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Social Marketer
You work in the advertising field, but you don't care about selling products. Rather, you sell ideas and influence positive behaviours. You see a world that values commodities and consumption, but imagine a world where people value the environment and seek to tread lightly on the earth. By pursuing a career in social marketing, you can feel good about what you do. You can wake up each morning and know that you are actively participating in producing social change, while working in a creative field that you love. This career can take you into many different environments. You may find yourself working for the government trying to improve its relationship with citizens, you may be with a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a specific agenda/goal to promote, or with a private company seeking a greater social change.
Using marketing skills, a social marketer aims to change behaviour rather than promote a product. For example, you may create print advertisements on the benefits of cycling, radio spots on energy conservation, and television ads about recycling. Building long term relationships and keeping your audience engaged will improve your opportunities for success

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

University degree in sociology, political science, marketing, or related field is necessary. Relevant courses include sociology, ethics, psychology, political science, marketing, human resources, environmental studies, English, sciences.

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.

$30,000-$50,000
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
Environmental Educator
Generally working outdoors and/or in a theatre or classroom-style setting, your goal is to educate groups about energy conservation, ecology, and sustainability. Whether presenting to school groups or on guided tours, your main goal is helping people learn about environmental issues in a fun and interactive manner, often with a strong hands-on component. You may be working from one site or travelling to multiple locations/classrooms.
Your job is to educate groups about renewable energy sources, ecology, sustainability, and other environmental issues. You may also be involved in designing workshops, lectures and environmental curriculum. At times, media relations may be necessary.

Understanding: alternative energy sources, conservation, climate change issues, sustainability, ecology.

Skills: public speaking, leadership, creativity, innovation, communication, organization, adaptability.

University education/teacher training is recommended, though experience may be sufficient. Depending on the position, experience with youth may be an asset. Useful courses include sciences, English, environmental studies, sciences, sociology, geography, and political science.

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.

$20,000-$40,000, depending on education background

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

Communications Officer
Communications Officers are employed in many different sectors. They can be found in large and small businesses, governments, or non-governmental/non-profit organizations. As a Communications Officer, you will be raising a company or organization's profile in the media, either with regard to a particular environmental issue or by presenting a broader environmental message. If you love speaking to people, relaying ideas, and making people understand new approaches and outlooks, communications may be for you.
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.

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.

Post-secondary education in communications, public relations, marketing, environmental studies, or business. A master's degree increases opportunities. Recommended courses include English, sciences, environmental studies, political science, sociology, and philosophy.

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.

1-4 years experience: $40,000-$55,000 5-9 years experience: $40,000-$65,000 10-19 years experience: $45,000-$75,000 20+ years experience: $50,000+
Renewable Energy Sales Representative
NREL
Are you passionate about renewable energy? Do you enjoy introducing family and friends to new ideas and getting them to think differently? Renewable energy sales representatives do that on a daily basis. This is an ideal position for anyone with a knack for sales and a passion for new technology.
You will be building close relationships with clients and offering different renewable energy options for homes and businesses. You will need to have a solid understanding of rebate guidelines and incentives and be up-to-date on all the latest products in the industry. Good customer service is essential and strong administrative skills will also come in handy.

Understanding: energy efficiency and renewable energy principles, knowledge of local climate and weather patterns

Skills: communication, organization, attention to detail, critical thinking, English

Experience in sales or customer service is usually required, and an educational background in environmental studies or communications may be useful. Useful courses include English, mathematics, computers, sociology, economics, political science, and geography.

Relationships: Creating and maintaining relationships with clients will be key, as a large part of your success will depend on your ability to sway the general public. You may also be required to meet sales quotas and encourage referrals.

Atmosphere: Depending on the nature of the position and the company, you may be required to travel frequently if you are responsible for a territory. You may also find yourself in a retail outlet that specializes in renewable energy sources.

As this type of position is largely commission-based, exact figures are not available. Some people, however, may have a base salary and commission.
Development Coordinator
CameraLady1
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)
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
Policy Advocate/Environmental Lobbyist
Greenpeace
In a competitive and challenging world where environmental messages don't always get the attention they deserve, you help bring green issues to the forefront. You represent concerned groups who seek to influence legislators on new and existing regulations and laws. Your job is not only to present environmental problems, but also to suggest and advocate for the most effective solutions. This is an exciting and competitive field with potential for national impacts. If you're a natural networker and love to talk, argue and negotiate, this career may be a great fit!
Your main responsibility is to present the right issues to the right people, so developing a network and gaining access to influential policy makers will be key. Much of the work will involve holding high-level meetings and advocating for positive environmental change in current policy. In addition, your work may include creating public awareness using innovative marketing and media strategies, and using public forums and events to engage the public in a particular cause.

Understanding: variety of environmental policies and trends, socio-economics

Skills: communication, persistence, negotiation, writing, interpersonal

A university degree is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in law or public policy is an asset. More importantly, most employers will want extensive experience in the green industry, including an established network and a thorough understanding of the environmental policies and politics at play. Courses in political science, law, sociology, economics, and environmental science are very useful.

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.

$35,000-$80,000
Environmental Policy Analyst
IESO
Designing new policy to protect the environment is what this dynamic and challenging career is all about. You are responsible for researching how people feel about the environment, what they want to see government do about it, and determining the best course of action. Policy affects many people, so finding a balance can be difficult, but also very rewarding.
You will work mostly with numbers, statistics and other forms of data to analyze trends in social thought and environmental concerns, and suggest or advocate for possible policy solutions. If you work for a government official, you may be responsible for crunching the data and writing brief reports for her or him to present to a committee. Policy Analysts compile all the research and data that make change in policy possible.

Understanding: broad understanding of environmental issues, though specializing in one area may be beneficial

Skills: communication, critical thinking, research, writing, and statistical analysis

A university degree is the minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in economics, law or public policy is an asset. Courses in sociology, political science, mathematics, economics, writing, and international relations are useful.

Relationships: You will be required to develop many different types of relationships, with government officials, businesses, NGOs, and members of the public, among others.

Atmosphere: You may find yourself working at any level of government, for a private company, or a non-governmental organization.

$50,000-$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
Kevin Lam
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
PNNL
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