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Sustainability / Conservation / Energy

Welcome to the Sustainability, Conservation and Energy interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that 1) Provide sufficient amounts of energy for today's world without undermining environmental integrity or draining future resources. 2) Produce a good or service that benefits the environment or conserves natural resources. This good or service could be renewable energy, pollution reduction, an organic product, or environmental compliance. 3) Reduce the environmental impact of an organization’s production processes. Responsibilities might include establishing cost-cutting initiatives such as energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, waste management, or resource conservation.

People who pursue careers in Sustainability/Conservation/Energy may focus on helping organizations and companies run more efficiently, thereby increasing their profits, pleasing their customer base, and creating a sense of well-being among the community. They may focus on issues ranging from reducing ecological footprint and minimizing pollution to working directly on environmental and sustainability issues in various sectors, or in areas like solar energy, wind power, hydropower and more.

These jobs exist in emerging green sectors and in traditional sectors such as manufacturing, technology, insurance, and state and federal government, making the world of sustainability/conservation/energy one that is both deeply rooted in our day-to-day life and the subject of much innovation and research.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): Air Quality Forecaster; Aquatic Biologist; Biofuel Production Operator; Ecotourism Guide; Environmental Public Relations Specialist; Geoscientist; Hydrographic Surveyor; Landscape Architect; Soil Conservation Technician' Sustainability Program Coordinator; Watershed Manager; Watershed Science Technician; Wetland Specialist; Wind Energy Engineer

Check Out Resources in Environmental Career Resources

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We have been connecting leading environmental, conservation, and sustainability employers with top candidates for over 40 years.

The Environmental Career Center provides employers and job seekers with comprehensive career, and staffing services in the …

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Check out Seattle Green Jobs List

Green Jobs Network > Seattle Green Jobs

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This is a listing of resources to assist Seattle job seekers who are looking for jobs or careers that focus on social or environmental responsibility. To …

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How to Land Your Dream Environmental Job (Shared Article from Idealist)

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Whether you are an engineer, a community organizer, or a policy wonk, it’s likely that there is a job that’s a fit for you in the environmental sector. It is one of the fastest …

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5 Tips For Finding The Right Environmental Policy Career For You (Shared Article from Top Universities)

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If, like millions of others around the world, you have a real passion for the environment and sustainability, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in the industry.

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Environmental Consulting Career Advice (Shared Article from PM Environmental)

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Environmental Consulting Career Advice

The environmental consultants at PM Environmental understand the need to communicate in layman’s terms, so they can help you reduce uncertainty and understand the results. PM Environmental’s mission is to …

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Jobs postings, tips and advice and information on the annual UW Environmental Career Fair.

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