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Program Manager for a Non-Governmental Organization
Do you enjoy working with a community? Do you take pleasure in creating small change? Working for non-governmental organizations can be a rewarding and challenging experience, and an ideal place to live and breathe the values you feel so strongly about. You could be organizing an energy conservation initiative with local businesses, or coordinating a youth gardening program in your neighbourhood. These grassroots organizations need passionate people who care about making real environmental change.
A program manager is in charge of a specific program within an NGO. They determine how a program is to be implemented, which tasks need to be completed, and how to go about it in order to achieve the greatest level of success. They may also take care of hiring people and finding volunteers to help. Knowledge of budgeting and staffing are important.

Understanding: varies with the goals of the NGO

Skills: problem solving, decision making, organization, management, report writing, communication, attention to detail, English, and creativity

University degree is necessary, particularly in environment, sociology, political science, or related field. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, political science, mathematics, philosophy, geography, environment, and anthropology.

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.

$30,000-$50,000
Event Planner
Are you good at planning? Do you like taking control of events to make sure everything runs smoothly? Do you want to actively participate in creating a sustainable future? Many different types of organizations need event planners and environmental institutions are no exception. You may find yourself planning an eco-awareness fair for a green NGO, or helping the government promote a new environmental regulation through a big media event. Whatever the case, your organization skills and great ideas are sure to make a big green splash!
This position requires you to plan festivals, conferences, parties or media events for any number of different organizations. You will need to be highly organized and comfortable doing many things at once, as you will be managing all aspects of an event. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate venue for the event, managing a team of staff and volunteers, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. You will also be expected to “green” your event, which could mean hiring organic and local caterers, using electronic promotion to reduce paper use, and buying reusable event materials.

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.

College or university degree in communications, public relations, marketing, business, or related field is an asset, but experience may be enough. Useful courses include mathematics, English, geography, sociology, philosophy, and political science.

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.

$35,000-$45,000
Environmental Campaigner
Concerned about the environment? Want to inspire minds and make a difference? Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and charities often require passionate and creative thinkers to raise awareness and educate the public on specific environmental issues. These people, called campaigners, can play a crucial role in changing public attitudes and encouraging people to take action.
Working on public outreach projects, coordinating media and awareness events, preparing promotional materials and budgetary planning are all required of a campaigner (to varying degrees depending on the organization and the scope of the initiative). You may be working on various aspects of a project at the same time, so multitasking is important.

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.

University degree in related field an asset, though combination of education and experience may be sufficient. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy, geography, and anthropology.

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.

$35,000-$50,000

Community Animator
As an outgoing person, you have the drive to inform as many people as you can about sustainable energy practices and technology. You enjoy speaking to different kinds of people in a variety of positions. You are dynamic, eager, and a champion for change. Being part of a community that cares is very important to you and you get pleasure from knowing that you have participated in implementing projects that can make a difference.
You will be responsible for bringing people together and facilitating their efforts to make significant environmental change in their community. This can include helping residents set up renewable energy projects, offering information and resources, offering expertise and guidance on environmental regulations, and helping communities connect to the right people to get them started on their green initiative.

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

College or post-secondary education in one or more of the following: sociology, political science, public relations, environmental studies, geography, urban planning. Useful courses include English, sciences, sociology, political science, geography, and philosophy.

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).

$30,000-$60,000

Energy Manager
With energy costs on the rise, many companies and organizations are looking to Energy Managers to help them be smarter about their energy use. Energy Managers analyze an organization's energy use (including "peak times", or the times of day when the most amount of energy is being used) and help a company develop new, cost effective ways to be more energy efficient. In companies or organizations where renewable sources of energy are in place, the Energy Manager is also responsible for monitoring the energy output of those systems and reporting on its financial benefits. Working with a team, you will find ways to be as cost efficient as possible when it comes to your organization's energy use. If you've got an eye for detail and you love saving money and energy, then maybe this is the job for you!
Your responsibilities may include analyzing your organization's energy costs, developing energy efficiency programs, assessing renewable energy outputs, and developing cost effective ways to meet your organization's energy needs. You may also be expected to write detailed reports on your organization's energy use (including strategies to improve on it), as well as feasibility reports, which analyze new potential energy projects (like installing solar panels or replacing a lighting system) and determine whether they will be financially beneficial.

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.

A college degree in Energy Systems Engineering/Technology, or a related field is required in most cases, although a Licensed Electrician with a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation may also qualify. Useful courses include mathematics, economics, business, technology arts, and English.

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.

$45,000-$60,000
Development Coordinator
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Money, money, money! We all know it won’t buy us happiness, but unfortunately, it’s a necessary part of running an organization. Many non-governmental organizations and charities rely solely on public and private funding to run their programs. As a Development Coordinator, you will be a key player in helping these organizations grow and carry out their important work. Your savvy communication skills will help secure both long and short-term funding to support important environmental initiatives. Some environmental organizations have been around for decades, while others are emerging as new concerns arise. If you're a born networker and passionate about communicating big ideas, this may be the career for you!
Your main responsibility will be to communicate the importance of your organization’s project to potential funders, and convince them that it is worthy of their financial support. Specifically, your duties will include developing a fund raising strategy, soliciting individual and corporate donors, researching available grants, and writing proposals.

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.

A university degree in communications, public relations, or related field is a standard qualification. Relevant courses include English, sociology, political science, philosophy, and geography.

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.

$40,000-$80,000 (varies with experience)
Community Investment Manager
Do you wish the corporate world would lend a hand to support the community it serves? Community Investment Managers do just that. Working for large corporations, small businesses, charities, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions, Community Investment Managers help to fund projects that give back to the community. If you’re good with money, have great organization skills and love helping people, this could be the job for you!
Your duties will include allocating resources (loans, grants, gifts-in-kind donations, etc.), facilitating programs, managing staff and volunteers, and communicating with non-profit groups and community members. You will be responsible for presenting your organization’s vision to the media and may also be required to organize events and other activities to promote your company’s involvement in the community.

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

University degree in Communications, Public Relations, Business, or related field is necessary. Additional education or qualifications are an asset. Useful courses include English, mathematics, sociology, political science, philosophy, geography, and sciences.

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.

$30,000-$50,000
Sustainability Manager
As environmental responsibility and energy efficiency become bigger priorities amongst businesses and organizations, companies have begun employing personnel to deal specifically with its environmental practices. Sustainability Managers are responsible for the overall environmental picture within a company or organization, from cost analysis to policy implementation. You will develop energy efficiency or waste reduction policies, ensure that eco-friendly supplies and materials are being used, and monitor the overall environmental impact of the organization's operations. Working with a team, you will find practical and innovative ways to green your organization's practices.
You will be designing and implementing environmentally friendly programs and policies in businesses, hospitals, NGOs or any number of other institutions. Whether it's creating a new waste reduction program or developing strategies to be more energy efficient, your work will ensure that your company or organization is taking its environmental responsibility seriously. Other responsibilities include conducting monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, surveying energy data and costs, and preparing status reports.

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

University degree in Environmental Studies, Economics, or related field. Engineering degree is also relevant/useful. Relevant courses include sciences, computers, English, sociology, political science, environmental studies, mathematics/economics, and communications.

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.

$65,000-$90,000
Environmental Officer
Are you tired of seeing companies get away with poor environmental performance and practices? Becoming an Environmental Officer can be the solution. Usually employed by a government body, environmental officers help to enforce environmental regulations within the public and private sector. By making sure that companies are managing their energy, waste and pollution in accordance with the law, environmental officers help to ensure public safety.
As an environmental officer, you will need to be familiar with related environmental laws and regulations. You will conduct rigourous site assessments and track sustainability trends and compliance records within a particular sector. You may also be asked to develop best practice guidelines and strategies that will help companies understand and comply with laws and regulations. Alternately, you may find yourself working in the private sector, helping to ensure that your company meets all applicable laws and regulations.

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.

University degree in environmental science, environmental policy, or environmental engineering is necessary. Graduate degrees may be desired and provide additional earning potential. Relevant courses include English, biology, sociology, chemistry, and geography.

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.

$50,000-$75,000 (depending on education and experience)
Environmental Lawyer
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A passion for the environment and a strong sense of justice drives you. Environmental law is a new and challenging area where fresh ideas and determination really pay off. As an Environmental Lawyer, you may work with environmental disputes between parties, criminal cases, or perhaps in negotiating contracts and land claims for renewable energy developments.
Environmental lawyers are responsible for upholding and protecting the environmental laws of the country. This can mean representing an NGO (non-governmental organization), working independently with individuals and groups impacted by pollution, being part of a larger legal firm, or working for the government. Environmental legislation in Canada is complex, and varies from province to province, so staying up-to-date on your particular area of expertise will be key. As stricter laws are passed, corporations and private businesses will also need legal expertise to ensure that they comply with the latest environmental regulations. Environmental lawyers are sometimes also called upon to help develop new policies.

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.

A graduate law degree (called a J.D., or juris doctorate) is necessary to practice law, which requires articling with a law firm and successful completion of the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) following university education. Attending seminars and conferences can provide additional education. Useful courses include political science, sociology, philosophy, environment, business, psychology, and English.

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.

Varies with education and experience; $60,000-$150,000+

Policy advocate, policy analyst, policy maker, green business adviser/consultant

Environmental Consultant
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Environmental consultants are on the rise, as more businesses seek to implement environmentally-friendly practices in the workplace. Consultants are involved in a wide range of activities that address both the technical and behavioral aspects of "greening" a workplace, but essentially, their job is to interpret environmental regulations and help businesses stick to them. From implementing waste reduction programs to assessing the water quality in the area, environmental consultants play an important role in helping companies and organizations recognize their responsibilities to the environment. This is your chance to change the world, one company at a time!
Environmental consultants advise businesses and other organizations on how to create a more environmentally-friendly workplace. On the technical side of things, you may be performing energy audits and giving out advice on how to be more energy efficient. Alternately, you may be more involved in the scientific aspect of things, like conducting site assessments or surveying habitat loss. Other areas of responsibility can include helping businesses apply for permits, designing eco-friendly training practices for employees and ensuring that nearby ecosystems remain protected. Whatever your role, the goal is to establish a set of green policies that comply with the law and foster a culture of environmental responsibility in the workplace.

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.

A university degree in Environmental Studies or related studies is required. Useful courses include chemistry, biology, physics, geography, mathematics, English and political science.

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.

College diploma: $30,000-$35,000 University degree: $40,000-$60,000
Environmental Construction Project Manager
Do you work well under pressure? Can you handle tight deadlines? Are you a born leader? This career requires all those skills and more. You will coordinate all aspects of a major environmental construction project. You will have many responsibilities, including managing other people and reporting to general contractors or senior managers.
Following at least 10 years of experience and education, you will be prepared to oversee a small team of workers. Your responsibilities may include staffing, coordinating other workers and contractors, consulting with senior staff, and project planning. You will be involved at many levels of the project, so multi-tasking skills are a must.

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.

A degree in structural engineering, architecture, or construction sciences is desired, though sufficient experience may be acceptable. Useful courses include mathematics, economics, physics, chemistry, technology, and business.

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.

$55,000-$75,000
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