Understanding: environmental sciences, ethics and psychology, socio-economic conditions, social needs of the public
Skills: communication, creativity, innovation, adaptability, trend recognition, time-management, critical thinking, research, organization
Relationships: You will likely work in a small organization, dealing with different clients and partner organizations.
Atmosphere: You will generally be working in an office, though some travel may be required.
Understanding: resource reduction, energy efficiency.
Skills: creativity, innovation, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, organization, English (being bilingual is an asset), team management, research, communication, attention to detail.
Relationships: As you will be managing all aspect of the event, you should be prepared to work with a diverse range of people. You may be managing a small team or working independently, depending on the size and nature of the event. You must have excellent people skills as this position is almost entirely interactive. Atmosphere: You may be working indoors or outdoors depending on the nature of the event, and you will likely spend time in an office in the planning stages.
Understanding: alternative energy sources, conservation, climate change issues, sustainability, ecology.
Skills: public speaking, leadership, creativity, innovation, communication, organization, adaptability.
Relationships: You will have frequent interactions with other staff/volunteers and the general public (all age groups). At times, you may be required to work alone or in a team.
Atmosphere: You may find yourself in a classroom, at a national or provincial park, or at an outdoor field centre. As some activities will be outdoors, you must be able to work in a variety of different conditions.
Understanding: variety of environmental issues as determined by organization, familiarity with environmental public policy.
Skills: public speaking, decision-making, problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, report writing, communication, attention to detail, analysis, project management.
Relationships: As you will be interacting with a variety of people, you must be adaptable to each situation. You may be presenting to government officials, other NGOs, businesses, citizens, or other members of your organization. You may also be responsible for a team of volunteers or other co-workers.
Atmosphere: Time will likely be split between office work and travel to different communities or conferences.
Understanding: broad awareness of alternative energy sources and applicability in an urban community setting, understanding of municipal policy, and familiarity with the political and social challenges of a particular community
Skills: networking, communication, public speaking, outreach, research, report-writing, creativity, leadership, strategic planning, and community planning; additional languages would be an asset
Relationships: You will primarily be working with members of a community. You will be responsible for establishing and facilitating connections between various groups and may be working independently at times.
Atmosphere: Your work will be split between working within the community and time in the office. You will likely be employed by a charitable or non-governmental organization (NGO).
Your responsibilities will vary depending on what type of organization you work for. You could be promoting environmental aspects of the business, or engaging the public to act on a particular issue. Regardless, you will likely work with various media channels to get your message across. Your duties may include preparing promotional material, organizing events, and coordinating public outreach campaigns.
Relationships: You may be reporting to a manager, supervising a small team, and/or providing support to other departments and partners. The position will likely require networking with different media partners and other key supporters.
Atmosphere: You will work primarily in an office, though some travel may be necessary. Communications Officers are often employed by governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, private and public organizations.
Understanding: knowledge of different renewable energy types and energy markets, knowledge of applicable green energy regulations (eg. the Feed-in-Tariff program)
Skills: communication, decision making, sales, project management, business
Relationships: You will likely be working closely with clients, investors, and senior members of your company. You may also be managing a sales team and working with other business partners and consultants.
Atmosphere: You will spend most of your time in an office environment but may be required to travel for meetings or presentations.
Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental processes and economic principles, including life cycle analysis.
Skills: mathematics, research, analysis, communication, decision-making, organization, critical thinking.
Relationships: Working with government officials, other economists, or corporate officers, you will be conducting analyses, assessing costs, and making recommendations on a variety of environmental issues.
Atmosphere: Most of your time will be spent in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings. Opportunities may present themselves to also teach the skills and methods you have learned in a university setting.
Understanding: variety of environmental policies and trends, socio-economics
Skills: communication, persistence, negotiation, writing, interpersonal
Relationships: You will be working with government officials, other policy advocates, special interest groups, non-governmental organizations, media.
Atmosphere: Often in an office, though national travel will likely be necessary.
Understanding: fuel economy and emissions, transmission and engine systems, vehicle dynamics.
Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, report writing, computers, analysis, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Relationships: As part of a team, you will be reporting to a supervisor and communicating with other engineers and researchers. As you advance, you may make presentations to potential clients, become a supervisor yourself, or manage the design of an entire project.
Atmosphere: You may be working in a laboratory, out in the field, or in a manufacturing plant.
Understanding: LEED and green building principles, energy efficiency.
Skills: mathematics, attention to detail, communication, attention to detail, electrical design principles, computers.
Relationships: You may be working independently or as part of a small team.
Atmosphere: Work may be indoors or outdoors depending on the project.