In the average career, you’re going to do about 80,000 hours worth of work. If you are interested in dedicating that time toward sustainable or philanthropic causes, then this page might be helpful for you.
First off, make sure your resume is up on several big employment sites (with saved filters based on your experience, location, and preferences) to cast as wide a net as possible and let employers know you're available. You may not end up finding your next job from one of these sites, but it doesn't hurt to have another couple sets of eyes looking for you on the most heavily-trafficked job boards.
LinkedIn is especially important in a job search because it plays a dual role of search engine and providing first person connections to potential employers through your network. See if any of your connections have jobs with companies you'd like to work at and reach out to them. Companies usually have an internal referral track that will increase your chances of getting an interview.
After creating a profile on these job sites, algorithms will be set up looking for jobs matching your criteria. On your own, look for companies that align with your ethics and prepare as much as possible to be the type of candidate those companies are looking to hire.
Aggregate examples of past work that you are proud of, that show your impact, and have applications to the type of work you’re like to do. Also, make sure you’re showcasing your soft skills, as this is often where the separation between candidates is most noticeable.
Once you’ve landed an interview, research as much as possible. Of the most commonly asked interview questions, one of the easiest to prepare for and most predictive of future job performance is “What do you know about our company?” Also, make sure that you are sufficiently prepared to ask some questions of your own. It shows interest in what they do, that you’ve done your homework, that you are thinking about how you might fit in their culture, and hopefully showing the value you would bring to the company if they hired you.
The below groups are focused on connecting green jobs employers and candidates in a variety of industries. It would be impossible to continuously verify the ongoing accuracy of all these job boards, however they are good places to start looking if you're trying to supplement your individual search in applying directly with companies in which you are interested.
Green Jobs Network
Join the Facebook and LinkedIn groups and join their mailing list to hear about open positions nationwide in sustainability fields. You can also use their online search engine - GreenJobSearch.org to look for specific opportunities and apply filters based on your individual preferences.
This group is intended to be a resource for those who work in jobs pertaining to social or environmental responsibility (e.g. climate change, cleantech, CSR, green business, renewable energy, sustainability) and for those who are seeking employment or information on careers in these areas.
The Transitioning to Green Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to helping people find their place in the new world of the Green Economy. We help people progress from where they are today to where they wish to go in their career development and in their lives.
Green Jobs Network has published a three-part article series on Finding Green Jobs. The goal of this series is to provide basic information to help answer a fundamental question -- how can a job seeker locate green jobs? The three parts of this article are: Job Boards, The Hidden Green Job Market, & Future Green Jobs.
Department of Energy
Clean energy jobs can be found in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and can range from entry-level to professional positions in a wide range of fields. This section can help you familiarize yourself with different types of green energy jobs as you begin your search for a job that meets your interests and skills.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com was started in 1999 by a group of Renewable Energy professionals who wanted their work to relate to their passion for renewable energy. With this passion and the desire to create a long term sustainable business, we have created perhaps the single most recognized and trusted source for Renewable Energy News and Information on the Internet.
EnvironmentalScience.org's mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers.
We’re committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide.
While the USGBC is also an employer that needs to fill positions at its own company, it also offers the chance to become LEED certified and make yourself a more attractive job candidate in the construction industry. Check out the chapter nearest you.
Our Mission: Empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe.
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals. We work to make sustainability standard practice through empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners through ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification, education, knowledge sharing, research, and professional credentials.
Visit their Career Center and check out the list of open-access job resources located there.
Recruitment for a safe, sustainable future. We connect innovative organizations and talented people in sustainability, health & safety, corporate responsibility and energy.
Acre’s experienced recruitment executives, passionate sustainability and safety experts and talented researchers are committed to our core values of innovation, collaboration and integrity.
Green job search engine and community. Check out their job board found here.
NPO.net is a full-featured job board for nonprofits and most government that are looking for talent with community service experience. NPO.net is always free for job seekers and cost affordable for nonprofits that are looking for a way to manage job openings, applications, and ultimately, finding top talent.
Additional Job Resources
International Society of Sustainability Professionals - How to Get a Job in Sustainability
Weinreb Group - CSR Jobs and Sustainability Job Listing Sites
Green Job Board - Directory
Green Career Advisor LLC - Top 50 Posting Sites
Chicago & Illinois-specific Links
The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) was passed in late 2016. It is a milestone piece of legislation for the state and positions Illinois to be a regional and national leader in the renewable energy space. Below are some links that are specific to Chicagoland to help in your job search.
CEN is a resource for anyone interested in nature or conservation-related activities in northeastern Illinois and surrounding areas. CEN organizations are involved in important work, including habitat restoration; wetland, prairie, and watershed projects; urban gardening; energy conservation; composting, wildlife conservation; and recycling.
The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of solar and other forms of renewable energy through our mission of education and advocacy. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses..
The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) is headquartered in downtown Chicago, with staff across many Midwestern states. Our multi-disciplinary staff consists of public interest attorneys, policy analysts, MBAs, communications specialists, grassroots organizers, and support staff.
Environmental Chicago - Industry Nights
Environmental Chicago was created to provide a space where every facet of the regional environmental industry can come together for collaboration, inspiration and support as we fight the good fight.
Non-Profits and volunteer Boards
Aside from working in a job that directly counteracts climate change, another great way to build up work experience, show your passion for environmental & social justice causes, and find an outlet to create an impact in your community is joining a volunteer board, NPO, or NGO. This can be a supplement to your professional efforts. Or, it could help distinguish you among other candidates for a job, because it shows you are serious about doing whatever you can to get involved.
We operate a space to promote and support the non-governing boards of nonprofit organizations by creating a forum to share resources and ideas.
Membership is open to all current members of Associate Boards. Associate boards are considered to be any non-governing board whose primary focus is to support a nonprofit organization through philanthropic means. Membership is free.
The DELs work as an extension of Delta Institute to create programming that engages and empowers young leaders to advance innovation and sustainability in Chicago.
Learn more about BOOST, a live, crowd-funded pitch fest in support of energy, ecosystem, and waste innovations in Chicago, and find application information here. We are always looking for stellar young professionals to join this fun and rewarding associate board for a one-year term. Check back for the application in early December 2018.
The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas.
YNPN activates emerging leaders and helps them acquire the skills and awareness they need to be effective changemakers. With these leaders, we're building a diverse and powerful social sector that can support and strengthen our communities.