Green Careers is a broad term that reflects an individual’s values in the type of work they choose to do, whether in clean technology, creating organic and natural products, participating in a sustainable development, environmental protection and preservation, educational, or entrepreneurial. You can find professionals in Green Careers across many industries. Breaking into the fields requires you do some research on the types of industries that interest you and the skills you would like to use (research, writing, marketing, etc.). All majors can participate in different aspects of green careers. For example, engineers may participate in alternative fuel creation; humanities concentrators may contribute to marketing initiatives, public relations, and other strategic initiatives. If you are interested in law, you can participate in environmental and regulatory law; those interested in finance can join financial firms as sustainability and sustainable investment analysts. There are green architects, environmental marketing specialists, ecotourism guides, etc. Participating in an internship or even volunteer work will enable you to gain experience that will build upon your interests and skills.
Alumni Careers Network
Alumni have VOLUNTEERED to have students contact them for advice and information about majors and careers. The Alumni Careers Network
(ACN), with 4,500 volunteers worldwide, is a searchable on-line database of Princeton alumni who are willing and eager for you to contact them so they can provide you with advice and assistance about their industry or career field.
Selected Online Resources
Directory of Environmental Programs
- Searchable online directory with extensive information about each environmental program.
- Job posting resource for jobs in engineering, the sciences, and related subjects.
- Emerging Green Builders NJ represents a coalition of students and young professionals intent on promoting the green building movement; Lists job/internships/educational seminars/events.
- Job postings specifically for engineering majors.
- Brings together leading environmental employers with the best candidates to work for a better environment.
Environmental Careers Opportunities
- Current jobs in Environmental policy, communications & advocacy, conservation, science/engineering, and education in non-profits, corporations and the government. Students must call 258-3325 for User ID and Password.
Environmental Careers Organization
- In 2001, ECO placed over 750 interns in paid positions.
Environmental Jobs and Careers
- Links to environmental opportunities in USA and Canada.
Environmental Organization Web Directory
- Links to all different types of environmental internship, job listing, and major environmental employer sites.
Fund for Public Interest Research Jobs
- Fund For The Public Interest is a national nonprofit organization working to increase the visibility, membership and political power of the nation’s leading environmental and progressive groups. They post year-round jobs for college grads.
Global Vision International
- Jobs, field-work placements, and 5 to 20-week expeditions in sustainable development, biological and zoological research, environmental education, and conservation.
- Job postings, internships, and other information on sustainability.
National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
- Links to environmental job databases and directories for a number of different environmental disciplines. Includes internship and job opportunities.
- An independent publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Orion Grassroots Network Internship Service
- To help connect students with vanguard environmental work. Contains an internship search of the member organizations.
Outdoor Adventure Professional Network
- Job board for those interested in wilderness and outdoor education.
Student Conservation Association
- The nation’s leading provider of conservation service opportunities. This is the Student Conservation Association’s page for Volunteer, Internship, and Employment opportunities within their organization.
- Internet community for businesses that integrate economic, social and environmental concerns into their core strategy. Includes a job board called "Green Dream Jobs."
World Directory of Environmental Organizations
- A global guide containing information about intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations that are "working to protect the Earth's resources." Find out "who does what."
Socially Responsible Business Websites
- Promotes social entrepreneurship, with internships and post-graduate listings.
This organization assists in identifying social entrepreneurs and their organizations world-wide.
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership- based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Often professional association websites offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.
National Association of Environmental Professionals
- A professional association for those in the environmental professions. A resource for networking, career research, and gathering informational articles.
The National Registry of Environmental Professionals
(NREP) - http://www.nrep.org/
- NREP is the largest U.S.
non-governmental environmental accrediting organization, and is recognized by the US Department of Energy
and Environmental Protection Agency
. NREP has about 12,000 members worldwide, including managers, technicians, and other professionals working on operations and management related to regulatory matters such as compliance with air, soil and water pollution regulations.
Selected Print Resources