Good Green Jobs: where to start looking?

The Good Green Jobs wall at Green Drinks Edmonton, 1 Oct 2014. Photo courtesy of Tad Hargrave.
The Good Green Jobs wall at Green Drinks Edmonton, Oct 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of Tad Hargrave.

Looking for a good, green job in Edmonton? Perhaps you want to expand your experience with a volunteer position? These resources, crowdsourced from the attendees of Green Drinks Edmonton, are a fine place to start.

Government work:
Many positions can be found with government departments and agencies. Job listings can be found at the Government of Alberta Jobs website, including jobs in Parks, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and policy development positions, and at the Government of Canada Employment Website, which includes work with Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada.

Summer work:
You might be surprised to discover youth summer positions listed on government websites, such as AESRD’s Alberta Junior Forest Rangers program.

Career development or exploration:
Nonprofit associations and professional associations often maintain job listings or spread the word through their websites and social media, as well as offering invaluable networking, education and volunteer opportunities. Examples of such organizations are the Alberta Environmental Network, the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists, the Canada Green Building Council, the Canadian Land Reclamation Association, ECO Canada and the Environmental Sevices Association of Alberta.

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Job listings can also be found on websites specifically designed for environmental job seekers, such as, WorkCabin and Forestry Jobs In Canada.

Don’t forget, one of the most reliable ways to get a job might be with a project you already love.

Volunteer opportunities are a tremendous way to enlarge your skill set and improve your resume while giving back. Not-for-profit organizations who specialize in environmental activism, education or land stewardship are always looking for passionate volunteers and, from time to time, those volunteer gigs turn into jobs in those organizations. Check out the websites of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Northern Alberta Chapter, the Edmonton and Area Land Trust and the Sierra Club’s Prairie Chapter, for example. (It so happens that The Local Good are always looking for volunteers, too.)

One recent job hunter’s advice: network! Attending presentations and speaking events is a great way to find work through word-of-mouth.

Finally, don’t forget to check the #yegjobs and #yegvolunteer hashtags on Twitter.

What resources did the Green Drinks Edmonton attendees miss? Let us know in the comments!