green job sector, it is difficult to get a handle on how many people currently work in the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been undertaking an extensive survey process to collect data on green jobs. Current results can be found here: www.bls.gov/green
  • The Brookings institute came out with a report in July of 2011 called “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment.”
  • For daily news and reports on sustainability, green technology, climate change and more, the New York Times Dot Earth column, The Guardian (UK) for a look at European progress, and to help put things squarely in perspective, don't forget Grist.org. You can also set up your own Google News Alert for sustainability, green jobs, or anything else.
  • Networking can work to your advantage when searching for positions. LinkedIn.com has some very good green jobs groups and some not so great. If you're not a member, you'll have to sign up - the basic membership is free. Have a look at the green jobs & career networks as well as any related to sustainability.
  • Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.