Understanding: varies with the goals of the NGO
Skills: problem solving, decision making, organization, management, report writing, communication, attention to detail, English, and creativity
Relationships: As part of an NGO, you will be communicating with a number of different people and organizations. These may include funders, other NGOs, government agencies, and businesses.
Atmosphere: NGO work can take you many places. Your work will often take place in an office, but you may need to travel to conferences, meetings, and even overseas, depending on the goals and mandate of your NGO.
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: 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).
Understanding: energy efficiency and LEED principles, renewable energy sources, energy costs in the region, electrical and mechanical equipment (operations and maintenance), and power transmission principles.
Skills: mathematics, communication, technical language understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making.
Relationships: You may be managing a small team and communicating with various other departments in your organization.
Atmosphere: You will mostly be working in an office but may be required to do on-site monitoring and surveying.
Understanding: various environmental issues as determined by organization's agenda and goals
Skills: English, writing, communication, research, organization, analysis, problem solving, decision making, critical thinking.
Relationships: As you will be interacting with a variety of people, you must be adaptable to each situation. You may be applying to government agencies, foundations, or businesses. It is very important to maintain good working relationships with potential donors and grant providers, so having a solid professional attitude will be key.
Atmosphere: Most of the time, you will be in an office, though some travel may be required for meetings and presentations.
Understanding: community needs, health and social wellness issues, various environmental issues
Skills: problem solving, decision-making, organization, project management, research, report writing, communication, attention to detail
Relationships: Working with a variety of stakeholders, you will communicate the ideas and goals of the organization. You may manage a team or work independently.
Atmosphere: Working largely in an office environment, though some travel may be required.
Understanding: energy efficiency principles, energy-saving technology, energy markets, and time-of-use pricing
Skills: critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, organization, communication, English, accounting, program management, research, writing
Relationships: As manager, you are responsible for a number of other employees. You may find yourself in meetings with government officials, other managers, and corporate officers.
Atmosphere: Your time is largely spent in an office, though some travel may be required if you are acting as a consultant or for policy recommendations.
Understanding: energy efficiency and pollution prevention principles, environmental law, and broad knowledge of environmental issues.
Skills: problem solving, critical thinking, organization, research, English (both official languages an asset), report writing, communication, attention to detail, analysis.
Relationships: You will be working with other members of government as well as sector councils and companies to develop compliance strategies.
Atmosphere: Your time will be split between being on site and in the office, travel to conferences or meetings may be required.
Understanding: broad understanding of environmental laws and issues, though specialization in a specific area is beneficial.
Skills: problem solving, public speaking, critical thinking, organization, research, negotiation, report writing.
Relationships: Connections will be made with a number of other lawyers, government agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and businesses.
Atmosphere: Work will be in an office, in a courtroom, in a boardroom negotiating settlements, in the field interviewing witnesses, and visiting sites. Lawyers are often required to work very long hours.
Understanding: broad knowledge of environmental policies and heath and safety regulations, with specific expertise in areas that include biology, waste and water management, pollution, energy efficiency, ecosystem and habitat assessment.
Skills: critical thinking, analysis, organization, communication, decision-making, attention to detail, report writing.
Relationships: You will constantly be working for new clients, but may also spend time working alone or with a small team.
Atmosphere: As a consultant, you may work from home or in a small office, with frequent trips on-site.
Understanding: health and safety standards; general understanding of environmental concerns, though specialized education may be beneficial; LEED certification an asset, though strong knowledge of energy efficiency and green building principles may suffice.
Skills: interpersonal, communication, computer skills, writing, leadership, project management, attention to detail.
Relationships: As a crucial member of a team, you will both supervise staff and work with other projects leads, such as consultants, municipal officials, and contractors.
Atmosphere: Generally outdoors, though travel may likely be required depending on the location of the job site.