At a time when environmental conservation is one of the world’s hottest topics on the globe, the United States has come under the limelight as concerns emerge about the World’s most powerful nation’s commitment to this noble course.
In response, environmental protection bodies have come out boldly to show their faithfulness to mother nature.
The result is a surge in millions of dollars available for both the nature and science of environmental conservation.
This has, in turn, led to an increase in job opportunities in this field.
Environmental bodies across the country are looking for people to fill these positions either on voluntary or paid basis.
There is a lot of work to be done both within the country and overseas.
As an environmental lover, you might be wondering where these jobs are, right? Well, you have come to just the right place.
This article will answer pretty much every question you have about environmental jobs, from what they involve to whom the said employers are…right away!
Typical jobs/ Employers
Environmental jobs are bot artistic and scientific.
The artistic bit involves activities that touch directly on the surroundings like planting trees and proper garbage management and disposal.
The scientific bit is more about coming up with practices that can reverse already existing environmental hazards and looking for ways to go about our daily activities without harming the environment.
These include healthy farming practices and sustainable energy production and use e.g solar energy.
In this regard, you may realize there are environmental jobs in pretty much every sector.
There job opportunities for program managers, interns, clean-up volunteers, research officers, engineers, environmental crusaders, air quality specialists and environmental planners among others.
Universities and other research institutions seeking to develop environmental conservation policies are also key employers.
Working in the environmental sphere requires a balance of passion and skill.
The passion to conserve the environment comes first though. It is an area with a lot of divergent opinions and will require borderline religious beliefs.
How do you, for instance, convince people that dumping (to them, a little) garbage in an endless ocean poses any risk?
For those on the art side of the practice, convincing power is very important.
You will need to convince people to change their normal ways of doing things and probably do a lot of lobbying to have environmental legislation passed.
In the scientific realm, you will need to be very persistent in your research and always have the thirst to innovate.
Keenness is key to observe how different phenomena affect the environment and come up with solutions.
Perceived solutions may pose new problems e.g sustainable wind energy posing a new threat to bird life, so a lot of patience is also necessary.
For volunteers and temporary workers, keenness and desire to learn are key personal attributes.
The duties of an environmental worker are variant and heavily specific to the particular job and task at hand.
One day an employee may go out and plant trees and on another day go out and address students on the importance of avoiding dumping.
The same person may be required to demonstrate against logging on another day.
An environmental scientist will be required to read about the effects of past practices on one day then get down to testing different methods of doing things on another.
A different task may require them to go out on the field and observe the effect of current practices on the soil or air.
The upside of this dynamic nature of environmental jobs is that the availability of new tasks at every turn prevents monotony and keeps providing new learning opportunities.
Academic certification is necessary for almost every area of scientific environmental jobs.
Whether you are interning or picking up a temporary research role, you will need to show that you are well versed with the concepts of environmental science.
The upside is that these are the best paying environmental jobs and offer better chances of retention and/or future gigs.
Environmental arts, on the other hand, are open to pretty much anyone with the passion.
Past experience is not mandatory so long as you are willing to learn.
There are also more jobs available in this area. There is a job for just about everyone in the environmental arts.
In both areas, however, resilience is always a key attribute.